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Arizona EMDR Trauma Response Network MRC ( 2528 )

AETR2N is organized under EMDR HAP (Humanitarian Assistance Program). AETR2N is a part of a National effort to develop a network of local Volunteer Communities of EMDR Professionals dedicated to preventing PTSD and other negative individual, family, and community consequences following emergencies. Within this National framework, Trauma Recovery Networks (TRNs) are locally based, permanent, expandable networks of volunteer EMDR clinicians who are ready to respond, pro-bono with quality intervention. Building a trained, organized and permanent network now means that, in the future, disaster network clinicians will be in place knowing what to do and when to do it. This is especially true in the recovery phase of a disaster, when the natural resiliency has served most people and those remaining with stress symptoms need something stronger than debriefing or extended talk therapy. Licensed mental health professionals who volunteer with AETR2N receive training in the neurobiology of traumatic stress, methods for stabilization and effective post disaster treatment, techniques for working collaboratively with disaster response teams, and Early EMDR Interventions (EEIs) that can be used within hours, days or weeks of a traumatic event. Volunteers agree to improve and refine their knowledge and skills in recent incident and disaster relief protocols through training programs provided by the AETR2N, in four two- day weekend trainings. Following these trainings, volunteers further agree to provide up to 12 hours of pro-bono services per year. AETR2N currently have over 60 volunteers, State-wide, who are receiving training and have agreed to the provision of pro-bono services. Specifically, the mission statement of the AETR2N is three-fold: 1. Develop and establish an organized and prepared, locally based, Statewide network of EMDR clinicians who are ready to respond to a natural or manmade disaster, and assist those affected with 6-12 sessions of pro bono Early EMDR Intervention treatment. 2. Provide training and development of network clinicians in state-of-the-art emergency response and Early EMDR Interventions that are being used successfully in the field all over the world with great success. 3. Develop liaisons with first responder organizations and emergency response teams and educate the disaster response community about the benefits of utilizing Early EMDR Interventions. 4. Learn how, together, we can improve mental health services and provide best practice treatment to those that are victims of recent incident trauma in Arizona.

Community/Jurisdiction Served:

Maricopa County

Jurisdiction Notes :

Sponsoring Organization:
Arizona EMDR Trauma Response and Recovery Network


Unit Information:
8114 E. Cactus Road, Suite 240
United States, Commonwealths and Territories
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Contact Information:
No Contact Given

Unit Volunteers (60 Total) :
Volunteer Type Count
Physicians 0
Physician Assistants 0
Nurse Practitioners 0
Nurses 0
Pharmacists 0
Dentists 0
Veterinarians 0
Mental Health Professionals 60
EMS Professionals 0
Respiratory Therapists 0
Other Public Health/Medical 0
Non-Public Health/Non-Medical 0

Recent Activities:

7/1/2013 - 7/13/2013
Within hours of discovering the tragedies resulting from the Yarnell, AZ wildland fire, the AETR2N was beginning its mobilization plans. Our MRC unit had volunteers in the Prescott, Yarnell, Wickenburg areas that were able to quickly disseminate brochures to Disaster Response organizations, CISD teams, First responders, and the community. These brochures referred affected individuals to our website where they could download information on coping effectively with the aftermath of a disaster. Within 2 weeks, on July 13, a free training was provided in Prescott to EMDR Clinicians on Preventing PTSD through Early EMDR Interventions (EEI). It was attended by nearly 30 clinicians from all over the State of Arizona. The MRC award received by the AETR2N helped fund some important parts of the training such as: brochures that helped connect those significantly affected by the Wildfire to EMDR clinicians who are specially trained for recent incident trauma treatment, "Four Elements" wrist bands that will be given out to individuals in counseling to help them with stabilization, grounding and calming; Before, During and After EMDR Spect Scan posters, that clinicians can utilize with individuals affected by the disaster to help them understand what the neurobiology of trauma looks like. Beverlee Chasse, Lead Coordinator of the AETR2N and its MRC Unit Leader provided information on the importance of collaborative relationships with disaster response organizations and how our unit can fit in the continuum of care after a disaster of this kind. One of the AETR2N's greatest challenges has been, and continues to be getting the word out to the disaster response community and to the lay public about the pro bono services we offer for those experiencing prolonged or acute stress symptoms and how successful Early EMDR Interventions have been all over the globe after natural or manmade disasters like wildfires, earthquakes, floods, shootings, bombings. Information on where EMDR has been utilized can be found on our website Early EMDR intervention research is showing that we can quickly reduce maladaptive symptoms of recent incident trauma and significantly decrease the chances of people developing PTSD or other post disaster disorders or difficulties. We look forward to developing a strong relationship with other MRC units and working to get the word out to those affected by a disaster, first responders, the disaster response community that we are providing these valuable pro bono services. The MRC is a vital resource to us in educating the community about our efforts. We are grateful to be a part of this network of professionals dedicated to providing valuable contributions to those who need our assistance. As the efforts in providing ongoing pro bono recent incident trauma treatment to those affected from the Yarnell wildland fires continues, we will keep our MRC partners updated.