The Rape Recovery Center (RRC) is excited to announce that we are hosting a HAP-EMDR (Humanitarian Assistance Program - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) training February 15-17th, 2019. At the RRC EMDR therapy is a core component of the foundational training for our clinicians, given the extensive research and proven effectiveness of EMDR to heal post-traumatic stress. EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach where the goal is to process past experiences that are causing ongoing distress. Processing does not just mean talking about it, but to allow these experiences to be fully digested and stored appropriately in the brain.
For those who chose EMDR as a tool in their healing, they can expect their therapist to help them explore the details of their traumatic memories, including the accompanying emotions, beliefs, and body sensations. As the traumatic memory is processed, many trauma survivors find that they are left with less disturbing emotions, clearer understanding, and perspectives that lead to fuller life with a decrease in post-traumatic symptoms. For the effectiveness of this treatment, each person’s time and journey is individual and specialized to meet their unique needs.
Clients receiving therapy services at the Rape Recovery Center are able to engage in EMDR therapy, if it is a good fit for their personal healing journey. One of our esteemed therapists, Martha Mendes, CSW wrote about her experience and training in EMDR:
In order to explain why Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an important tool in the work I do in therapy, I need to talk a little about healing first. So, what is healing? The meaning of healing is subjective, therefore, it looks different for everybody. The way I commonly see healing is the process of becoming whole again and learning the path to this wholeness since it is not permanent. When I say whole, I mean connecting to our mind-soul-body in a curious, kind, and compassionate way.
I use EMDR as merely a tool that helps us learn that thoughts, emotions, and body sensations are not permanent. Through EMDR we not only re-process traumatic memories that are frozen in time in our mind, soul, and body, we also learn to notice thoughts, emotions, and body sensations before we react to them or attach a meaning to it. Viktor Frankl said "between the stimulus and the response there is a space, and in that space is your power and your freedom" and also your healing path, compassion, wisdom and love. Hence, EMDR is a tool that may assist the activation of our mind, soul and body's power to heal.
I would like to close this comment by bringing attention to the importance of stabilization, resourcing, and increasing positive affect before starting EMDR. This is the first step into healing and decreases the chances of re-traumatization.
For more information on the EMDR training at the Rape Recovery Center please see the information below:
Location of Training:
Rape Recovery Center
2035 S 1300 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Weekend I Dates: February 15-17, 2019
Weekend II Dates: To Be Determined
$445.00 per training (fee does not include consultation)
Laura Baumgart, LCSW
Phone: 801-467-7282 Ext. 214
Registration is limited to clinicians who work for non-profit or public sector organizations and graduate-level students who are currently practicing therapy. Please click on the link below to get to our training schedule to register for this event.