EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program Trauma Recovery Network

Our Mission

To develop and maintain a network of licensed clinicians who provide early EMDR interventions as part of the frontline trauma response and recovery in the Greater St. Louis Area.

The broad goals of emergency response of our chapter are “preparedness, mitigation, rescue and recovery.” We seek these   goals by pursuing six key functions for the benefit of our community:

  • Professional development
  • Public education
  • Networking with local emergency response system
  • Networking with other chapters in the National TRN
  • Responding to emergencies in our community
  • Responding to emergencies at the request of other chapters

What is a Trauma Recovery Network (TRN)?

A TRN is a local network of HAP volunteers and staff that is linked to a national network. Each TRN consists of several local EMDR clinicians, at least one EMDRIA-approved consultant, and a TRN coordinator (or a pair of co-coordinators). A TRN is created and prepared before disasters occur. Working from shared information and a common vision, each local unit sets its own priorities.

EMDR Network of Greater St. Louis Trauma Recovery Network (TRN) is a team of volunteers: EMDR trained and certified psychotherapists who collaborate with nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals who are trained to respond in the event of a community crisis such as fire, natural disaster, or a violent event.

Requirements to Becoming a TRN Volunteer

  • Licensed mental health practitioner in private practice. If you work at an agency, you will need an agency agreement authorizing treatment at your agency and coverage of malpractice insurance.
  • Completion of EMDR Therapy Basic Training (Part 1 and 2 plus 10 hours of consultation) by an EMDR approved program. A Certificate of Completion. We recommend that you be EMDR therapy certified, working toward certification, or practicing EMDR therapy for a minimum of 5 years.
  • If you received training prior to 2007, you must verify that you recently obtained or are willing to obtain additional training to update your know about EMDR Basic Training.
  • Agree to complete a Recent-Traumatic Events Protocol (R-TEP) training in the near future.
  • Carry liability and malpractice insurance at the $1 million/$3 million level, to cover their independent practice.
  • Review and accept the National TRN Mission and Functions,
  • Statement of Principles and Basic Standards documents.

What Do Volunteers Do?

  • Provide up to 6 pro bono sessions (per calendar year) of EMDR treatment to individuals affected by community disaster (in a therapist’s office), utilizing EMDR-based early interventions, as well as standard interventions endorsed by specialists in emergency care.
  • Provide referrals to other appropriate services (if needed) and be prepared to provide treatment within days or up to 3 months after a disaster or community emergency occurs.
  • Collaborate and provide trauma recovery with first responders.
  • Educate community organizations about the psychological impact of trauma and the effectiveness of EMDR in disaster relief.
  • Be active in “non-emergent” times preparing for potential emergencies. The work of volunteers may include but is not limited to: preparing and disseminating a Greater St. Louis Area TRN flier; conducting workshops for local EMDR clinicians (i.e., R-TEP or working with children who are witnesses to homicide); securing donations for Earth, Air, Water and Fire wristbands used for grounding; providing community mental health education to help those in need; or working with local agencies to conduct a needs assessment.

Additional Information

Our Greater St Louis Trauma Recovery Network has been invited to serve our local medical personnel from SSM and BJC using our Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (G-TEP). The G-TEP protocol was developed as a group intervention for recent traumatic situations including man-made and natural disaster as well as individuals coping with physical illness. The goal is to build resiliency and reduce the distress that occurs after a recent traumatic episode. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about the G-TEP protocol

How Do I Join?

If you are interested in becoming a member of our TRN, you must first register to become a volunteer for HAP. To become a volunteer for EMDR HAP, go to the Trauma Recovery Website (Trauma-Recovery.org). Once you have registered as a volunteer, go to the “Volunteers” page. Click on National Trauma Recovery Network (NTRN).

Go to the bottom of the page and click on “join”. Follow the steps on the TRN Member Application. When they ask which TRN you would like to join, select, “Greater St. Louis.”

Greater St. Louis TRN Coordinators

Ceil Renaud, MA, LPC
128 Enchanted Parkway, Suite 210
Manchester, MO 63021
Phone: (314) 749-3300
Email: crenaudmalpc@gmail.com

Laurie Furman, MS, MSW, LCSW
Furman Family Counseling, LLC
11715 Administration Drive, Suite 101; St. Louis, MO 63146
Phone: (314) 993-7616
Email: laurie@lauriefurman.com

Barb Edelman, MSW, LCSW
Phone: (314) 266-5316
Email: barbedelmantherapist@gmail.com

Lisa Johnson-Haire, MSW, LCSW
Phone: (314) 526-0525
Email: ljohnsonhaire@gmail.com