Responding to psychological trauma and distress
- Developing capacity
- Treatment on the ground
- Continuing support for trauma workers
News programmes and daily news reports bring harrowing stories of populations caught up in war and conflicts across the globe. Behind the headlines lie stories of shattered lives and traumas from which victims may never recover. Such horrendous events impact on individuals, their families, communities and entire populations in myriads of ways over generations.
The horror continues in the form of nightmares, intrusive images, high anxiety, a sense of shame, depression – all common symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). The demand for help with psychological difficulties experienced by thos who have been both displaced and expereinced the trauma of war is overwhelming and the resources to assis are scarce.
HAP UK & Ireland is a registered charity set up to provide training in traumatology and EMDR ( Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) to local mental health professions in countries affected by trauma through war, natural disasters and other mass traumatic experiences. EMDR has been recognized internationally as an effective treatment for Post-Traumatic Disorder (PTSD) including the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE 2005) in the UK and more recently by the World Health Organisation (WHO 2013).
We work in partnership with mental health professionals in countries affected by trauma to build a body of qualified and experienced professionals who can not only provide EMDR treatment but in turn train others to become proficient in the use of EMDR to treat the devastating symptoms of trauma.
After the war is over: This article by Sian Morgan, HAP UK & Ireland sets out HAP’s philosophy of supporting work with traumatised communites worldwide.
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