As a network of over 50 specially trained EMDR clinicians, we volunteer to respond to traumatic events that occur in Virginia and that have the capacity to overwhelm a community. Examples include but are not limited to natural disasters, violence, work-related accidents, and environmental disasters. We serve affected community members, first responders, and emergency room personnel. We also provide education to the community and first responders about the effects of traumatic stress and treatment with EMDR or early intervention protocols. VCRN is a 501(c)(3) organization. Services are provided free of charge.
REFERRALS AND DEPLOYMENTS
We receive referrals from entities such as schools, churches, local and state government, mental health and health care professionals, first responders, and other community organizations.
The decision to deploy clinicians to events may be based on the number of people impacted, injuries or casualties, disruption of normal life activities, and when events overwhelm the normal coping behaviors for people involved.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Our clinicians provide EMDR early intervention protocols. EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy that targets traumatic experiences, current triggers, and future challenges. This intervention may alleviate presenting symptoms, decrease distress around disturbing memories, improve one’s view of self, and offer relief from bodily disturbance, with a goal of returning clients to pre-incident functioning.