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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 flyer;      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 


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- Once you have registered as a volunteer, go to the 

   “Volunteers” page. Click on National Trauma Recovery Network 


  • 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

Robyn Cherry, MSW, LCSW

10425 Old Olive Street Road, Suite 200; Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Phone: (314) 991-0700

Fax: (314) 469-1814

Email: [email protected]

Laurie Furman, MS, MSW, LCSW

Furman Family Counseling, LLC

11715 Administration Drive, Suite 101; St. Louis, MO 63146

Phone: (314) 993-7616

Email: [email protected]

Alynn Schmitt McManus, MSW, LCSW

677 North New Ballas Road, Suite 208; Creve Coeur, Missouri 63141

Phone: (314) 432-1056 Ext. 2

Email: [email protected]com

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Below is a link to great TedTalk on 
"Healing Trauma, Healing Humanity" by Rolf Carriere at TEDxGroningen.  Enjoy!