Having Trouble Coping?

After a disaster, survivors, loved ones, or first responders are at risk for distress. It's important to know when to ask for help. Signs of stress related to disaster may include:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and things
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than you should
  • Feeling unusually confused or forgetful; on edge, angry, or upset; or worried and scared
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Having thoughts and memories you can't get out of your head
  • Think of hurting or killing yourself or someone else
  • Unable to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school

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 throughout the state of Arizona.

What is EMDR?

(from the EMDRHAP website)

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a cost-effective non-invasive evidence-based method of psychotherapy that facilitates adaptive information processing developed by Francine Shapiro, PhD in the late 1980's. EMDR is an eight-phase treatment which comprehensively identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain's natural resilience or coping capacity, and have thereby generated traumatic symptoms and/or harmful coping strategies. Through EMDR therapy, patients are able to reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive.

For additonal information on EMDR you can go to www.emdr.com and for information in spanish you can go to www.revibapst.com.

What is the AzTRN?

The Arizona Chapter (AzTRN), is a volunteer host agency operating within the framework of the EMDR HAP (Humanitarian Assistance Program), the umbrella organization. As a vital part of this Volunteer Community of EMDR Professionals dedicated to preventing PTSD, we are ready to respond immediately in the case of an emergency situation or disaster in Arizona.

AzTRN Affiliations:

The AzTRN is proud to announce it has been accepted as a "Medical Reserve Corps" (MRC) Unit. Unit Details

AzTRN in Action

In addition to providing pro-bono EMDR therapy, the AzTRN conducts training and sponsors events throughout Arizona. The membership includes almost 200 volunteer professionals, all dedicated to providing therapy to individuals who have suffered a traumatic incident.

Here are some pictures of the AzTRN in action around Arizona.