Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the central Philippines, reconstruction efforts are still underway. Survivors, volunteers and first responders continue to pick through shattered communities and the incredible debris of destroyed homes in what will be a very slow recovery.
For survivors of the storm, proper access to food, water and shelter is not the only priority; effective trauma treatment is also needed to allow survivors to move forward with their lives both emotionally and psychologically. Prior to this tragedy, the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs had already pledged to support work in the Philippines and the rest of Asia during the 2nd EMDR Asia Conference, which will be held in Manila in January 2014. But in light of the immediate need for assistance, they have arranged a training workshop for 50 participants in order to “increase our ability to provide support and to train others – those who will be greatly needed to provide hope and healing to those who are suffering” (EMDR HAP).
Below is the message that Dr. Marilyn Luber – a clinical psychologist, EMDR consultant, and author of the forthcoming title, Implementing EMDR Early Mental Health Interventions for Man-Made and Natural Disasters – shared with us announcing the conference. Donation efforts will enable volunteers to offer these services and improve the lives of those who experienced this terrible catastrophe. More information on how you can aid these efforts is below.
“The 2nd EMDR Asia Conference will be held in Manila from January 9-11, 2014. We have 65 mental health professionals registered who will attend the EMDR Basic Training conducted prior to the conference. In January, we will go to Tacloban and Mindoro to work with the survivors of the typhoon. The newly-trained group will become part of the volunteers who will go to the devastated areas where thousands have lost their loved ones, their homes, and their farms after one of the worst typhoons that devastated the eastern coast of the Philippines. We hope that you will come to the conference, stay and volunteer to help us in our response, or make a donation to help us address the terrible catastrophe that has recently occurred in our country. We thank Trauma Recovery: EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs for their support of the EMDR Basic Training and for offering their services to help you make a donation to support the EMDR Philippines relief effort (See www.emdrhap.org and when asked ‘Please use my donation for’ select ‘International’).”