Why do we need special training for early EMDR intervention?


Immediately after a trauma occurs, memories have not had time to form into a consolidated whole. Trauma victims experience fragmented memories, and treating these requires the use of different protocols.


"...a fragmented experience that has not yet consolidated so that no single image can represent the entire event. It is therefore necessary to separately process a number of targets, which are aspects or parts of the event in order to facilitate integration and consolidation." Francine Shaprio, 1995 and 2001; cited in Elan Shapiro 2009


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Past AzTRN Training/Special Activities


EMDR R-TEP/G-TEP training October, 2016, Scottsdale, Az

EMDR Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP) Workshop & EMDR Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (G-TEP) Training | Saturday, October 1, & Sunday October 2, 2016, at The Meadows Outpatient Center, Scottsdale, Az


The R-TEP workshop (day 1) incorporated and extended existing protocols within a new conceptual framework, together with additional measures for containment and safety.

The G-TEP workshop (day 2) gave a brief overview of the Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP) and presented a new practical application: the G-TEP (Group Traumatic Episode Protocol) -with its worksheet format for simplified utilization in emergency situations.


For details, eligibility, and cost - View Event Brochure: [click here]


Transforming Trauma: Former Congressman Ron Barber's Story of Healing | Saturday, January 9, 2016, at University Medical Center, Tucson, Az


Ron and a panel of experts discussed and answered questions regarding the nature of trauma and its impact.


pix with ron barber
pix with ron barber

pix with ron barber
pix with ron barber



EMDR-IGTP/PRECI training November, 2015, Phoenix, Az

EMDR-Integrative Group Treatment Protocol (EMDR-IGTP) and EMDR Protocol for Recent Critical Incidents (EMDR-PRECI) | Saturday, November 7, 2015, Phoenix, Az


These are two protocols of the EMDR Psychological Second Aid for Self-Care Module of the new United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) training course entitled: Confronting Trauma: A Primer for Peace Operations Personnel and Humanitarian Aid Workers. The aim of this course was to bring proven techniques of self-care and trauma therapy to these two priority target audiences that comprise humanitarian aid workers from NGOs plus military, police and civilian peacekeepers, both within and outside UN deployments, who often experience extremely distressing circumstances and traumatic events.

The training was presented by Ignacio Jarero, PhD, EdD., and participants received 7 Professional & EMDRIA credits for attending this course.

View Event Brochure: [click here]



Creative Collaboration: Understanding Our Role as Partners in Disaster Response | AzTRN Training Series for 2015-2016


Red Cross Psychological First Aid and Disaster Mental Health Training | Friday, April 24, 2015, Phoenix, Az., 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.


This training was conducted at Argosy University, 2233 W. Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (4th floor). [click here] for a map. The Red Cross trainer, who is also an EMDR therapist, is Stephanie Vitanza, Ph.D. No CEU's will awarded for this training but everyone who attends will become part of the database of qualified volunteers eligible to provide services if called upon by the Red Cross.

View Event Brochure: [click here]



Early EMDR Interventions: Preventing PTSD and other Post-Disaster Injuries/Disorders | Friday, November 7, 2014, Tucson, Az

View Event Brochure: [click here]





EMDR Interventions and R-TEP training in Tucson, Az
November 2014

EMDR R-TEP (Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol) | Saturday, November 8, 2014, Tucson, Az

View Event Brochure: [click here]



AzTRN Therapist Training in Prescott, July 2013
shortly after the Yarnell disaster


Early EMDR Interventions: Preventing PTSD and other Post Disaster Injuries/Disorders | July 13, 2013 - Prescott, Arizona


Julie Miller and Bev Laidlaw Chasse provided a modified version of a workshop they had previously conducted at the EMDR Canada Conference in May, "Preventing PTSD through Early EMDR Intervention.They went through materials that volunteers needed in order to provide pro bono counseling, they also briefly reviewed Early EMDR Protocols (Emergency Response Procedure, Recent Event Protocol, EMDR-PRECI, R-TEP, IGTP Group Protocol). Sierra Tucson agreed to provide five hours of professional CE's (thank you Lisa Jane Vargas). There was no charge for this workshop, and participants were able to download all of the materials needed from the "Members Only" page of the AzTRN.com website!!! (contact Bev Laidlaw Chasse for password access to this page)

All AzTRN volunteers were encouraged to attend this workshop for a review, or to obtain additional information that may have been missed during previous training. We also encouraged volunteers to bring any EMDR collegues that were interested in becoming part of the AzTRN team.


The EMDR Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (EMDR R-TEP) Training | June 21, 2014 - Phoenix, Arizona


This is a sponsored advanced clinical workshop for therapists and provides 6 CE's for both Professional Development and EMDRIA.

View Event Brochure: [click here]




Building a Team: AzTRN -
Ready and Prepared for Local Disasters
January 21 - 22, 2012

Building a Team: AzTRN -
Ready and Prepared for Local Disasters | January 21 - 22, 2012


AzTRN Disaster Response and Recovery Policies, Procedures and Protocols. What is a TRN? History of Early EMDR interventions (EEI's). Science behind early interventions. Rapid assessment and stabilization skills. Resourcing before, during and after Trauma Processing. Review of Recent Events Protocol and Practicum experience.







R-TEP | April 28-29, 2012

R-TEP | April 28-29, 2012


EMDR has demonstrated effectiveness in treating chronic PTSD and old trauma memories, yet Early EMDR Intervention (EEI) has received less attention from EMDR researchers or clinicians. EEI may be used to treat acute distress (before trauma memories have been integrated) and provide brief intervention, possibly on successive days, that may prevent complications and strengthen resilience.


The Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP) is part of a comprehensive approach to EEI. This workshop incorporates and extends existing protocols within a new conceptual framework, together with additional measures for containment and safety. Checking for sub-clinical sticking points which can obstruct Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) and don't necessarily show up on the DSM radar, the R-TEP may reduce sensitization and accumulation of trauma memories. The R-TEP will be taught with video case illustrations, live demonstration and a practicum. Participants will be invited to share simple basic pilot data after using R-TEP with clients.