By Scott Blech, Executive Director, EMDRIA
EMDRIA and the EMDR community extend their heartfelt sympathies to the military and families affected by last week’s tragedy at Fort Hood. There is an EMDR network in place in Texas ready to assist those in need. Fort Hood has a staff of approximately 10-12 Army Family Life Chaplains who are EMDR-trained. Also, several of the Case Managers/staff at Moore Clinic, Fort Hood, attended a recent workshop (EMDR and the Treatment of War Survivors: Working with the Latest Generation) conducted by Dr. Steve Silver last month in Atlanta.
The VA’s Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) teams have been notified to be on alert (and, some of them are EMDR trained). And, there is a network of civilian clinicians under the direction of EMDRIA Member Maxine Trent that has been serving Fort Hood soldiers and families through a grant funded (TRIAD) project called “Homefront” under Scott & White Memorial Hospital. In addition to EMDR clinicians near the base, clinicians in the Waco, Austin and Dallas areas have offered assistance. We appreciate the great outpouring of concern and offers for help and that all is being done that can be done at this time. The military may be calling on civilian resources later as needed.