PTSD can be reduced or prevented if treated during the first month after a trauma when a person displays Acute Stress Disorder (ASD). Although usually used later, EMDR has also been used effectively in the immediate period following trauma. Victims of immediate trauma often exhibit “silent terror” or extreme stress .The Emergency Response Procedure (ERP) described in Marilyn Luber’s : EMDR Scripted Protocols: Basic and Special Situations.(2009) & Implementing EMDR Early Mental Health Interventions for Man-Made and Natural Disasters: Models, Scripted Protocols 2013) was developed to deal with victims of natural and man made disaster within hours of exposure to trauma. Participants in this workshop will learn how to respond to clients in the immediate aftermath of trauma, utilizing ERP. This same basic approach can be applied in the event of strong abreaction during the initial phase of History-taking, and prior to the Preparation Phase of EMDR or at other times of treatment when patients exhibit strong emotional reactions. Similarly, ERP may also be considered for patients exhibiting this “silent terror” or extreme stress during initial treatment at the scene of an accident or in ambulances en route to medical facilities. Case examples will illustrate treatment of ASR &ASD with survivors of the Tsunami in Thailand, and victims of terror and war. R-TEP, developed by Elan Shapiro and Brurit Laub will be described as it is used in the event that ERP is not sufficient in the emergency settings where multiple patients need rapid treatment. A practicum will follow on ERP.
Gary Quinn, MD , is a psychiatrist and Director of The Jerusalem EMDR Institute. He specializes in Crisis Intervention, the treatment of Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, and the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is the Co-Founder and former Co-Chairman and current Vice President of EMDR-Israel, He has conducted trainings in Israel, Asia Europe and the United States. Dr. Quinn developed the Emergency Response Protocol (ERP) to treat victims of trauma using EMDR within hours of the incident. Dr. Quinn was a consultant for the Ohio State University Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program