This article discusses the need for and ways to implement novel applications of early eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) interventions (EEIs) at the community level for marginalized groups. Trauma Recovery Networks (locally based groups of licensed EMDR clinicians volunteering to provide pro bono disaster services, also known as TRNs) are an underused and insufficiently tapped tool when it comes to addressing the sequelae of disasters in our communities. We propose expanding our concept of and work with disasters beyond the traditional, legally recognized definition of Disaster (big D) to include ongoing stressful and traumatic community events or “little d” disasters. By serving those affected by little d disasters, the field of disaster response can be broadened in powerful ways. Marginalized communities typically suffer more and receive fewer services in the wake of traditional Disasters, threatening their civil rights and increasing the allostatic load on their collective health. Attending to the ongoing little d disasters, in these communities can be an important tool for social change, and various proposals for local TRNs are discussed.
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Rosenblum, R. E., Dockstader, D. J., & Martin, S. A. (2017). EMDR, Community Psychology, and Innovative Applications of a Trauma Recovery Network as a Tool for Social Change. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 11(4), 206–216. https://doi.org/10.1891/1933-3126.96.36.199
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