The importance of addressing the global problem of psychological trauma can hardly be overestimated. Psychological traumas are emotionally painful and distressing experiences that may overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope (van der Kolk, 2005). Furthermore, psychological trauma darkens and scars the lives of millions of people worldwide. It is a silent epidemic, frequently hidden, under recognised, and insufficiently addressed. It is further compounded by a scarcity of appropriately trained, and experienced health workers. Psychological trauma extorts human and socio-economic costs that are vast in magnitude, diverse in cause, and immense in its consequences.
EMDR Therapy is an empirically supported psychological treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD – endorsed by both the World Health Organisation (2013) and the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS, 2018). The theoretical framework of EMDR Therapy is that of Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) – a transdiagnostic model, that considers that memories of adverse childhood experiences are insufficiently processed by the brain, and that trauma memories (dysfunctional memories) can lay at the heart of a range of mental health disorders beside that of PTSD (Farrell et al, 2017; Felitti et al, 1998; Hase et al, 2017).
Trauma Psychosocial Support Plus (TPSS+) originated from various trauma capacity building projects carried out in South East Asia, Eastern Africa and the Middle East. It consists of an educational programme focussed upon providing training to psychosocial and mental health service providers in the following areas:
- Psychological trauma
- Trauma stabilisation interventions
- Trauma focussed self-care techniques
The underpinnings of the TPSS+ programme include sensitivity towards:
- Recognising the needs of children, adolescents, adults, families and the wider community
- Faith, religion, belief systems
- Developmental needs
- Community needs
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