We all could use help: UMC Trauma training for counselors


In an effort to expand the availability of trauma counseling resources following catastrophic events, UMC has partnered with the nonprofit organization Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (Trauma Recovery/HAP) to offer comprehensive training focused on trauma counseling.

Following One October, local mental health advocates are doing their best to make sure those impacted throughout our community are properly healing.

By the dozen, the counselors are taking part in the three-day training event, focusing on specialized skills when helping those wanting to overcome traumatic events.

"You can have lasting effect from trauma. Sometimes those things won't even pop up until a year or two later,” said clinical social worker Michah Bulloch. "Get the help, you're not alone"

Following One October, local mental health advocates saw an increased need for specialized care. Through the classes, these counselors are also being asked to take things a step further - offering trauma recovery sessions to those throughout our community at little to no cost.

"The idea is really about moving that distress,” said Lori Cao on the side of the trainers.

Cao says when a community is faced with an event as traumatic as One October, the impacts the impacts can ripple.

The night of one October rocked thousands here in Las Vegas and throughout the country. These counselors want people to remember, as we continue to heal there is (and may always be) a need to have counselors on hand who are equipped with the skills to help those who are healing from tragedies.

"Don't be ashamed to reach out, don't isolate. Look for a professional who can individualize your treatment plan," said Bulloch.

The training course is set to focus on eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, an approach to psychotherapy that has been shown to rapidly help individuals overcome psychological trauma. EMDR therapy sessions include a number of therapeutic approaches, including left-to-right eye movement and/or other forms of “bilateral stimulation.”

A study funded by Kaiser Permanente found that 100 percent of the single-trauma victims and 77 percent of multiple-trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after only six 50-minute EMDR therapy sessions.

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