Trauma has long been recognised as one of the most dominant factors leading to mental ill-health. Childhood trauma, for instance, doubles the risk of mental health conditions.
With society becoming ever more aware of the impact of trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, this year Richmond Foundation has chosen to zoom in on this important area of mental health at its annual conference. The focus shall be on the variety of therapies that can be used to address the impact of trauma on the individual, including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
At first glance, EMDR appears to approach psychological issues in an unusual way. It does not rely on talk therapy or medications. Instead, EMDR uses a patient’s own rapid, rhythmic eye movements. These eye movements dampen the power of emotionally charged memories of past traumatic events. There is a body of research that shows it is effective in significantly reducing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in up to 78% of patients (Carlson et al., 1998).
Various professionals from local and foreign entities will be contributing to the conference by talking about their area of expertise, presenting statistics and proving effectiveness, holding multiple workshops and also demonstrating EMDR in practice to the audience present.
To raise awareness about trauma and about Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and other forms of therapies to address the impact of Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The conference will also seek to inform public policy development by highlighting the wide-spread incidence of Trauma, and underline the importance of high quality trauma informed services, especially emergency services, on a National level.
More information about the registration will be out very soon.