Announcing...The Carol York Memorial Fund: Hope for Children


The EMDR Research Foundation is honored to announce a new funding opportunity, “The Carol York Memorial Fund: Hope for Children.” All monies raised will be exclusively earmarked for EMDR therapy research with children. Last October, the EMDR therapy community suffered a tremendous loss when Carol York died in a freak auto accident. Carol was a pioneer in working with children and made EMDR therapy a significant part of her life’s work. Carol touched many people’s lives in numerous ways. She was EMDRIA’s first Executive Director and served in this capacity for 7 years. She was committed to enhancing the professionalism of EMDR therapy and remained dedicated to EMDR therapy as a trainer, specialty instructor, consultant and exemplary clinician. The EMDR Research Foundation is grateful to have had Carol as a donor and to all who have and will contribute in her memory. By donating to this fund you will support EMDR therapy research and provide “Hope for Children” as well as honor our esteemed colleague.

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Jim Helling - Western Mass EMDRIA Regional NetworkWhy are we so passionate in our support for EMDR research? ....  It is research that guides and empowers the work in our offices day by day.

- Jim Helling for Western Mass EMDRIA Regional Network

The Western Mass EMDRIA Regional Network sponsors an annual "State of the Art EMDR" conference fundraiser, now in its 13th year. We host between 150 and 200 on-site participants for this one-day event and also produce a live webstream which allows us to connect with EMDR therapy colleagues from across the USA and Canada as well as from EMDR Ibero-America, EMDR Europe and EMDR Asia. The success of our conference as a fundraiser has allowed us to provide financial support to EMDR humanitarian efforts, both locally and globally, and also to fund conference scholarships for clinicians of color as part of the effort to bring greater diversity and inclusiveness to the EMDRIA community in this country.

But this evening the spotlight is on our commitment to and support for the growth of knowledge and the refinement of practice through our donations to the EMDR Research Foundation. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to explain why we are so passionate in our support for EMDR research.

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"Violence begets violence.... we must integrate our therapeutic practices and our scientific rigor in the service of humanity."

These words from Dr. Francine Shapiro, who originated EMDR therapy in 1987, are as relevant today as they were in 2001:Francine Shapiro

"Whether individuals are suffering from traumata engendered in developing countries or within the inner cities of developed nations, there is evidence that violence begets violence and that some of our most prevalent social problems are correlated with trauma histories. Specific research is needed to explore the degree to which successful treatment of trauma decreases the amount of high risk and /or perpetrator behavior and deters further victimizations.

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Introduction to PTSD as a brain based condition - and how to help

Pass along hope, help and health for those impacted by PTSD and trauma. In this 40 minute (2015) video, Dr. Jim Knipe explains PTSD as a brain based condition and empirically validated treatments. Although "time doesn't heal all wounds" for some disturbing life experiences; there IS effective treatment. EMDR is an empirically validated treatment for PTSD and trauma related disorders.

Trauma Therapy to Reduce Cycles of Violence

Regardless of whether by war, domestic violence, accidents, or natural disasters, psychological trauma affects as many as 500 million people worldwide, with impact on the individual, family, community, and eventually taking its toll on the human growth and development of an entire country or region.

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$25,000 EMDR Research Funds Available - Please Distribute

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We are also pleased to announce that grant applications can now be submitted online through the EMDR Research Foundation Website for your convenience. 

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