All Kinds of News for November 07, 2018
Trails Carolina, a wilderness therapy program for teens ages 10-17, is excited to highlight the work Primary Therapist Todd Green MSW, LCSW and Family Therapist Sarah Hutchison MSW, LCSW-A are doing in preparation for obtaining their EMDR certification.
EMDR, or eye movement desensitization reprocessing, is an evidence-based treatment technique which involves the reprocessing of traumatic or disturbing memories and thoughts that have led to issues such as PTSD, anxiety, and panic attacks. The most important phase of this technique involves a process of moving the eyes back and forth in a calm, soothing environment.
“When a disturbing event occurs, it can get lost in the brain with the memory’s original sounds, sights, sensations, feelings, and thoughts,” says Hutchison. “The eye movement process seems to stimulate the information that allows the brain to reprocess that event. It expedites the processing of the event and unlocks the brain in a way that’s not typical while you’re awake.”
Both Green and Hutchison are currently in training to be certified in EMDR. They will be completing their training this winter. The certification process involves 50 hours of lectures, practice with an on-site facilitator, and case consultation.
“The reprocessing that occurs during EMDR can reset an individual’s entire system,” says Green. “Recently, I heard from one student how EMDR felt like ‘magic’ to him. He had been struggling for ten years with challenges related to trauma and after his EMDR sessions he felt so much better.”
Green and Hutchison’s EMDR certifications will allow them to practice EMDR as needed.
“EMDR helps increase the amount of processing a student can do during treatment,” comments Hutchison. “Processing continues even between treatment sessions, which is another benefit of EMDR. I am very excited to be able to increase the bandwidth of what I can offer students during therapy sessions.”
About Trails Carolina
Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program based just outside of Asheville, North Carolina that offers a multi-dimensional wilderness therapy model to troubled adolescents, ages 10-17. Trails capitalizes upon the profound effects of a student’s wilderness experience, and then combines that experience with strong clinical assessments and therapy. For additional information about Trails Carolina, please call 800-975-7303.