From trauma to Triumph: The journey of resiliency in the community of persons with a disability.

Trauma struggles to gain acknowledgement in our world yet it impacts almost everyone at some point in their lives. Similarly, if the community of persons with a disability was a recognized culture, at 19% of the population, it would be the largest minority in the US. This presentation will provide an explanation of how processing works in the brain (AIP) and how the brain adapts for a person with a disability. We will cover some important factors to consider when using EMDR with this population such as awareness of the prevalence of trauma experiences, understanding the meaning of “abelism”, being aware of potential barriers in treatment and gaining a familiarity with “etiquette” for folks in this community. Practical applications for each of the EMDR 8 phases will be explored.

Learning Objectives:

1- Articulate how our brain digests experiences and how the brain adapts when a person has a disability
2- Acquire statistics on the prevalence of trauma in this community
3- Define abelism and articulate examples of this
4- Discover examples of positive etiquette to use when working with this population
5- Implement some practical strategies when using the 8 phases of EMDR

Percentage of EMDR: 90%