Launching of the EMDR Sri Lanka Website
Sri Lanka EMDR Association launched its website on the 3rd of February 2016.
Ex.co members and Meetings
Tsunami (2004) Humanitarian Assistance programme U.S.A
EMDR training in 2005 after the devastating Tsunami (2004).which killed thousands of Sri lankan people..A team from Humanitarian Assistance programme U.S.A led by Dr.Nancy Errebo trained the first EMDR therapists.
First Asian EMDR Conference and the establishment of the EMDR Asia Association
Thus from the 9th -11th July, 2010, first EMDR conference was held with participants from all over the world. Many EMDR colleagues from developed countries were there to support and share their experiences in EMDR. The theme of the Conference was, “Building bridges between East and West through EMDR”. The theme chosen was very fitting as Asia still depends much on the expertise of EMDR therapists from the developed countries. An important person who attended the conference was Francine Shapiro, the person who introduced EMDR to the world. She was there in person to support and encourage the Asian therapists.
Second EMDR Asia International Conference
The second EMDR Asia International conference took place in Manila, Philippines from the 9th – 11th January 2014 in Dusit Thani Hotel. The theme was, “Activating resources through collaboration”. Once again, EMDR therapists from many countries beside Asia came together to share their research findings and experiences.
First conference of EMDR Association India.
[New Delhi, India]
The first conference of EMDR Association India took place from the 27th February to 1st March 2015, in Hans Hotel, New Delhi. Its theme was “Integrating EMDR for Diversity”. EMDR therapists from Asia and other parts of the world attended this momentous conference and shared very valuable research information with the participants.Two members from the Sri Lanka EMDR Association also participated in the conference on invitation by the Indian colleagues.
As our greatest need at the time was to train new clinicians in EMDR, the Association was able to plan the first Level 1 training, with trainees hand-picked by the President along with the trainers on their educational, and / counseling credentials. As there were no funds available to cover the expenses of the Training Program, an appeal was made to Dr. Carol Martin of the Humanitarian Assistance Program, who along with the International Relief Team, came to our aid and made available some funds for the said purpose.
EMDR Level 01 (2012)
The first Level I Training was held from the 2nd to 5th July, 2012, venue being Nagarodhaya Hall, Baseline Road, Colombo 8. Trainers were Professors Sushma Mehrotra and Dr.Parul Tank of India, both being Trainers approved by the EMDR International Association. Lectures and Practicals took place from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm, with a break for Lunch, and two short breaks for tea, morning and afternoon. There were 25 Participants, 20 being new trainees, and 5 doing a revision course, (having trained to practiceEMDR in 2005).
Refresher Course (2012)
Since this was the first time that an EMDR training has taken place after the training in 2005, an opportunity was offered to those who were trained then, to refresh and hone their skills. Thus on the 6th of July, a day’s programme was conducted for 12 Counsellors to update their EMDR skills.
EMDR Level 02 (2013)
In 2013, Level 2 was held from the 11th -13th October 2013, at No. 8 Kynsey road, Colombo 8, the Trainers being Prof. Sushma Mehrotra and Dr. Rosalie Thomas of EMDRIA, from Canada. Only those who had completed the mandatory Case Studies on schedule, in addition to those undertaking study for the purpose of updating, were permitted to participate. The result was that there were only 9 new members to follow Level 11. We were able to reduce the expenses for this programme and charge less from the participants as a very dear benefactor hosted the two trainers and allowed the Course to be conducted in her residence. In fact she continues to support us with the same generosity regarding all the training workshops. We are very grateful to her and her family for tolerating us whenever there are training programmes going on at her residence.
EMDR Level 01 (2014)
The second Level 1 EMDR Training took place from the 8th to the 11th May
at No. 8 Kynsey road, Colombo 8. The trainers were Prof Sushma Mehrotra and Dr Parul Tank. There was a group of 14 participants which included trained Counsellors and practicing Psychologists.
EMDR Level 01 (2014-November)
EMDR Level 02 (2014-November)
EMDR Level 01 (2015)
The fourth Level 1 training programme took place from the 18th to the 21st May with 9 participants.
EMDR Level 02 (2015)
The third Level 2 training took place from the 21st- 24th May, with 6 participants.
Our very devoted trainers, Prof Sushma and Dr.Parul were once again at hand to train both the groups.
Level 1 Training 2016
The 5th Level 1 training was conducted by Dr.Sushma Mehrotra and Dr. Parul Tank from the 21st to 23rd October.There were 20 participants.
Level 2 Training 2016
The 4th, Level 2 training once again conducted by Drs Sushma Mehrotra and Parul Tank 23rd to 25th October ,2016.
Sri Lanka EMDR Association conducted a counsellor training workshop for psycho-social workers, from the 11th to the 13th of May 2016, at Sudharshana Meditation Center, Yatiyana , Minuwangoda. 25 enthusiastic participants came from Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mannar districts.The workshop was facilitated by Sr.Janet Nethisinghe, Ms Indira Weerasinghe and Ms Rekha Aththidiye and financial support was extended by Mr.Chrishan Thuraisingham from U.S.A.
Workshop on Counselling and skill building , Kilinochchi from 12th-14th, July 2016.
3rd EMDR Asia Conference - Shanghai, China
The 3rd EMDR Asia Conference was held in Shanghai, China from the 21st to 23rd April 2017.Sr Janet,the President of EMDR Sri Lanka and Ms Indira Weerasinghe attended the Conference.The Pre- Conference and the Conference were very enriching as various therapists shared their research experiences on various mental health conditions. There were participants from 20 countries in addition to experts from Europe and the United States. The Theme of the Conference was "Treating Trauma through EMDR for Peace". There was also a consultants training after the Conference which both our participants attended.
Parts of Sri Lanka experienced a devastating flood about two months ago and many people were affected. Many died and many lost everything they had. Children were affected very much. In addition to losing their material possessions they also lost their class mates,schools and school books etc. A few of the members of Sri Laka EMDR Association took the initiative to go to some of these affected children. With the cooperation of one school they gathered about 30 school children who were affected much and worked with them using group protocol. It was conducted on the 16th of July 2017 at the Subodhi Integral Education Center, Piliyandala. Sr Janet's students at Aquinas College of Higher Studies who came to observe and also contributed by conducting activities that the children highly enjoyed.
It is our wish that we go to other schools to continue our work in the coming months.
Workshop Hambantota (2018)
We felt that a great need existing in our country is the lack of mental health workers in the remotest areas of our country. They have no one to go to in case of psychological problems. So, a decision was made to train community workers as “barefoot counsellors” where they can be trained in basic counselling skills. We had our first programme from 19th to 21st April 2018, in Hambanthota where we gathered a group of 15 young women who are already working with children and parents, to be trained. They were from the areas of Lunugamvehera, Ambilipitiya and Hambanthota. The feedback from the participants was very positive and we were more motivated than ever to continue this work in the future. May be at a later stage they could learn EMDR to help people who need it.