“Transforming Trauma: Former Congressman Ron Barber’s Story of Recovery,” January 9, 2016, 2-4 pm at Banner UMC Duval Auditorium, 1500 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, Arizona.
Former Congressman Ron Barber survived the January 8, 2011, Tucson shootings when six died and 13 others were injured, including former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Ron's has been open in the media about his recovery, including the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a well-established, evidence-based therapy used for post-traumatic stress (PTS) and other issues. PTS often results in emotional, psychological and physical problems that can interfere greatly in a person's life, and treatment is often necessary.
On Saturday, January 9, 2016, 2-4 pm, at Duval Auditorium/University Medical Center, Ron will tell his story about his growth from the trauma through his own successful bids for Congress. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask him questions about his own recovery. A panel of experts, including EMDR therapists, medical professionals and first responders, will answer questions on the nature of trauma and its impact. Before and after the event, certified EMDR therapists will be present to answer questions about EMDR, suggest valuable local resources, and provide treatment information. This event is coordinated by the Arizona Trauma Recovery Network (AZTRN), and reservations are recommended. The event is offered free of charge to the community. The AzTRN (www.AzTRN.org) is a state-wide, non-profit organization that maintains a network of licensed EMDR clinicians. Each volunteer provides up to 12 hours of free EMDR therapy as part of the front-line trauma response to community crisis and disaster. The AzTRN is under the umbrella of the Trauma Recovery/EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (www.emdrhap.org), a 501 c 3 organization providing EMDR services and training for underserved areas all over the world.