In 2018, Trauma Recovery, EMDR
Humanitarian Assistance Programs responded to rising suicides and related trauma suffering in Puerto Rico (PR) following Hurricane Maria with EMDR Basic I and II trainings. Working with Vanessa Cintron, M.A., the Puerto Rican Coalition in Minnesota, and the Association of Social Workers, the first trainings were held in June and August 2018, at the lnteramerican University in San Juan, with 44 participants
including counselors, social workers and psychologists. A second Basic I and II training was conducted in July and October of this year, in Mayaguez, western Puerto Rico. Neriluz Maldonado Perez, Ph.D, now an EMDRIA approved consultant and facilitator in training, who retrained in EMDR with Trauma Recovery in the 2018 sessions, and Vanessa Cintron, M.A. provide an update of the amazing impact Trauma Recovery's substantial investment and efforts to deliver local EMDR training has had on Puerto Rico's mental health.