ODW From Trauma to Resilience: Healing Individuals and Communities – Isabel Fernandez

ODW From Trauma to Resilience: Healing Individuals and Communities – Isabel Fernandez



This is a 2 hour On Demand Webinar. Access information, resources and CEU information will be available immediately after completed registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

This webinar was broadcasted live on Thursday, October 20, 2022 as part of the Collective Trauma Conference.

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Over the past few years, we have witnessed the development of knowledge, tools, and international guidelines highlighting the importance of interventions during collective trauma conditions. At the same time, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy has closely followed these developments. Consequently, EMDR was adapted and integrated to work in unstable situations with populations from different cultures, religions, and languages.

To date, the EMDR method has been implemented in a variety of situations. These situations include diverse humanitarian emergencies with vulnerable populations; different stages of trauma; with individuals; and with groups.

Isabel Fernandez will explore in-depth the contribution of EMDR Therapy during recent collective trauma events affecting many populations. She will also share field experiences and scientific publications that support EMDR’s effectiveness in these situations.

It is fundamental to consider the various stages of stress reactions and the most appropriate types of intervention that will help people build resilience and achieve post-traumatic growth. We have all witnessed just how many collective disasters and humanitarian emergencies people and communities are able to not only survive but also overcome and thrive. To achieve this level of resilience, the most vulnerable populations—children in particular—need specific psychological interventions. These interventions must speak the language of trauma. They must also promote symptom reduction to stabilize and develop personal and community protective factors. Current field literature emphasizes the importance of psychological interventions during each stage of trauma. Such interventions will prevent mental disorders, neutralize risk factors, and promote both the ability to adapt and post-traumatic growth.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will be better able to:

  • Discuss the importance of intervention in the acute phase of trauma, mainly in mass disasters, in order to reduce stress reactions and to prevent accumulation of traumatic stress.
  • Identify ways to intervene to reduce risk factors and emotional and mental disorders
  • Describe group and community interventions to enhance resources and protection factors
  • Discuss how to intervene, before, during and after a humanitarian emergency
  • Identify the different levels of exposure and the different types of population in need of support, specially first responders


Time Topic Covered
1st hour
  • Overview of psychological consequences of mass disasters  
  • Characteristics of trauma in acute phase
2nd hour
  • EMDR interventions
  • Examples of mass disasters (Covid 19 Pandemic, Ukrainian war)

CE Information

This training offers 2 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Attendees of On Demand/Recorded Version

If you cannot verify 100% attendance of the Live Broadcast or if you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance. 

For Canadian and International participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians and International participants, please click here.  

Who Should Attend?

This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in the Above Fields
  • case managers
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices

What level of knowledge the attendee should have in this topic?
– Intermediate/Advanced