The Greater Orlando Trauma Recovery Network now has it’s own website. Check it out!

Hurricane Michael Assistance

With the recent devastation of Hurricane Michael in the panhandle, the TRN has been asked about helping those impacted. We believe the first step to assistance would be providing RTEP/GTEP services to the EMDR therapists in this area; as they have not only experienced their own trauma but may experience re-traumatization as they help those around them.

If you are trained in R-TEP/G-TEP and are interested in volunteering in a TBD location in the panhandle in the future please send an email to with the following information:

  1. Name and best contact phone number
  2. Weekends that you are and are not available between now and December 1st and 2nd (this is just a tentative date).

Thank you so much for all the work that you do!

Healing survivors in the aftermath of the pulse tragedy
by Cherlyn Rowland Petrie

The Greater Orlando Trauma Recovery Network has been busy in the four months since the Pulse tragedy.

Less than three weeks later, an R-TEP/G-TEP training was arranged and twenty therapists attended. That same weekend, 39 therapists participated in the Basic Training Weekend 1. All clinicians were screened prior to being accepted into the trainings and all were already working with the communities hardest hit by the Pulse shootings. All made commitments to volunteer time to serve these individuals as part of the TRN as well. In August, a Weekend 2 training was held, with 57 participants from an earlier training group and the Pulse clinician group attending.

So far, the TRN volunteers have seen a total of 18 clients over 41 sessions. The Basic trainees, already working with these communities, have started EMDR Therapy with 57 individuals.

Best of all, TRN volunteers have developed procedures, protocols, and a working TRN infrastructure so that in the future, we can be prepared to respond to those affected by local disasters such as this A website has been developed, , in addition to a Facebook page. An additional training in working with recent trauma, Using the EMDR Recent Event Protocol with Homicide Survivors and Victims of Violent Crimes, with Don de Grafenreid, is also planned for October 7th.

TRN at the Global Peace Film Festival, Orlando Florida




TRN Coordinator Cherilyn Rowland Petrie with volunteer Ashleah Zigmond were among the EMDR therapists who represented the Greater Orlando TRN at a screening of “Newtown” during the Global Peace Film Festival on September 24, 2016..


Keep Dancing Orlando - TRN Video

“Keep Dancing Orlando” TRN Video

Greater Orlando Trauma Recovery Network (TRN)

In the aftermath of the June 12, 2016 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub, the Greater Orlando TRN is actively seeking to provide pro bono EMDR services to family and friends of victims, survivors, multiple levels of first responders, and anyone deeply affected by this tragedy.

Click the image on the left to see some members of the Orlando TRN show their committment to teaching others to “Keep Orlando Dancing!” This video includes EMDR therapists in basic training and those taking an advanced trainng in the EMDR Recent Traumatic Events Protocol (R-TEP/G-TEP) at Stetson University, Celebration Campus on July 9, 2016. These trainings were arranged by the Greater Orlando TRN to better prepare local therapists to treat those affected by the Pulse nightclub shootings. For more information about the “Keep Dancing Orlando” project, click:

How EMDR therapists can help:

  • Volunteer as a Greater Orlando TRN member at
  • Go to the Mass Shooting page of this site to volunteer as a therapist, consultant, or to offer office space for those who can’t do their volunteer activity in their offices.
  • Get the word out by letting agencies, community organizations, churches, and individuals know about the services being offered by our TRN. Consider sending out the TRN intro letter composed and signed by our TRN coordinator, Cherilyn Rowland Petrie, to whoever could benefit from and further disseminate this information. Be sure to add a name after “Dear . . .” If you send the letter, please inform Cherilyn so she can track who is receiving informaiton:
  • Once you reach out to a community resource, please log that contact on our Couumnity Contact List – Pulse Recovery.

orlandounited_fountain-1-640x640Together, we can make a difference in promoting healing and resilency.


Introducing The Trauma Recovery Network (TRN)Cherilyn Rowland Petri

by Cherilyn Rowland Petrie

We are looking for clinicians who will volunteer their time to support our community.

Since 1995, at the time of a terrorist bombing in Oklahoma City, Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs has brought mental health clinicians with evidence-based therapy to the scene of disasters, providing pro bono care to thousands.  The Trauma Recovery Network (TRN) grew out of this tradition and now helps hundreds of skilled volunteer clinicians to serve communities affected by disasters through a comprehensive program of preparation, mitigation, rescue and response.

The TRN is sponsored and coordinated at the national level by Trauma Recovery/HAP. The Orlando TRN is one of the key partners in the project that are the growing number of local/regional TRN Associations or Chapters staffed by volunteers who prepare themselves and their communities to restore and safeguard psychological well-being in the event of a disaster”

We need:

  • Clinicians who will be willing to provide 3-5 hours of pro bono therapy to survivors of local emergency situations
  • Individuals who can support the development of the local TRN into an independently functioning entity

TRN Chapters focus on six key functions:

  • Continuing clinical education on best practices for responding to psychological stress in community emergencies
  • Educational outreach, to both the general public and community leaders..
  • Networking with the local emergency management system.
  • Networking with the other chapters of the Trauma Recovery Network, to share resources and strategies.
  • Responding to local emergencies with pro bono services.
  • Responding to requests for help by other chapters facing high levels of need in their own locale.

Who can be a TRN Volunteer?

All Trauma Recovery Network (TRN) volunteers are expected to:

For more information, please visit and review the TRN tab.  To join the TRN, please go to

Please direct any additional inquiries to:
Cherilyn Rowland Petrie, LMHC,