The Community Health Council of Lebanon County is now accepting scholarship applications for training and certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 28, and are open to all licensed mental health providers in Lebanon County.

Phase 2 is the second part of the Community Health Council’s Connected Together Initiative, which was designed to address and mitigate risk factors contributing to violence in the community.

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“The grant application was originally inspired by several organizations working on violence prevention,” said Ali Perrotto, CEO of SARCC. “We came together to discuss our current efforts, and opportunities to enhance access to trauma-informed care. Prior trauma is a leading risk factor for later trauma and violence, among other health determinants. Additionally, different types of violence share many common risk factors, so it makes good sense to work together on joint, community sourced solutions.”

According to a press release from Connected Together, successful applicants will receive a full tuition scholarship that covers the cost of the training, consultation hours, and the attainment of certification credentials in accordance with the industry standards established by EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).

According to the release, EMDR is a therapeutic treatment modality shown to help people recover from trauma, and it can be used in conjunction with other therapies.

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The application can be found online through Connected Together partners, including: Community Health Council, SARCC, DVI, the United Way, and Empower the Mind, LLC.

The first phase of Connected Together, which launched last September, offers free Mobile Trauma Therapy. Community members can self-refer for trauma therapy through an online form found at communityhealthcouncil.com/connected-together, or by emailing mobiletx@empowerthemind.org.

According to Perrotto, the final phase of the project is to establish another evidence-based model, Communities That Care, as a framework for community building and engagement in violence prevention. The phase is in action, but not currently launched yet. It is being implemented by Fitzroy Lewis, the Connected Together coordinator. These initiatives seek to create a safer and more resilient Lebanon County.

Any community member interested in joining the final phase should contact Lewis, at flewis@sarcclebanon.org.

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Aubree Fahringer

Aubree Fahringer is a producer and reporter for LebTown.