Goals and Objectives of EDTTF
The specific goal of the EUROTAS Disaster/Trauma Task Force (EDTTF) initiative is to develop disaster/trauma programs based on the philosophical framework of transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy. It is expected that EDTTF will develop and coordinate culturally appropriate responses to trauma and disaster through training programs for health professionals, field interventions clinical and non-clinical, capacity building, research and publications. The taskforce-initiative is an international multidisciplinary division that will reach out on a global scale.
EDTTF’s approach to trauma and disaster recovery will include culturally sensitive modalities to help facilitate emotional healing, post-traumatic growth, and psychospiritual transformation/resilience in the face of trauma exposure. A range of integrative clinical approaches will be used including, but not limited to, traditional healing techniques, expressive arts therapies, body therapies, altered states of consciousness, and transcendental approaches to trauma recovery.
A particular focus will be on multifactorial principles: How individuals and groups can learn to heal and empower themselves by implementing healing modalities from their own background and their own cultures. Different methodologies will be compiled in an integrated way, adhering to transcultural and transgenerational approaches with the goal to move beyond interventions solely stemming from Western psychology and psychotherapy.
EDTTF’s research will employ a range of methodologies to explore the impact and effectiveness of transpersonal clinical and non-clinical interventions in trauma and disaster settings. Such research will also aim at training practitioners and fieldworkers in the application of such methods in these interventions, and produce publications.
Specific Actions of EDTTF
- Develop protocols to assist clinicians and other health professionals in effectively deploying culturally sensitive therapeutic approaches and healing modalities in trauma/disaster scenarios;
- Establish standard operating procedures for partnering with organizations on the ground;
- Create and manage a database of service providers willing to deploy to assist trauma/disaster scenarios;
- Coordinate activities between trauma/disaster sites and EDTTF clinical support teams;
- Identify potential financial sponsors willing to fund EDTTF projects and ongoing operating costs;
- Provide editorial support to researchers investigating the application of transpersonal psychology’s principles in the trauma/disaster field;
Develop and manage an EDTTF website that provides updates on EDTTF projects, a directory of service providers, and resources for clinicians and researchers.
Scope of EDTTF Actions
The scope of EDTTF actions includes initially work at three different levels:
- Diffusing knowledge about Transpersonal Approaches to Disaster/Trauma Healing Intervention Methodologies
- Initially, EDTTF will focus on capacity building by deploying members to trauma/disasters sites and training clinicians, health professionals, and local personnel in transpersonal approaches to field trauma intervention.
- Reaching Out Beyond the Transpersonal Field
- EDTTF will seek to establish partnerships with locally embedded organizations that are willing and able to provide logistical support and networking on the ground.
- Networking and organizing professional and academic exchanges in different countries and different institutions
- EDTTF will carefully document its learning regarding the application of transpersonal approaches in trauma/disaster settings and disseminate that information in peer-reviewed journals, academic conferences, and on its website.
The EDTTF adheres to the ethical principles of EUROTAS in general, regarding research based on the ethical principles of the EUROTAS Division of Transpersonal Research and its Ethics Committee, and regarding psychotherapy in line with the ethical principles of the EUROTAS Society for Psychotherapy (ESTP which are in sync with the ethical guidelines of the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP).
EDTTF further subscribes to international ethical principles in clinical intervention and research adopted by the American Psychological Association (APA), British Psychological Association, Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Ethical Guidelines for Field Research (Watkins, Pacifica Graduate School, U.S.).
About the EDTTF Co-Founders
The EURTOAS Disaster/Trauma Task Force represents a convergence of creative intent, skill, and experience from four co-founders in different parts of the world. The idea for this initiative was born at the EUROTAS Conference 2013 in synchronistic ways how the four co-founders came together and bringing their experiences and competencies together in synergistic forms. EUROTAS is the governing organization under which EDTTF constitutes a specific Division.
A brief relevant description of professional background of the EDTTF Standing Team of Co-Founders that constitute the Core Team is presented in the following section including:
- Mark Wenworth (UK), M.A., EUROTAS Member
- Jacqui Linder (Canada), Ph.D., EUROTAS Member
- Regina Hess (Germany), Ph.D., EUROTAS Board of Directors
- Marleen de Villiers (South Africa), Ph.D., EUROTAS Member.
Mark Wenworth (UK), M.A.
is the Director of Therapies for Mundesley Hospital, an in-patient and community based mental ill-health hospital facility in Norfolk UK. Mark has been studying and working with the healing power of colour and transgenerational healing for nearly 30 years. He is founder and principal of Colour for Life, a school that offers life-enhancing methods integrating colour therapy with the collective and visionary worlds of C.G. Jung, Dr Roger Woolger’ Deep Memory Process (DMP), Shamanism and Transpersonal based psychology.
In 2003 Mark, along with Filipe De Moura, created and developed an action-method called Dynamic Theatre which integrates and brings together the wisdom of Jung’s Active Imagination with Jacob Moreno’s psychodrama and sociodrama, it is through Dynamic Theatre and the methods of Colour for Life that enables deep, personal and collective, cathartic work to take place. Mark and Filipe are the co-founders of the Dynamic Heart Project, a not for profit association taking colour, drama and story out into troubled parts of the world. It is their personal and joint wish to inspire and offer hope in communities where disaster and war has passed through.
Mark is a member of EUROTAS and co-founder of the EDTTF.
Jacqui Linder (Canada), Ph.D.
is a Canadian registered psychologist specializing in the treatment of complex posttraumatic stress disorder. She completed her doctoral dissertation on the psychospiritual impact of child sexual abuse. Jacqui is the CEO of a trauma institute in Edmonton, Alberta as well as Clinical Director of a residential treatment facility for sexually abused children. She is also a professor of psychology and Program Director at City University in Edmonton, Alberta.
Jacqui is an internationally recognized expert on the psychological profiling of survivors of human trafficking (HT) lecturing for the Canadian Police College, Interpol, and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. She founded the Chrysalis Anti-Human Trafficking Network in 2010 and Canada’s National HT Roundtable the following year. In 2011, she co-founded Freedom Relay Canada, an annual education and fundraising initiative for survivors of human trafficking and exploitation. In 2013, Jacqui developed and launched the International Human Trafficking Investigators Forum, designed to connect law enforcement personnel in North America and Europe. Jacqui is a member of EUROTAS and co-founder of the EDTTF. In 2015, she helped co-found the ITPA researcher’s alliance.
Jacqui has extensive training in both classic and complementary healing techniques including cognitive-behavioural therapy, exposure therapy, EMDR, expressive arts therapy, and ritual healing. She is an experienced facilitator and has trained over 12,000 professionals on the impact of psychological trauma.
Regina U. Hess (Germany), Ph.D.
is a clinical psychologist and body-centered transpersonal psychotherapist from Germany, and holds a joint Ph.D. in transpersonal psychology from the U.S. and in embodied phenomenology from the UK. She has broad experience in global humanitarian fieldwork, has lived extensively in different continents, and understands herself as a global citizen. Regina is faculty at international transpersonal educational institutes, bridges ancient wisdom traditions, shamanism and modern sciences, and has an emphasis on individual and collective/transgenerational trauma. She has survived the 2004 Asian Tsunami, which led to her doctoral research and specialization in transcultural transpersonal disaster relief programs and initiatives. She is on the Board of Directors of the European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS) and is co-founder of the EUROTAS Disaster/Trauma Task Force.
Regina is an independent researcher, specializing in embodied phenomenology, arts-based methods, and transcultural field research with a specific interest in embodiment and expanded states of consciousness for healing through awakening. She is co-founder of the international Transpersonal Research Network and of the EUROTAS Division of Transpersonal Research. Further activities include the bridging of research with film, music, and art for the dissemination of knowledge to a wider public. She is a co-founding member of the Arts & Sciences Researcher Forum, Cambridge University, UK. Regina is in the editorial team at the Integral Transpersonal Journal and at the journal ‘Forum Qualitative Social Research’.
Marleen de Villiers (South Africa), Ph.D.
holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. This study pioneered Transpersonal Psychology and research at this university and created much debate around research methods and scientific rigor, etc.
Marleen is a practicing psychologist in Private Practice, using transpersonal and arts-based methods in psychotherapy. Marleen also practices as Reiki master, astrologer, meditation teacher, and facilitator of transpersonal growth, transformation and self-mastery workshops. As artist Marleen creates jewelry. She has taken part in a group exhibition in Johannesburg. And has recently held her first solo exhibition in Cape Town. In Millan at the Transpersonal Festival, Marleen also exhibited her jewelry.
She is an independent researcher with a particular research interest in the relationship between psychotherapy and art, the therapist and artist and also in arts-based research methods. Marleen uses arts-based and transpersonal therapy-methods in working with trauma and healing the effects of childhood-trauma. She is a member of EUROTAS and co-founder of the EDTTF. Marleen has performed peer review duties for scholarly articles for IJTS.
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