EMDR Trauma-Focused Therapy Program for Widows and Orphans of Extra Judicial Killings
The Oplan Tokhang conducted by the Philippine National Police and the vigilante killings in the many areas of Metro Manila has left many orphans and widows among the poor families in the slum. Unfortunately, most of the victims are breadwinners of the family. In effect, their death brought hunger, trauma, sickness, and homelessness to their loved ones. It is for this reason that the volunteers and graduate students from St. Scholastica’s College, UST, and DOH-TC Tagaytay headed by H.O.P.E. Community Counseling Center consulant and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) president Dr. Ma. Lourdes Medina, has conducted an EMDR Trauma-Focused program for the survivors of extra judicial killings last October 1, 7, 14, and November 4, 2018, at St. Vincent Seminary in Quezon City.
The program, in coordination with St. Vincent Seminary, aimed to provide relief from the psychological disturbances caused by the presence of trauma and addiction in the family, offer new knowledge, skills and capabilities that will allow the survivors to deal better with the symptoms of trauma, and provide new personal and social resources for their recovery. EMDR is the proposed mode of therapy because it is the best and most verifiable trauma therapy that can eliminate the disturbing thoughts and feelings caused by negative or traumatic experiences. CISD (Critical Incident Stress Debriefing), IGTP (Integrative Group Treatment), and psychoeducation were also given to the participants. Pre and post tests assessments were done and results showed a decrease in trauma, anxiety and depression after the intervention program.
Coordination with the families residing within the Diocese of Novaliches from the 25 barangays in Quezon City and Caloocan City was done by Community Field Coordinator and Director of St. Vincent Seminary, Fr. Joselito Sarabia, CM, RGC and the St. Vincent Seminarians.
By Dr. Ma. Lourdes Salanguit, SSC MA Psychology student