Hap Uk & Ireland

Hap Uk & Ireland

Charity information

Hap Uk & Ireland

HAP UK and Ireland is a registered charity set up to provide training in EMDR therapy and traumatology to local mental health professionals working with people in traumatised communities worldwide.

Founded 2010

  • Mission statement

    HAP UK and Ireland provides EMDR therapy training directly to qualified and experienced mental health professionals who in turn can effectively treat adults and children experiencing psychological symptoms of trauma.

    EMDR is a psychological treatment method which has proven to be beneficial in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war related experiences, childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault and accidents. It is recognised by the WHO (World Health Organisation 2013) as an effective treatment for trauma.

    HAP recognises the benefits of EMDR treatment to those areas of the world which have been blighted by civil conflict, leaving a traumatised population, with restricted capacity to develop and introduce much needed psychological treatments. HAP provides training, ongoing supervision and support which enable local mental health professionals to treat people suffering from psychological trauma. The ultimate aim is to create new independent national EMDR associations capable of continuing and expanding the national training of EMDR. In this way, we can contribute to Global Mental Health as part of the WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020.

    This model has proven successful in Bosnia where over 100 professionals have been trained and hundreds of people have already been treated. In response to the turmoil in the Middle East, HAP has embarked on a project to train Arabic speaking clinicians.

  • Aims

    Hap Uk & Ireland aims to:

    • To enable traumatised people to re-build their lives and look after themselves and their families by reducing psychological distress
    • To increase psychological care in the most traumatised communities around the world by training local health professionals in EMDR therapy
    • To provide ongoing support and supervision to ensure therapists are able to apply their skills
    • To facilitate the effectiveness and growth of EMDR therapy through evaluating outcomes of our projects and conducting research
  • Overview

    Established: October 2010

    Registered Charity Number: 1138372

    Board members: 8

    Volunteers: 30

    Phone number: 01257 272451


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