PRISE Paraprofessionals Delivering Resilience Intervention Skills and Education is a fully-developed, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy) inspired trauma-focused training curriculum that uses a trainer of training model.
It is designed to be scaled up in areas of the world
where there is a paucity of qualified mental health practitioners and weak infrastructures. We view access
to quality wellness treatments as a basic human right
and a distributive/restorative justice issue, and we are
committed to helping create a sea change in bridging
the global trauma treatment gap.
We do not define our work as psychotherapy nor do we claim that we are training people to become EMDR-proficient professionals. PRISE has a two-tiered approach. The first is training non-specialists in the curriculum and the second is to provide specific targeted community interventions in fragile contexts.We are clear that we are not utilizing a fly-in/fly out neo-colonial approach, but a community-based grass roots model. PRISE performs consultations with leaders within each unique context, thus fostering community ownership and sustainability in a culturally attuned manner. As a result we are committed to the co-creation paradigm and respectfully understand that the "true" experts are those residing within their own communities.
We subscribe to the axiom, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”