TIR, or Traumatic Incident Reduction, is a unique regressive, repetitive, desensitization procedure - highly focused, directive, and controlled, yet at the same time wholly person-centered, non-interpretive, and non-judgmental. Developed by Frank A. Gerbode, M.D., Gerald French, and others, TIR is best known for its use as an extremely
effective tool in the rapid resolution of virtually all trauma-related conditions, including PTSD. In competent hands, however, TIR also has applications in addressing and resolving a litany of other, less obviously trauma-related symptoms and conditions representing a significant part of DSM-IV. A partial list would certainly include adjustment disorders, acute stress, traumatic bereavement, dysthymic disorders, major depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, somatization disorders, sexual abuse, and phobias.
Gerald French, MA, MACP, CTS: Biography and Other Notes
Gerald French is a Certified Trauma Specialist and lead author of the book, Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR), published by CRC Press in 1999. A graduate of Harvard (AB, '64), he holds Masters degrees in Early Childhood Education (San Francisco State University) and Counseling Psychology (the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California).
French has taught and lectured in venues from Norway to Italy in Europe, and in the UK, and in Israel, Egypt, South Africa, Australia, Japan, Brazil, and Argentina, as well as in the U.S., from Alaska to Puerto Rico to Oklahoma City, where he was among the first Operation Green Cross faculty, training local therapists following the 1995 bombing there. He sees a small number of private clients, and continues to travel and teach widely.
French has a daughter, Rosamond, and a son, Lindol, both in their twenties.
Friends, Associates & Other Trauma Resources
My intention is to include here, not necessarily in order of importance, outstanding websites - most relating to the the resolution and amelioration of the effects of trauma - of friends and associates, as well as other highly-regarded resources on this and related subjects. If I have inadvertently left out any of those who have oft been of so much assistance to me in this work, or if you feel that you have a complementary resource that should be listed here, please do not hesitate to contact me!
With Best Regards,
- Peter Shefler's Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) Pages at the Healing Center On-Line
Here, you can find additional information on Traumatic Incident Reduction that has not been included in this website. From the Healing Center Home Page, you can also access one of the most widely-known resources for alternative and innovative therapies for children with developmental disorders and brain injury (Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, etc.), the official website of Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, other pages on Native American healing and much, much more. Peter is responsible for the design, implementation and hosting of my web pages here, for which I am most grateful!
- The Traumatic Incident Reduction Association (TIRA) Website
The Traumatic Incident Reduction Association (TIRA) is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to provide products, services, and support to TIR facilitators, technical directors, trainers, and members. These practitioners in turn bring relief to individuals suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and other trauma-related disabilities. They also assist individuals seeking personal growth, increased abilities, and a higher quality of life.
As a founding board-member and senior trainer for this organization, I'd like to acknowledge our Executive Director, Nancy Day, for her skill, expertise and dedication in making all of the above possible.
- David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages
These Trauma Pages focus primarily on emotional trauma and traumatic stress, including PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), whether following individual traumatic experience(s) or a large-scale disaster. The purpose of this award winning site is to provide information for clinicians and researchers in the traumatic-stress field. This is probably the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource on the Internet for trauma-related information and articles, which include full-text treatises by such experts as Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Julian Ford - at the National Center for PTSD, Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D, Rachel Yehuda, Frank M. Ochberg and many others. Since 19 May 1995 (a month after the Oklahoma City bombing), this site has welcomed over 1,000,000 visits!
- The International Trauma-Healing Institute (ITI) and Gina Ross
ITI's mission is to promote peace at the community, national, and international level by bringing awareness to trauma as a root cause of suffering, conflict and violence - and to disseminate the resources available for trauma's resolution and healing. Programs and activities include: promoting global awareness of the nature of trauma, its costs and impact, and its link to violence; promoting awareness of existing resources and techniques for coping with and healing trauma and facilitate their availability to the global community; developing new models, programs, and delivery systems for healing trauma at the community, national, and international level.
Gina Ross is the founder and chair of The International Trauma-Healing Institute in the United States and the co-founder of the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma in Jerusalem. She specializes in trauma and has been involved in the understanding and treatment of trauma since 1990. She is trained in cognitive, behavioral and somatic treatment approaches and is certified in the more innovative techniques of Somatic Experiencing (SE), Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She is the published author of several articles and debuts her first book in Beyond the Trauma Vortex: The Role of the Media in Healing Fear and Violence. She is currently working within Israeli and Palestinian society to bring understanding to the role of trauma and the trauma vortex into Middle Eastern politics.
This is the website of Elizabeth Ruegg, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Counseling Traumatologist who has a full-time trauma resolution practice in Port Richey, on the west central coast of Florida. Her primary client base includes: survivors of sexual assault in childhood or adulthood; first responders - including firefighters, paramedics and law enforcement officers; and psychotherapists who are struggling with Secondary Traumatic Stress (Compassion Fatigue).
In addition to providing cutting-edge clinical techniques, including Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) and EMDR, Elizabeth Ruegg is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work and the Division of Medical Quality Assurance to provide Clinical Supervision for Licensure to LCSW and LMHC interns (therapists who are attempting to become independently licensed practitioners).
- Jo Berry's Building Bridges for Peace
This is the website of a remarkable and inspiring woman. The credentials she brings to her work for world peace and reconcilliation are as impecable as they are moving: her father, Sir Anthony Berry, MP, was a member of Margaret Thatcher's cabinet and was killed in the IRA bombing of the 1984 Tory Party conference in Brighton.
Subsequently undertaking, in her own words, "a journey of healing
in the hope that something positive would emerge from the nightmare", she set
about arranging to meet personally and privately with Patrick Magee, the man
who had murdered her father. At their first of what became many meetings (a
number of which later became the subject of an award-winning BBC documentary called, "Facing the Enemy"), she read him Bridges Can Be Built - a poem she had written that can be found on her site.
Jo is a member of the steering group of the Legacy project at Warrington Peace Centre, a project working on repairing the damage done in England, Scotland
and Wales by the troubles in Northern Ireland. She is trained in Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR).
- Dr. David Henson's Trauma
Relief Counseling Center & Couples/Marriage Therapy
Dr. Henson is Director of the International Traumatology Institute of Denver, a Certified Trauma Specialist and a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. He has developed Alcohol and Family Counseling Centers throughout the Midwest and is President of the Colorado Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress and Dissociation. Dr. Henson holds a doctorate in Christian Counseling Psychology, is an ordained minister and licensed as a Clinical Pastoral Counselor. He is in private practice and specializes in Traumatic Stress (Acute, Chronic and PTSD), Simple and Complex Grief and Couples/Marriage Therapy. Dr. Henson has served as adjunct faculty member at Wichita State University's (WSU) College of Health Related Professions, the WSU Branch of the Kansas University Medical Center and has been a guest lecturer in the Social Work Department at the University of Iowa.
- Visual Literacy Solutions
This organization offers highly successful literacy and behavior intervention programs focused on addressing the "root" causes which block learning. Adults and children can now eliminate their challenges in learning to read, write, spell or do math. Visual Literacy Solutions utilizes a distinctly effective combination of Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR), Skilled Counselling Techniques, and the widely successful methods outlined in "The Gift of Dyslexia" and "The Gift of Learning" by Ronald Davis. They deliver education, correction and healing while working together with parents, teachers, and supportive individuals who share a commitment in addressing the specialized learning needs of Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD mild FAS and high functioning Autistic individuals. Individual, group or family programs are available.
- Traumatology Services International
Traumatology Services International is a multi-functional organisation providing an array of services related to the field of trauma. Based in Johannesburg South Africa, it is able to provide most of its services internationally either directly or through its various networks.
Traumatology Services International constantly strives to be at the forefront of unfolding developments in the treatment of individuals who have suffered trauma in their lives. It believes strongly that a multi-dimensional approach to such treatment is the only effective and economical way of truly providing a return to wellness for the traumatised individual.
To this end, it is committed to promoting the emergence of Traumatology as a unique and distinct health and social science, which also incorporates the relevant inputs from other sciences and approaches which will facilitate the recovery - physically, emotionally, socially, mentally and spiritually - of those who have been traumatized. Traumatology Services International is also an affiliate of the International Institute of Traumatology and Crisis Intervention. Along with Dr. Peter Jones, chairman of council for the Institute, Gerald French regularly conducts professional training workshops in Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) in Johannesburg.
- Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP)
The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology is a private, non-sectarian graduate school accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. For over twenty-five years the Institute has remained a leader at the forefront of psychological research and education, probing the mind, body, spirit connection. The Institute's challenging and transformative educational paradigm has attracted students from all over the world.
In the spirit of transpersonal education, the Institute community supports a broad range of ideas, spiritual traditions, cultural perspectives and professional backgrounds. This setting provides the foundation for professional training in the field, personal growth and continuing education.
To find out more about Gerald French's Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) Trainings scheduled at ITP, please see the Institute's Continuing Education Schedule of Classes page, or contact Deanna Rosenthal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma
The Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those individuals - and their families - who suffer from trauma and stress. The Traumaweb site contains information regarding trauma, stress, resiliency and coping, and offers useful advice and self-help strategies by the center's professional staff.
Psychological wounds, similar to physical wounds, generally heal over time and most people recover from trauma without professional help. A minority of trauma survivors needs professional help in order to return to daily functioning. Fortunately, there are several short-term treatment methods available - including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing (SE), and Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) - to help the mind heal and the soul recover its natural energy. The purpose of this web site is to provide you with the most up-to-date information on the topics of trauma and stress. Here you will find helpful advice on how to overcome the after effects of trauma and begin the road to recovery.
This website also provides a list of professional centers in Israel specializing in the treatment of trauma survivors. In addition to those listed, there are independent clinical psychologists in Israel who specialize in dealing with trauma and stress as well as important information regarding receiving help from government institutions and volunteer organizations.
- Trauma Relief Services - TIR in the Northwest (TRSN)
TRSN is a non-profit educational foundation composed of community partners and university faculty, and is a Northwest Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) training center, as well as the Northwest's site for Traumatology Certification through the sponsorship and direction of Dr. Charles Figley and the Academy of Traumatology. TRSN also trains and does therapy using Non-violent Communication as taught by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D.