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Rob Blinn



Age: 59
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Location: Mianyang / Beichuan
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:57 pm  Post subject:  News from Mianyang 21 July Reply with quoteBottom of PageBack to top

We have now been in Mianyang for a little more than a day. Our training and intervention starts today. The training team, headed by Lisa LaDue, and including Donna Hilbig, Ale Duarte, and Daniel Bruce, has experience working in disaster settings on several continents. Lisa LaDue is the former director of the National Mass Fatality Institute in The United States. Selected team members have worked at the Pentagon after 9/11, in Thailand and India after the 2004 Tsunami, following Hurricane Katrina, in Africa, and South America. The team will be using a train the trainers model to show paraprofessionals and medical professionals how to intervene to reduce psychological trauma. The training team are all experienced in using both Somatic Experiencing(SE) techniques and Psychological First Aid. Today and yesterday have been focused on training the interpreters about Psychological First Aid and SE as well as a cultural orientation for team members coming from the U.S. Today ended with an exercise that focused on helping the support staff learning about bodily reactions related to the flight, flight, and freeze responses that are experienced as the result of the perception of threatening situations such as earthquakes.

We will be starting the training tomorrow morning at the Third Hospital in Mianyang. Mianyang is one of the larger cities near the epicenter and all of the hospitals here were overwhelmed with casualties following the May 12 earthquake. We have formed four teams; each led by one of the SE practitioner/trainer accompanied by one translator and one person acquainted with both Somatic Experiencing and Chinese language.

Today I was accompanied by Lisa LaDue, head of the training team, and Angel Meng, Sichuanese Beijing United Hospital ER nurse to a preparation meeting at the Third Hospital in Mianyang. As we worked out the final details of the first day of training, we were moved by the extent of the human suffering following the earthquake. On particularly moving fact was that 50% of all health care professionals in Beichuan were killed by the earthquake. We thought back to our colleagues at Beijing United and how heart-wrenching it would be to lose half of them.
In the last few days and weeks we have learned that people of every level are suffering here. Those few whose families and friends were not impacted by the earthquake were traumatized by assisting and helping out their community members. The physical wounds that can be healed have started to heal, but the symptoms of psychological trauma are often more difficult to see. The Chinese government has estimated up to 600,000 psychological casualties as the result of the earthquake. SE and Psychological First Aid techniques work not by dealing head on with trauma, which can often re-traumatize, but by focusing on somatic symptoms that are related to the trauma and on internal and external resources that help a person to manage to recover.

Much of this training will be working directly with earthquake victims in the field while trainers and trainees work side-by-side. We learned today that the treatment team will likely be going to Beichuan for much of the fieldwork. We were told today that although the earthquake was named after the city of Wenchuan, there is not much left standing in Beichuan and the hospital officials that we spoke with said that in their estimation, Beichuan was hit harder.

The project is still underfunded and we want to thank all of those people who have contributed to our efforts here. Your donations will go directly towards help us help disaster victims and train para-professionals, and medical professionals who live here in the epicenter areas. If you are interested in contributing, more information can be found at the United Foundation for Chinese Orphans web site (http://unitedfoundation.org/content/news/2008/sichuan-earthquake-relief-project/). Please indicate that you are donating to CHERP.

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Mainland China Coordinator of China Earthquake Relief Project (CHERP)

Psychologist
Director, Family Counseling Center
Beijing United Family Hospitals and Clinics
E-mail: rob.blinn@ufh.com.cn
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Rob Blinn



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:03 am  Post subject:  The team Reply with quoteBottom of PageBack to top

Please click on below to have a look at the picture taken with
Jamie Yang, Lisa LaDue, Rob Blinn in front of the Mianyang Third Hospital, the training Site

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Please click on below to have a look at the picture taken when the team is having
lunch at a restaurant next to our hospital

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Mainland China Coordinator of China Earthquake Relief Project (CHERP)

Psychologist
Director, Family Counseling Center
Beijing United Family Hospitals and Clinics
E-mail: rob.blinn@ufh.com.cn
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