The GIST-T project intends to help expand current efforts to scale up trauma treatment. Its initial focus has been on frontline workers—humanitarian aid workers and peace operations personnel—utilizing the recently developed Confronting Stress and Trauma Resource Kit. That focus is now being widened to include other traumatized population groups.


Why frontline workers? They deal with situations caused by violent conflicts and natural disasters. They are frequently exposed to traumatic events and circumstances. Increasing their resilience, and attending to their trauma symptoms, will support their ongoing capacity to perform their challenging duties.


The contribution large-scale trauma healing could make to enhance social, economic and cultural productivity, as well as individual educability, creativity and well-being, could well be historic. Effective trauma treatment could help break the causal chains of violence begetting violence, abuse begetting more abuse, transmitted from generation to generation. It could bring an end to immense and insidious inner suffering—suffering that is largely unnecessary.


Practical opportunities present themselves daily. The GIST-T project is set up to seize many of these opportunities, and to create new ones. This poses a challenge to all of us.




Mission, Aim and GOALs




Our professional staff seeks to increase awareness of both causes and consequences of stress and trauma on individuals and communities. We strive to improve the availability of, and access to, scientifically validated trauma treatment worldwide. We first focus our engagement on at-risk personnel dealing with violent conflicts and natural disasters, and through them, on disadvantaged, underserved populations.



To reduce the global burden of stress and trauma, and in so doing promote healing, health and hope, and foster resilience, peace and productivity.



• To create greater awareness and understanding among key stakeholders about the far-reaching social, economic, physical and mental consequences of stress and trauma, and of the effective treatments currently available.

• To encourage the development of both conventional and innovative training schemes, including those aimed at paraprofessionals and volunteers.

• To increase the availability of effective services for stress and trauma in development, protection and humanitarian settings.

• To enable the greater use and coverage of services related to stress and trauma reduction.

• To promote research into new appropriate methods and approaches that will facilitate scaling-up of broader stress and trauma services within existing formal systems.

• To mobilize sufficient resources for GIST-T to become a sustainable organization that fulfils its mission.



















The Global Initiative for Stress and Trauma Treatment (GIST-T) is at present an unincorporated association in France.



Rolf Carriere, Chairman (pro bono)

Clare Blenkinsop, Secretary/Spokesperson (pro bono)

Treasurer (pro bono) - Vacant





Anne Neumann (Psychologist/Adviser)

Cara Perrett (Project Director)

Carolina De La Torre Ugarte (Project Director)

Kelly Smith-Dent (Psychologist/Adviser)

Kristina Preiksaityte (Social Media Intern)

Laetitia de Schoutheete (Psychologist/Adviser)

Sabrina Gibb (Conference Intern)

Sherry Rose (Fundraising Adviser)



Technical Advisory Group


Francine Shapiro, PhD - Patron and Honorary Board MemberFrancine Shapiro, is a psychologist who is the originator and developer of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Dr. Shapiro was a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, California, Executive Director of the EMDR Institute, and founder and President Emeritus of the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs, a non-profit organization that coordinates disaster response and pro bono trainings worldwide. This organization was a recipient of the 2011 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Sarah Haley Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence. Additionally, Dr. Shapiro was a recipient of the International Sigmund Freud Award for distinguished contribution to psychotherapy presented by the City of Vienna in conjunction with the World Council for Psychotherapy, the American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology, and the Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology Award presented by the California Psychological Association. She is the author of many books and articles on EMDR.Esly Carvalho, PhDEsly Regina Souza de Carvalho, is a clinical psychologist and a Trainer of Trainers of EMDR Therapy, certified by the EMDR Institute and EMDR Iberoamérica where she served two terms as president. Dr. Carvalho is a Psychodrama trainer as well as a Brainspotting trainer. She is the clinical director of TraumaClinic in Brasilia, Brazil and has written several books on EMDR, including Heal your Brain, Heal your Body and Healing the Folks Who Live Inside.Derek Farrell, PhDDerek Farrell is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, an EMDR Europe Accredited Trainer and Consultant, a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and an Accredited Psychotherapist with the British Association of Cognitive & Behavioral Psychotherapies (BABCP). He is currently President of EMDR Europe Humanitarian Assistance Programs (EMDR Europe HAP), is a member of the EMDR Europe Science & Research Committee, Co-chair EMDR Europe Practice Sub-Committee and is Vice-President of the EMDR Europe Board, Past President of EMDR UK & Ireland, and Past-Chair EMDR UK & Ireland Accreditation Committee. He has been involved in a number of Humanitarian Assistance programs training mental health workers in the aftermath of the Turkish and Pakistan earthquakes and the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Dr. Farrell was the recipient of the ‘David Servan Schreiber Award’ for Outstanding Contribution to EMDR in 2013. He is an international trainer and was the developer of the first Masters of Science in EMDR which is offered by the University of Worcester, where he currently works.Howard Lorber, LCSWHoward Lorber was originally trained as an anthropologist, and upon becoming a psychotherapist, Howard’s work began with the treatment of domestic violence victims and perpetrators. His work is now focused on those who have PTSD and other acute trauma disorders. After 9/11 and the 2008 Tsunami he wanted to get involved in the development of a relief program for the affected populations. He is a clinician, writer, marketer and program developer.Marilyn Luber, PhDMarilyn Luber is a clinical psychologist, consultant to clinicians, educator and writer. She has worked with adolescents, couples and adults in private practice since 1987. She works with a wide range of clients with diverse issues, but is especially known for her work with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). She has worked as a Primary Consultant for the FBI. She was on the founding Board of Directors of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). Currently, she serves as a facilitator for the EMDR Global Alliance. In 2001, through EMDR HAP (Humanitarian Assistance Programs), she published Handbook for EMDR Clients, which has been translated into eight languages; the proceeds from sales of the handbook go to EMDR HAP organizations worldwide. Dr. Luber is the author and editor of six books on EMDR, collaborating with over 125 EMDR experts from 14 different countries on topics related to the practice of EMDR Therapy, special populations, recent trauma, trauma and trauma-related conditions, anxiety, obsessive compulsive and mood-related conditions and medical-related conditions. In 2003, she was presented with the EMDRIA award ‘For Outstanding Contribution and Service to EMDRIA’ and in 2005, ‘The Francine Shapiro Award for Outstanding Contribution and Service to EMDR.’Sushma Mehrotra, PhDSushma Mehrotra is a clinical psychologist and has served as a researcher, trainer and instructor in post-graduate courses. She currently serves as the President of EMDR Asia and was the first clinician to introduce EMDR Therapy to India. She led the team of 40 trained EMDR practitioners from Mumbai to Gujarat in Western India after the devastating earthquake in 2001, where they worked with 16,000 children to overcome PTSD. Dr. Mehrotra has worked as a consultant with WHO, UNICEF, IPPF, PSI and has led a project for CARE, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Mark Nickerson, LICSWMark Nickerson is a psychotherapist and internationally recognized expert on the treatment of PTSD. He is an EMDR Institute and Trauma Recovery HAP basic and advanced EMDR Trainer, and Past President of the EMDR International Association (2014). He conducts advanced specialty EMDR trainings on topics related to trauma treatment including war veterans, cultural competence, and problem behaviors. He is editor/author of Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy: Insights, Strategies and Protocols (2016) and author of The Wounds Within (2015), an exposé on the challenges for war veterans and their families.Udi Oren, PhDUdi Oren is a clinical psychologist and Past President of the European Society of EMDR. He is qualified as an EMDR trainer in both Europe and the USA. Dr. Oren is the author of many books and has lectured at Harvard Medical School in Boston and the University Medical School in Tel-Aviv. He has led EMDR training workshops in Europe, Asia and Africa. He currently serves as the chair for EMDR Israel.Curtis Rouanzoin, PhDCurtis Rouanzoin is certified in EMDR Therapy, an approved consultant, and an approved instructor in EMDR. He serves as a senior facilitator and specialty presenter for the EMDR Institute. He trains fellow clinicians to use EMDR through the Traumatic Stress Network. Dr. Rouanzoin taught for 22 years as a Professor of Psychology at Hope International University in Fullerton, CA. While employed there, he developed the graduate program in MFT and served as chair of the department of psychology. Dr. Rouanzoin has been in private practice for over 32 years, and works with a variety of concerns, ranging from trauma and PTSD to peak performance. He is the author of several books on EMDR.Rosalie Thomas, RN, PhDRosalie Thomas is a licensed psychologist in Washington State.  Dr. Thomas has served as Board Member, Treasurer and President of the EMDR International Association.  She is a founding board member of the EMDR Research Foundation, currently serves as co-facilitator of the EMDR Global Alliance, and chairs the EMDRIA Conference Committee.  Dr. Thomas is a Facilitator and Trainer for the Trauma Recovery/ Humanitarian Assistance Programs, a Facilitator and Regional Trainer for the EMDR Institute and a Trainer of Trainers in Asia for the EMDR Institute.  Dr. Thomas has participated in EMDR therapy trainings throughout the United States and in Canada, Bangladesh, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.  She is the principal author of the EMDR Early Interventions Researcher’s Toolkit.  Dr. Thomas was recipient of the Francine Shapiro Award in 2007, the Outstanding Service to EMDRIA Award, and the Liz Snyker Award for Humanitarian Service in 2016.

work with us

The Global Initiative for Stress and Trauma Treatment (GIST-T), based in Ferney-Voltaire, France has a number of vacancies available. These are Intern positions and successful candidates are needed to start immediately.


For all GIST-T Interns the following skills and qualifications are required:

• Available for a minimum of 10-15 hours each week

• Bachelors level degree

• Good English writing skills

• Good interpersonal skills

• Self-starting and able to meet deadlines

• Familiarity with trauma issues an advantage

• Familiarity with the humanitarian sector an advantage


E-Learning Development and Marketing (Intern)

Specific qualifications required:

• Familiar with the use of Articulate and SCORM

• Expertise in using social media, website design (WordPress) and maintenance

• Experience in marketing and mobilization, especially with e-learning courses

• Preferably full-time, 35+ hours each week


Project Officer – Field Research Design (Intern)

Specific qualifications required:

• Experience in the design and implementation of field research related to innovative approaches in trauma therapy and healing, in humanitarian and violence settings

• Interested in innovations (in CBT and EMDR) related to paraprofessionals


Project Officer – Innovations (Intern)

Specific qualifications required:

• Expertise in introducing new techniques and thinking to medical and nursing professionals

• Experience with developing and implementing approaches for upgrading/refreshing skills among medical and nursing professionals


Fundraiser (Intern)

Specific qualifications required:

• Experience with research and writing proposals to foundations and other funders

• Experience with crowdfunding, appeals, mass mailings and grant writing

• Excellent writing and research skills in English

• Capacity to communicate the project's mission and programme to potential funders


Project Officer (Intern)

Specific qualifications required:

• Good day-to-day management and financial skills

• Administrative and basic IT skills

• Ability to keep projects on track and to take corrective action if needed

• Capacity to communicate the project's purpose and programme



If you are interested to apply for any of there positions, please write to: