Humanitarian Project to Help the Victims of the Beirut Explosions

Training program for Lebanese health professionals in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder with reconsolidation therapy following the explosions of August 4th, 2020, in the port of Beirut.

Professor Alain BRUNET, PhD

Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University (Montreal). Researcher, Douglas Institute/ CIUSSS-ODIM (Montreal)

Professor Sami RICHA, MD, PhD

Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Saint-Joseph University (Beirut) Head of the Psychiatry Department, Hôtel-Dieu de France (Beirut)

The objectives of this humanitarian project

  1. Train and supervise Lebanese mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses) so that they can quickly treat with Reconsolidation Therapy a large number of victims suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the explosions in Beirut. It will act on the resilience of the Lebanese population through efficient psychotherapeutic treatment.
  2. Increase the capacity to take care of traumatized victims in Beirut.
  3. Launch an action research initiative to document/disseminate this initiative.

The local context and the issues raised

Two explosions in the port of Beirut occurred on 08/04/2020 leaving 190 dead, 40 missing and 6,500 injured according to a provisional assessment. The humanitarian challenges created by this explosion, with damage estimated at US $15 billion, focusing on access to housing (300,000 people homeless following the explosion), food security (hampered by the destruction of the port), and physical and mental health.

Based on observations made during the September 11, 2001 attacks, for example, it is estimated that the number of PTSD cases in Beirut linked to this explosion could range between 6% and 12% over the next 6 months (Neria et al., 2011). This represents between 120,000 and 240,000 people possibly suffering from PTSD.

Clinicians in Lebanon – around 1,000 all professions combined (psychologists, psychiatrists and other professionals adept to treat patients) have little training in the treatment of psychotrauma. However, following the explosion of 04/08/2020, thousands of Beirutis were traumatized.  

Lebanese are likely to suffer from PTSD in 2021

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Description of the aid project in Lebanon

The present humanitarian project proposed for Beirut involves a partnership between Prof. Sami Richa, professor of psychiatry at the University of St-Joseph / head of service at the Hôtel-Dieu de France (Beirut), president of the Lebanese Society of Psychiatry and Prof. Alain Brunet, professor at the Douglas research center within the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University in Montreal (Quebec, Canada).


This large-scale training program constitutes a public health project for Lebanon and specifically in the field of mental health. It will consist of training 100 mental health professionals/clinicians (psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, etc.) in the efficient psychotherapeutic protocol of Reconsolidation Therapy to rapidly treat the Lebanese population suffering from PTSD.

This project is inspired by the “Paris Mémoire vive (Paris MEM)” program deployed by Prof. Alain BRUNET (instigator/coordinator of the project) in partnership with the AP-HP. The objective of this project was to try to increase the capacity to take care of the victims of the mass attacks in Paris and Nice in 2015-2016, offering the innovative treatment that is Reconsolidation Therapy. Two hundred psychiatrists, psychologists and state-certified nurses were trained within the AP-HP and the CHU of Nice. Hundreds of direct/indirect victims (estimated at 400) in NICE and PARIS were treated by these trained mental health professionals.

Why train in the psychotherapeutic protocol of Reconsolidation Therapy?

  • The treatment is short and efficient for people suffering from PTSD (6 weeks), suitable for this type of emergency context for the recovery of victims
  • The training is recognized by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ), by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and by the Datadock (France) as continuing education.
  • The protocol taught is based on 20 years of scientific research carried out at the Douglas Institute (McGill University)
  • The training offered is fast (16 hours over 3 days) and comprehensive
  • Training and educational material already exist in French and English
  • The training is already taught each month face-to-face or remotely (online)
  • Weekly group clinical supervision will be offered
  • Trained trainees will also be able to ask questions on a confidential discussion forum to Alain Brunet and his team. The forum will serve as a community of practice through a web platform managed by the International Association for Reconsolidation Therapy (IART), a non-profit association.

Who will be trained?

The 100 trained therapists will commit to treating a number of patients free of charge and collecting clinical data as part of a research project involving the Douglas Institute and St-Joseph (Lebanon) and McGill (Canada) universities.

The following professional associations have shown an interest in having their members trained:

  • The Lebanese Society of Psychiatry (of which Prof. Richa is the president).
  • Psychologists from the Lebanese Psychological Association (LPA).
  • Trainee psychologists from Saint Joseph University in Beirut.
  • The staff of the psychiatry department of the Hôtel-Dieu de France, in Beirut

The non-profit IART will organize the training logistics. The training will be given remotely (online). The groups will be formed progressively according to the applications

The provisional schedule

The start of training is scheduled for September 23 with the training of the first group of 6 Lebanese therapists. A ramp-up is planned gradually with the objective of training a hundred mental health professionals within 6 months.

Funding

We are currently seeking funding for the project. A collaborative fundraising activity through donations has been set up and is accessible here:

https://en.reconsolidationtherapy.com/appel-au-don-formation-therapeutes-libanais

Research and community of clinical practice

This humanitarian training program is part of an action research program led by Prof. Brunet (McGill University) and Richa (St-Joseph University, Beirut). The data collected by the Lebanese therapists will be used for research.

To help clinicians better master the Reconsolidation Therapy, a community of practices of Lebanese therapists trained in Reconsolidation Therapy will be set up once a month remotely.

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Cancellation and refund conditions

If the trainee cannot attend part of the training or all of the training:
He will be offered, as far as possible:
a postponement of the training to a later date.
to attend the part of the training that was not taken.
No reimbursement can be made by the training organization.

Responsibility of the training organization / trainer (except in cases of force majeure):

If the trainer cannot provide the training, the trainee will be offered:
A replacement teacher. The trainee remains free to refuse this replacement.
A training deferral (of the entire training / or only the missing days or hours of training).
A refund of the entire training.
No financial compensation other than reimbursement for the training will be paid by the training organization in the event of cancellation of the training.

Force majeure clause for the training organization (the service provider)

In cases of force majeure (transport strike or of another nature, pandemic, illness / accident of the trainer or of a member of his family, natural disasters, the failure to obtain visas, work permits or '' other permits, laws or regulations put in place subsequently, interruption of telecommunications, energy supply, communication or transport of any type, or any other circumstance beyond the reasonable control of the Service Provider - non-exhaustive list ), the training organization cannot be held responsible for the cancellation or postponement of the training. The trainee will be offered:

Reimbursement of training
A replacement teacher. The trainee remains free to refuse this replacement
A postponement of training (of the entire training / or only the missing days or hours of training)
No financial compensation other than reimbursement for the training will be paid by the training organization in the event of cancellation of the training.
Force majeure clause for the trainee (the client)

In cases of force majeure (transport strike or of another nature, pandemic, illness / accident of the trainee or of a member of his family, natural disasters, the failure to obtain visas, work permits or '' other permits, laws or regulations subsequently put in place, interruption of telecommunications, energy supply, communication or transport of any type, or any other circumstance beyond the reasonable control of the trainee - non-exhaustive list ), the trainee cannot be held responsible for his absence.

The trainee will be offered:

Reimbursement of training
A postponement of training (of the entire training / or only the missing days or hours of training)
No financial compensation other than reimbursement for the training will be paid by the training organization in the event of cancellation of the training.

 

An approved training organization and datadocked training

The training organization "LES CONSULTANTS ALAIN BRUNET ET ASSOCIES" has obtained approval as a training organization registered under the number 93990559883.

We are at your disposal for the administrative details relating to this procedure and for any additional information.

Who Should Attend ?

to all doctors (general practitioners and psychiatrists)
nurses, other paramedical professionals, social workers likely to take care of patients with PTS disorders
psychologists, psychotherapists,
to other professionals / therapists: already trained in CBT, hypnotherapy, EMDR, sexology, art therapy, psychoanalysis, ...

This training allows you to learn to use Reconsolidation Therapy ™ applied to the resolution of traumas.

Specificities of reconsolidation therapy

Based on the latest discoveries in neuroscience, the innovative therapy of Reconsolidation ™ has been the subject of much scientific research, allowing today a hindsight in its efficiency. This method combines taking a pharmacological agent with brief psychotherapy.

It aims to treat the disorders caused by intense emotional shocks (losses, bereavements, accidents, assaults, attacks, natural disaster). Focusing on repairing post-traumatic stress disorder, it is the marker of an innovative therapeutic protocol.

Training content

The Brunet Method ™ training includes 16 hours of lessons, spread over 2.5 days. It comes with a 6-hour reading program (in English).

It aims to treat the disorders caused by intense emotional shocks (losses, bereavements, accidents, assaults, attacks, natural disaster). Focusing on repairing post-traumatic stress disorder, it is the marker of an innovative therapeutic protocol.

Spécificités de la thérapie de la reconsolidation

Basée sur les dernières découvertes en neurosciences, la thérapie innovante de la Reconsolidation™ a fait l’objet de nombreuses recherches scientifiques permettant aujourd’hui un recul sur son efficience. Cette méthode associe la prise d’un agent pharmacologique à une psychothérapie brève.

Elle vise à traiter les troubles engendrés par des chocs émotionnels intenses (pertes, deuils, accidents, agressions, attentats, catastrophe naturelle). S’attachant à réparer les troubles post-traumatiques, elle est le marqueur d’un protocole thérapeutique innovant.


Contenu de la formation

La formation à la Méthode Brunet™ comprend 16 heures de cours, réparties sur 2,5 jours. Elle est assortie d’un programme de lecture de 6 heures (en anglais).

Pour connaitre avec précision le contenu de la formation et le programme d’apprentissage intégral, cliquez sur le lien de la page détaillée.

Elle vise à traiter les troubles engendrés par des chocs émotionnels intenses (pertes, deuils, accidents, agressions, attentats, catastrophe naturelle). S’attachant à réparer les troubles post-traumatiques, elle est le marqueur d’un protocole thérapeutique innovant.

A qui s’adresse cette formation ?

  • à tous les médecins (généralistes et psychiatres)
  • infirmiers, autres professionnels para-médicaux, travailleurs sociaux susceptibles de prendre en charge des patients atteints de troubles de SPT
  • aux psychologues, psychothérapeutes,
  • aux autres professionnels / thérapeutes : déjà formés aux TCC, à l’hypnothérapie, à l’EMDR, à la sexologie, à l’art-thérapie, à la psychanalyse, …

Cette formation permet d’apprendre à utiliser la Thérapie de la Reconsolidation™ appliquée à la résolution des traumas.

Un organisme de formation agréé et une formation datadockée

L’organisme de formation « LES CONSULTANTS ALAIN BRUNET ET ASSOCIES » a obtenu l’agrément d’organisme de formation enregistré sous le numéro 93990559883.

Nous sommes à votre disposition pour les détails administratifs afférant à cette procédure et pour tous renseignements complémentaires.


Possibilité de prise en charge de votre formation

Le professionnel installé en exercice libéral au moment de la formation peut réaliser une demande de financement par le FIF-PL. Si vous souhaitez davantage d’informations, vous pouvez nous contacter : coordination@reconsolidationtherapy.com

Vous trouverez également de l’information sur le site www.fifpl.fr.

La formation à la thérapie de la reconsolidation sera bientôt éligible dans le cadre du Compte Personnel de Formation (CPF).

Conditions d'annulation et de remboursement

Si le stagiaire ne peut assister à une partie de la formation ou à la totalité de la formation: 

  • Il lui sera proposé, dans la mesure du possible :
    •  un report de la formation à une date ultérieure.
    • d’assister à la partie de la formation qui n’a pas été suivie. 
  • Aucun remboursement ne pourra être réalisé par l’organisme de formation.

Responsabilité de l’organisme de formation/du formateur (hors cas de force majeure):

  • Si le formateur ne peut pas dispenser la formation, il sera proposé au stagiaire : 
    • Un enseignant remplaçant. Le stagiaire reste libre de refuser ce remplacement.
    • Un report de formation (de la totalité de la formation / ou seulement les jours ou heures manquantes de formation).
    • Un remboursement de la totalité de la formation. 
  • Aucun dédommagement financier autre que le remboursement de la formation ne sera payé par l’organisme de formation en cas d’annulation de la formation.      

Clause cas de force majeure pour l’organisme de formation (le prestataire)

  • Dans les cas de force majeure (grève des transports ou d’une autre nature, pandémie, maladie/accident du formateur ou d’un membre de sa famille, les désastres naturels, la non-obtention de visas, des autorisations de travail ou d’autres permis, les lois ou règlement mis en place ultérieurement, l’interruption des télécommunications, de l’approvisionnement en énergie, des communication ou des transports de tout type, ou tout autre circonstance échappant au contrôle raisonnable du Prestataire – liste non-exhaustive), l’organisme de formation ne pourra être tenue responsable de l’annulation ou du différé de la formation. Il sera proposé au stagiaire : 
    • Le remboursement de la formation
    • Un enseignant remplaçant. Le stagiaire reste libre de refuser ce remplacement
    • Un report de formation (de la totalité de la formation / ou seulement les jours ou heures manquantes de formation)
    • Aucun dédommagement financier autre que le remboursement de la formation ne sera payé par l’organisme de formation en cas d’annulation de la formation. 

     Clause cas de force majeure pour le stagiaire (le client)

    Dans les cas de force majeure (grève des transports ou d’une autre nature, pandémie, maladie/accident du stagiaire ou d’un membre de sa famille, les désastres naturels, la non-obtention de visas, des autorisations de travail ou d’autres permis, les lois ou règlement mis en place ultérieurement, l’interruption des télécommunications, de l’approvisionnement en énergie, des communication ou des transports de tout type, ou tout autre circonstance échappant au contrôle raisonnable du stagiaire – liste non-exhaustive), le stagiaire ne pourra être tenue responsable de son absence.  

    Il sera proposé au stagiaire : 

    • Le remboursement de la formation
    • Un report de formation (de la totalité de la formation / ou seulement les jours ou heures manquantes de formation)
    • Aucun dédommagement financier autre que le remboursement de la formation ne sera payé par l’organisme de formation en cas d’annulation de la formation.