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Jackson State University class of ’84 alumnus Roy Thomas spoke March 20 during Social Work Month ceremonies at the Mississippi e-Center at JSU.

JSU grad Roy Thomas speaks at conference

Jackson State University class of ’84 alumnus Roy Thomas was the featured speaker during Social Work Month ceremonies March 20 at the Mississippi e-Center at JSU.

Thomas, a family and relationships therapist and owner of Stephen & Associates in Merrillville, Ind., presented a program on EMDR, a technique for healing trauma.

Thomas says he is successfully treating emotional disorders, trauma and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) with EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

He showed videos about the technique that was developed by a researcher who discovered that conscious eye movements can be used to access brain centers, and with therapy, can clear painful memories. It mimics the rapid eye movement (REM) of sleep.

Thomas said that the technique is listed as effective by the American Psychiatric Association, among other groups.

He also explained how PTSD can develop and stressed the importance of treatment. “If you don’t do something about these issues, they get bigger,” he said.

Thomas can be reached at 219-613-2122 or roy@stephenassociates.org

The talk was part of the College of Public Service School of Social Work’s 35th Annual Social Work Celebration. It was in honor of National Social Work Month that is being celebrated across the country, coinciding with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) celebrating its 60th anniversary.

For more on the School of Social Work, see www.jsums.edu/socialwork.

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