Traumatic Incident Reduction Association

John Durkin, Certified/Accredited TIR Trainer

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An Interview with John Durkin:

VV: How long have you been a TIR trainer?

John: I have only become certified as a trainer this year (2012) but I have been practising TIR since 2004.

VV: What inspired you to become a TIR trainer?

John: The overwhelming need for this type of healing in the world, and my conviction that intelligent people with a commitment to human happiness can learn to do this quickly and effectively.

VV: What do you find rewarding about it?

John: John: Defying the assumptions of mainstream mental health thinking that manages to convince people that they are mentally ill and then finding that within a couple of hours they appear to have been ‘cured’! Beyond the relief that clients report is the pleasure of hearing what it is they can now do with their lives. Very rewarding!

VV: Are you willing to travel to deliver training, if so under what conditions?

John: Yes, I’m happy to travel although I’ve decided to become more strategic than to simply follow the work. I want to help develop a UK, and then a European, network of TIR facilitators with a research stream underpinning the evidence of psychological benefit.

VV: Do you have a private practice?

John: Yes I do. I have a consulting room in Harley St, London and an office in Nottingham, UK. For military veterans I offer a fixed rate for handling PTSD with the assurance of “no change, no charge”. So far no-one has asked for their money back.

VV: Besides TIR, what other things are you interested in?

John: I am a strong advocate of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) for emergency services personnel handling the immediate aftermath of their own difficult incidents. As a peer-support model CISM is the ideal vehicle for TIR to reach those professionally involved in all sorts of disasters. If people are willing to risk their health and well-being by helping others in need, they deserve TIR services too.

I enjoy being fit and regularly cycle, run and swim. My latest passion is snowboarding! I might compete in a triathlon if my body thinks it can do it.

VV: Describe your professional background?

John: I served for 17 years as a firefighter before embarking on a psychology degree. I later graduated with a master’s degree in psychological research methods. I ran a CISM training business and became involved with the fire and police departments after the 9/11 attacks. I have since graduated with a PhD from the University of Nottingham where I studied social support and its role in posttraumatic growth.

VV: What other courses are you currently teaching?

John: At the university I teach quantitative research methods, stress-management and relaxation techniques to students. In the real world I train fire and rescue services in CISM.

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