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HAUNTED: EMDR for First Responders and Professionals in the Trenches

altCourse: HAUNTED: EMDR for First Responders and Professionals in the Trenches
Robbie Adler-Tapia

altInstructor: Robbie Adler-Tapia, Ph.D.

alt Approved for 2.5 Hours of CE Credit

altFulfills License and EMDR Requirements

alt High Resolution Video



This training focuses on basic and advanced skills in adhering to the 8 phases of EMDR therapy in the treatment of first responders exposed to trauma in the line of duty. The practice of caring for the emotional and physical needs of professionals exposed to life and death situations and the most difficult of human suffering takes its toll on those in the trenches.

In these inimitable circumstances, the exposure can lead to direct traumas and/or vicarious trauma for the professional. By working in law enforcement, fire sciences, emergency services, 911 operators, emergency room staff (including doctors and nurses), child welfare workers, and even psychotherapists, these professionals experience direct or secondary trauma from their work environment.

Case conceptualization will be presented through the lens of the Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP) adhering to the 8 phases of EMDR therapy. This interactive workshop includes videos, and didactic material, to deepen participants’ understanding of how to implement EMDR therapy and enhance their skills in working with first responders.



At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe ethical, legal, and forensic issues unique to this population
  • Describe the flow of the EMDR therapy with law enforcement, Firefighters, emergency responders
  • Create and implement a targeting sequence plan specifically for working with first responders
  • Assess emergency responders dealing with Covid-19 and variant threats


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CE Approval Information

This course fulfills 2.5 hours of Advanced EMDR Training.

  • EMDRIA approval number: 15002-DL54
  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. This course is also approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for its licentiates' CE license renewal requirements.
  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 2.5 hours of CE credit for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs.
  • SFG is an approved EMDRIA International CE Credit Provider, #15002 and maintains responsibility for its EMDR courses’ programs and contents in accordance with EMDRIA Standards.