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Using EMDR & Effective Counseling Strategies to Help First Responders Restore Their Resilience

altCourse: Using EMDR & Effective Counseling Strategies to Help First Responders Restore Their ResilienceSara G. Gilman, Psy.D.

altInstructor: Sara G. Gilman, Psy.D.

alt Approved for 2.5 Hours of CE Credit

altFulfills License and EMDR Requirements

alt High Resolution Video

Program Description:

While many EMDR Therapists are trained in treating people who have experienced traumatic events, this doesn’t guarantee they will be effective with the unique needs of the first responder population. Dr. Gilman’s presentation will address how EMDR treatment can benefit first responders who are repeatedly exposed to traumatic incidents, and how EMDR therapists can be successful with this population.

Through her ‘lessons learned,’ over 25 years working with police officers, firefighters, medical personnel, dispatchers and other emergency service professionals, Dr. Gilman will provide real life examples and updated research to support the value of EMDR with this population who we all depend on in times of great need.

Course Disclaimer -
One of the main purposes of this course is to help therapists learn what First Responders experience psychologically in their work, thus enabling therapists to more fully understand this population.

In this course there will be video clips of First Responders talking about what they have experienced, which contain graphic descriptions of traumatic situations. This material has the potential to cause participants discomfort or distress. The presenter will inform the participants prior to each clip so they may choose to mute your audio.


Goals & Objectives:

  • Apply specific information from current research studies about the unique impact of the occupational hazards effecting first responders’ psychological well-being.
  • Recognize how EMDR Therapy can be effective with this population.
  • Identify specific steps to build sustainable relationships with first responders and the agencies they work for.
  • Give examples of a wide range of supportive resources to continue to build their clinical skills in working with this population.
  • Apply three (3) specific tools to build effective rapport with the first responder population.
  • Explain the EMDR Therapy protocol to first responders following critical incidents.


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CE Approval Information

  • This course fulfills 2.5 hours of Advanced EMDR Training.
  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC (SFG) is approved as a CE provider by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. SFG maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • This course meets the qualifications for 2.5 hours of continuing education credit for psychologists and licensees of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Reciprocity for Master Degree clinicians may vary by state. Please check with your state licensing agency or board.
  • The Steve Frankel Group is an approved EMDRIA Credit Provider (EC Provider Number:15002). SFG maintains responsibility for this program and its contents in accordance with EMDRIA Standards. EMDRIA Program Approval Number: #15002-16.