Treating America's Heroes: EMDR Therapy with Military, Police, and Fire


  • Virtual Training

    Live, Virtual Training via HIPAA Compliant Zoom.

  • CE Credits

    This course is awaiting approval for 4 CE Credits by CE-Classes.com and by EMDRIA for 4 CEs.

  • Course Enrollment

    EMDR Professional Training Members: $129
    Regular Enrollment: $149

Instructor: Donna Griffin, LMFT

Donna Griffin is a licensed Marriage family therapist in the States of Florida and California. She is an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist, EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Facilitator, and EMDRIA Approved Trainer in EMDR therapy.  

Donna provides consultation for those seeking completion for EMDR Basic Training as well as certification in EMDR therapy and for those who would like to become approved consultants. 

Donna has worked in a variety of settings as a social worker for 16 years mostly in geriatrics until receiving a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 1998 from National University.

Donna has worked in private practice for over 20 years and held positions with the Department of Defense inpatient and outpatient facilities for addictive disorders as well as hospital emergency rooms as a licensed mental health clinician for Palomar Health. 

Donna treats a variety of issues including but not limited to couples’ issues, depressive and other mood related disorders, trauma as well as complex trauma, grief, family issues, childhood related disorders, anxiety and compulsive disorders and specializes in working with Military service members and their families as well as first responders. 

Donna volunteered for American Red Cross for 12 years on their disaster response team. 

Donna is originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, resided in California from 1990-2019, and is now located in Palm Coast, Florida. 


Treating America's Heroes:
EMDR Therapy with Military, Police, and Fire

Advanced Workshop for EMDR Therapy Clinicians

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Treating America's Heroes:
EMDR Therapy with Military, Police, and Fire

  • $149.00
  • Live Virtual Training
  • Open to EMDR therapy trained clinicians
  • 4 professional CEs and 4 EMDRIA CEs for EMDR trained clinicians

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Course Description, Learning Objectives, Schedule


Program Abstract/ Program Description 

Treating America's Heroes:  EMDR Therapy with Military, Police, and Fire is available to those who have completed an EMDRIA-approved EMDR Basic Training program as an advanced course for EMDRIA and professional/licensing CEs.   

This advanced workshop enables the EMDR therapy clinician to work most effectively with military, police, and fire personnel (active or retired), as well as other first responders with in depth knowledge about military and first responder culture and risk factors.  This workshop offers specialized adaptations and AIP considerations for this population who see and must respond to horrific events--those who do not hesitate to put their lives at risk but who may endure a variety of traumatic events because of their occupation.

EMDR therapy is a very successful therapeutic modality for working with this special population. This course is designed to prepare clinicians to work effectively with Military personnel, both active duty and veterans as well as police and firefighters. This population is often reticent to come to therapy, yet the need is substantial. This advanced training will prepare clinicians to work efficaciously with these populations and is intended to expand knowledge and practice of EMDR therapy.

Learn how to:

  • Identify client readiness for therapy for this population who are reticent to seek help and apply learned concepts of the culture of this population to gain “buy in” and increase therapeutic rapport.
  • Recognize risk factors in this special population that contribute to the level of mental health concerns and suicide rates and other ramifications of service.
  • Recognize and manage dissociation, common “stuck” places while in preprocessing phases and common adaptations.

EMDR therapy with military, police and fire encompasses the adaptations for the 8 phase, 3 prong approach and AIP considerations. The course includes examples of ways clients show up to therapy and under what conditions. Recognize and manage the unique defense structures of “it’s the job” and other defenses that prevent clients from accepting that they are as important as those they protect rescue and serve. Within the course, clinicians learn to distinguish which issues on treatment planning are going to be the most efficacious to keep clients engaged and learn to assist clients in building internal and external supports, create resourcing techniques to manage strong emotions and dissociation in between and in sessions. The course includes demonstrated adaptations, giving examples of real life cases for a comprehensive understanding of the deeper meaning of exposure to horrific experiences, as military, police, and firefighters put their lives at risk, and the deep-rooted consequences that accompany the vocation of serving the community or the country, maintaining law, order, and freedom.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Recall at least two cultural attributes and defenses of the military, police, and fire populations.
  2. Recognize at least two risk factors in this special population that contribute to the level of mental health concerns and suicide rates and other ramifications of service. 
  3. Recognize and manage dissociation, common "stuck" places, and keeping within the window of tolerance.
  4. Recall at least two adaptations and AIP considerations of EMDR therapy for the military, police, and fire populations.
  5. Recognize the attributes of PTSD and Complex PTSD as they relate to first responder and military culture. 
  6. Describe the internal and external support process and recognize resourcing techniques to manage strong emotions and dissociation between and in sessions.

Schedule 

Saturday, July 20th, 2024

Course runs in Pacific Time.


Time: Course Content:


8:45 – 9:00am Attendance - Check in between 8:45 and 9:00 for attendance and to clear up any tech issues before we begin.
9:00 - 9:30am
30 min
Introduction to the military, police, and fire populations

Cultural attributes and defenses
9:30-10:30am
60 min
Risk factors that contribute to level of mental health concerns and suicide rates and other ramifications of service.

Managing dissociation, common "stuck" places while in pre-processing phases.
10:30am - 10:45am
15 min
Break
10:45am - 12:15am
90 min
Adaptations and AIP considerations of EMDR therapy for the military, police, and fire populations.

Distinguishing issues in treatment planning most likely to be efficacious to keep clients engaged.
12:15- 12:30pm
15 min
Break
12:30 - 1:00pm
30 min
Internal and external support process and resourcing techniques to manage strong emotions and dissociation between and in sessions.

1:00 – 1:30pm
30 min
Vignettes, Q&A, wrap up



Total:   4 hours

Eligibility and Approvals



Eligibility

This course is considered an advanced course for EMDR therapy clinicians.  Before enrolling in this course, participants should successfully complete an EMDRIA approved EMDR Basic Training program.

If you have not yet taken EMDR Basic Training, please go to our Basic Training schedule on our EMDR Basic Training home page at EMDR Professional Training.

CE INFORMATION

This course is a CE course. Participants are responsible for checking with their state boards to verify CE requirements.

EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) CEs

EMDR Professional Training is an approved EMDRIA CE Provider (#18023), and this program is approved by EMDRIA for 4 EMDRIA Credits, Approval #18023-60.

TRAINING LEVEL: Beginning level

Eligibility for EMDRIA Credits is restricted to those who have completed an EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR Training.

Continuing Education Credit - Professional CEs

Continuing Education Credit is approved for 4 CEs through EMDR Professional Training's CE partner, CE-Classes.com. See the information below for professional approvals.

CE-Classes.com is approved by:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA). CE-Classes.com is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • Florida Certification Board

  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP. Expires 3/31/2025.

  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.

  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-174-0225. Expires 02-2025

  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners – CE-Classes.com meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors – CE-Classes.com meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: (TBD)

  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Approval from a state licensing board for counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists is accepted by the OH CSWMFTB.

  • New York Social Work Board – CE-Classes.com is recognized by the New York State EducationDepartment’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0120.

  • New York Mental Health Practitioners Board.  CE-Classes.com, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors.  #MHC-0260.
  • New York Psychology Board. CE-Classes.com, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0211.
  • The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2024. Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.
  • The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2024.
  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit.

  • This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.


Licensed Professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop. Participants print their own certificate after registering at CE-Classes.com, entering a keycode, and completing an evaluation form.

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More information about obtaining your CE Certificate for this course is available at the end of the workshop.

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