The focus of the EMDR for First Responders and Protective Service Personnel Special Interest Group (SIG) of EMDRIA is to create an international assembly of professionals to promote collaboration, training, treatment, and research for EMDRIA therapists who work with individuals who are and/or have worked as first responders/protective services workers. These professionals differ from veterans in that they spend their careers at home working in and around their communities to protect the safety and welfare of citizens. Some first responders/protective services workers have served in the military, but differ in many ways as they live in the communities they serve. These professionals experience daily personal and professional exposure to traumatic incidents.
There are many assessment tools available on the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs website at: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pages/assessments/all_measures.asp It is important for therapists to assess for suicidal ideation, trauma exposure, and trauma symptoms.
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