Julie Miller, LPC, LISAC
4 EMDRIA Credits
First responders are exposed to abnormal human experiences every day in their work in law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical service, 911 dispatch, and others. Their training helps them function in crisis situations, but even the most highly trained emergency workers have limited bandwidth for coping with these exposures. First responder culture often negatively affects the individual’s willingness to seek help until after a personal crisis or other consequences ensue. When they finally ask for or are sent for help, the treating psychotherapist must have cultural competence for the population to be effective.
EMDR therapy can be an ideal fit for first responders in that no homework is required and it is a more efficient form of treatment. First responders may come to treatment with most, if not all, readiness factors in place for EMDR therapy. This online course will identify some of the cultural blocks to treating first responders, explore treatment planning from the Adaptive Information Processing model (AIP), outline treatment planning strategies, and provide strategies for overcoming blocks in processing.