August 24-25, 2019

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m


EMDR Therapy for Clinicians working with First Responders 

& Public Safety Personnel including the Military, Veterans & Law Enforcement

Local Sponsor: Tapia Counseling and Psychological Services, INC

EMDRIA EC Provider #: 15008
Phone: 480-753-1655
14 EMDRIA credits

Price: $295 for those that register early (before 7/15/19) and $315 thereafter

This workshop is limited to 50 participants – early registration is advised!

Workshop Overview

This workshop will focus on basic and advanced skills in adhering to the EMDR protocol 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 EMDR 8 phase protocol. This interactive workshop includes videos, and didactic material, to deepen participants’ understanding of how to implement EMDR and enhance their skills in working with first responders.

Workshop Details

  • Full Completion of an EMDRIA Approved Basic EMDR Training is required.

  • Current research is limited to application of EMDR to trauma-related disorders.

  • This workshop is held in facilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please notify the local sponsor if special accommodations are needed.

  • Attendance at the full day training is required in order to receive CEs. No partial credit will be given.

  • Continuing Education:

    • Handouts will be provided that will include the abstract, outline content, and Learning Objectives for use in license renewal.

    • EMDRIA: 14 continuing education credits approved for those who have completed an EMDRIA-approved Basic Training program.  EMDRIA credits are available.

  • Cancellation policy: Registration fees, less a $50 processing fee, are refundable if requested
    before 07/15/19.

Licensed Psychologist
National Register Health Psychologist

EMDRIA-Approved Consultant
EMDRIA Approved Training Provider

Dr. Adler-Tapia, is a license psychologist who was previously a firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT). Currently Dr. Adler-Tapia is an Employee Assistance Provider for law enforcement, firefighters and first responders. She is a team member for the National Fallen Firefighters’, Taking Care of Our Own Program. She is the Mental Health Consultant for PISTLE (Post Incident Stress and Trauma in Law Enforcement).


As a national & international speaker, she has presented for the National Fallen Firefighters’ Foundation, Arizona Women in Policing, PISTLE, EMDRIA conferences, the ISST-D Conference, and the Rady Chadwick International Child & Family Maltreatment Conference. On a volunteer basis, Dr. Adler-Tapia hosts a group for officers involved in shootings.

Workshop Objectives

  • Define AIP Theory specifically as it applies to working with emergency responders

  • Identify at least 3 assessment tools forevaluating trauma in emergency responders exposed to line of duty and vicarious traumatization

  • Describe ethical, legal, and forensic issues unique to this population

  • Define trauma and diagnostic issues with PTSD.

  • List symptoms of trauma in emergency responders

  • List 5 treatment tools to employ with emergency responders exhibiting symptoms of trauma

  • 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 using the “Parade of Faces” metaphor

  • Identify and formulate useful cultural and religious interventions & interweaves as tools

  • Therapists will recognize the need to work though cultural and religious paradigms to assist first responders who are regularly exposed to traumatic grief and loss to come to an adaptive resolution for each call.

  • Apply the EMDR Reverse Protocol with First Responders

  • Effectively implement the EMDR CrisisResponse Protocol with Emergency Responders