First responder stress & EMDR therapy


Emergency Services Personnel, come in a variety of job titles; Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, 911 Telecommunicators, emergency room staff, military and social workers. There are similarities and differences within this ‘rescue personality.’ Understanding these factors, the clinician is better able to establish rapport and credibility. First responders have tended to be resistance in seeking help due to a perception of ‘weakness.’ Practical approaches of ‘how-to’ explain EMDR therapy will be provided. How PTSD manifests itself will be described, including the influence of chronic sleep disruption. The presenters have extensive experience with this population and will discuss case examples utilizing the standard EMDR protocol.






Robbie Adler-Tapia
Catherine Butler
Sara Gilman
Karen Lansing

Original Work Citation

Adler-Tapia, R., Butler, C., Gilman, S., & Lansing, K. (2015, August). First responder stress & EMDR therapy. Presentation at the 20th EMDR International Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA



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