Working with First Responders: What Every Clinician Needs to Know | June 20, 2019


$300.00 $250.00

7 Hours | 7 CEs (CEUs)

Early registration rate available until June 1, 2019

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

8:30am – 4:30pm

Palo Alto University
5150 El Camino Real
Los Altos, CA 94022

SKU: 93554 Category:

Program Description

This in-person workshop on Working with First Responders: What Every Clinician Needs to Know is presented by Drs. Jaime Brower, Rhonda Kelley, and Michael Pitrusu.

Our emergency responders make up an ever-growing group of law enforcement, firefighters, dispatch, emergency medical professionals, corrections/detentions, victim advocates, and others. This group is faced with unique challenges on a daily basis that impact both their own and their family’s mental health. This workshop will provide core knowledge for all mental health clinicians who have interest in, or who may be already, working with our emergency responders.

This workshop will promote cultural competence, will provide knowledge regarding the ethical and legal concepts associated with working these populations, will define core proficiencies and terminology, as well as enhance an overall understanding of how each clinician working with this population can do so effectively and competently.

Wanna join but can’t get to Palo Alto?

If you would like to ‘attend’ this workshop but cannot travel to Palo Alto  – consider virtual attendance. This year we are pleased to offer virtual attendance at our summer workshops via ZOOM. Attend from the comfort of your own computer, laptop, tablet, or phone. Virtual attendees will be emailed all the details to connect via ZOOM and will be sent electronic copies of all materials. Since you won’t be joining us in person (missing out on hard copies, coffee, snacks, and fun swag 🙂 please use promo code ZOOM at registration for a $50 reduction in registration rate. We look forward to having you join us either in person or virtually!

Intended Audience

This workshop is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the unique challenges faced by emergency responders
  • Describe how emergency services can have impacts on both responders and their families
  • Describe emergency responder cultural milieu
  • Describe the various core proficiencies each clinician may work within, while understanding limitations of such work and when to refer
  • Describe several guidelines and resources for competent and proficient practice with emergency responders

About Dr. Jaime Brower

Dr. Jaime Brower is a licensed clinical psychologist working out of Denver, Colorado. She is American Board Certified as a specialist in the area of Police & Public Safety Psychology. Dr. Brower has devoted her career to working with those in law enforcement, corrections, detentions, fire, military, and other high stress occupations, as well as ensuring the health and wellbeing of their family members. She further specializes in risk and threat assessment, school violence and hostile workplace investigations. Dr. Brower is particularly passionate about training and consulting with agencies regarding best practices for enhancing resiliency and wellness.

About Rhonda Kelly

Rhonda draws on personal experience in her focus on mental health support for people in team-based work in extreme environments. She was a firefighter/paramedic for 17 years in Aurora, CO. She served for five years as the department’s Health and Safety Officer, working to implement culture change that would prioritize overall wellness and destigmatize mental health support. It was in that role that she co-founded the state-wide Responder Strong project and eventually joined NMHIC. Previously, Rhonda was a technician supporting various international projects aboard oceanographic research vessels. She then transitioned to the U.S. Antarctic Program as a crew member aboard icebreakers. Rhonda has degrees in nursing and physics, with advanced studies in physical oceanography and clinical mental health counseling.

About Mike Pitrusu

Sergeant Mike Pitrusu is currently the Executive Officer to the Chief of Police at the Aurora Police Department. Mike was formally the Sergeant of the Employee Support and Wellness unit and SWAT team.

Workshop Outline

This workshop will focus on:

– cultural competence
– ethical and legal concepts
– core proficiencies and terminology

Continuing Education Credit

This workshop is an In-Person Professional Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete a workshop evaluation for this In-Person Professional Training Program. Participants will earn 7 CE hours for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be given their workshop evaluation upon completion of the workshop.

Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. This self-paced course has been approved by the Judicial Council of California that qualifies for continuing education credit. Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rules 5.225(d)(1)-(21), the outline or agenda submitted satisfies the requirements of the rule for 7 hours toward initial 40 hours Evaluator training, and annual 8 hours of Evaluator continuing education.Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

For in-person workshops we offer a 50% refund up until 2 weeks out from the start date of each workshop. There are no refunds within 2 weeks but will accommodate with access to the online program.​

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