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Using EMDR for First Responders and Community Disasters: A Metro TRN Membership Drive

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Using EMDR for First Responders and Community Disasters: A Metro TRN Membership Drive
Using EMDR for First Responders and Community Disasters: A Metro TRN Membership Drive

Time & Location

Mar 24, 2023, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Kansas City, Visions Building, 6320 Manchester Ave, Kansas City, MO 64133, USA

About the event

Using EMDR for First Responders and Community Disasters: A Metro TRN Membership Drive 

Friday, March 24, 2023 

Cost: $25


Visions Building/Gladden Hall 

6320 Manchester Ave 

Kansas City, MO 64133


Major Jeff Bragg

Sheena Kirkendoll, LSCSW, LCAC, CRAADC, SAP, LCSW

Jessica Willemsen, MSW, LSCSW, LMAC, LCSW

Learning Objectives

“Clinicians working with first responders,” Major Jeff Bragg

1. Identify the severity of the problem

2. Become familiar with culture of first responders

3. Identify how being a first responder impacts the family unit

4. Distinguish between PTSD/PTSI and cumulative stress/ERES

5. Identify how department betrayal impacts first responders and PTS

“EMDR Therapy with First Responders,” Sheena Kirkendoll, LSCSW, LCAC, CRAADC, SAP, LCSW

1. Define 4 common types of first responders and describe various roles and jobs of each type

2. Gain knowledge of first responder culture and how to effectively apply this knowledge to clinical


3. Define professional trauma and identify three common psychological defense mechanisms

4. Learn to assess and identify first responder traumatic exposures, symptoms, and behaviors.

5. Learn how to assess, set up, and conduct a first responder specific session using EMDr.

“TRN Presentation,” Dusti Powell, LCMFT, RPT & Timothy Mathia, LPC, NCC

“Natural and Man-Made Disasters,” Jessica Willemsen, LSCSW, LMAC, LCSW, LICSW

1. Define what a disaster is, characteristics, and types. Learn about resilience as an outcome of

disaster. Learn about resilience and post-disaster outcomes

2. Learn the phase of disaster response within a community and common disaster reactions

3. Learn how to assess common emotional reactions to disaster. Learn the PsySTART color system.

Apply EMDR to disaster treatment.



  8:00-8:30    Registration & Networking

  8:30-10:00  Presentation: Jeff Bragg

10:00-10:15  Break

10:15-12:15   Presentation: Sheena Kirkendoll 

12:15-1:45     Lunch 

   1:45-2:15    TRN presentation: KS and MO  

  2:15-2:30     Break   

  2:30-4:30    Presentation: Jessica Willemsen 

  4:30-5:00   Closing, questions, etc.

REGISTRATION FEES: (Fee includes EMDRIA Credits) 

$25 Fee by March 20, 2023 

Registration closes on March 20, 2023

Workshop handouts will be emailed to paid registrants prior to the training. On-site printing and copying will not be available.

This workshop is approved for 4 EMDRIA credit hours. This is an EMDRIA approved training, you must be fully trained in EMDR to use these credits.

Full/Basic Training Required: This program is open to clinicians who have completed Full EMDR Training.

Upon registering attendee agrees to not make any type of electronic recording (e.g., audio, video) of the workshop or share workshop materials with any other person.


Your registration fee less a $5 fee will be refunded to you if requested by 12:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 19th. No refunds, cancellations or person to person transfers will be made after March 20, 2023. Registrants who partially attend the workshop or do not complete the training will not receive a refund. Cancellation requests must be made by sending an email to


Please submit any grievance in writing to, and all will be replied to within 5 business days.


Visions Building/Gladden Hall training facilities which are handicap accessible and ADA compliant. Please contact no later than March 13, 2023, if special accommodations are required.


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