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Considerations in Working with First Responders by Eva Tak, LMFT

  • Fri, January 15, 2021
  • 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  • ZOOM - Link to be sent week of workshop
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This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre-licensees by learning to understand the unique cultural issues experienced within the first responder community and increasing the clinician's ability to provide effective treatment. The civilian rarely understands the nuances of the work of first responders. This lack of knowledge often leads to mistrust, premature terminations, and unintended mistakes that could seriously injure the client or their career. This is a serious consideration with the high rate of suicide among law enforcement.

Workshop Information:

Studies have shown clinician and first responder therapeutic relationships have failed due to a lack of cultural competency on the part of the clinician. Exposure to multiple stressors in the course of work, along with past life stressors, can create clinical issues for first responders. Often these issues are a normal reaction to abnormal occurrences. It is important not to pathologize these reactions but to understand and guide the client toward healing.

In the book "Counseling Cops," the authors survey first responders about their experiences with clinicians. The majority reported negative interactions and premature termination. Multiple studies confirm these results. First responders tend to avoid vulnerability, especially law enforcement personnel who are taught to mistrust until they ascertain the environment to be safe. Attempting to build a rapport too quickly can harm the establishment of the relationship.

Without the competency of understanding the first responder environment, both in the field and within the agency, many inaccurate assumptions may be made to the detriment of the client. This presentation will provide you with information to assist you in building a productive and trusting relationship with their your responder client.

Schedule:
9:45am - 10:00am - Log in to the workshop - Housekeeping
10:00am - 11:00am - Lecture
11:00am - 11:10am - Group Discussion
11:10am - 12:00pm - Lecture
12:00pm - Workshop Ends

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, participants will be able to...

  • Specify 3 unique cultural issues of first-responders    
  • Name 4 types of trauma that affect first responders  
  • Identify 3 common mistakes clinicians make when working with first responders

Presenter Bio:

Eva Tak served twenty-one years with a Bay Area police department. She retired as a police lieutenant, serving in multiple capacities throughout the department. After retirement she completed her master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco. After licensing as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Eva opened her private practice, specializing in emergency responders/corrections and their significant others.

She served as a clinician and peer at the residential trauma treatment program West Coast Post Trauma Retreat, part of the First Responder Support Network. She has also served as the lead clinician for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, and contracted clinician/consultant for Sacramento Sheriff’s Office. Eva served on the Board of Directors for Sacramento Valley Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, holding the position as board president in 2013. She has worked with various Sacramento region law enforcement agencies and CHP, providing critical incident stress debriefings. Her current interests involve researching the historical systemic racism of BIPOC. She is currently co-editing a book of stories of under-represented law enforcement sworn personnel.


This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (SVC-CAMFT), provider #62279, is approved by CAMFT to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. SVC-CAMFT maintains the responsibility for the program and all its content.

CE Credit will be awarded via email after the completion of the course in exchange for a course evaluation. No CEUs will be awarded to persons arriving late or leaving early. Partial CE credit will not be awarded. 

This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre-licensees.

Registration Policy
Effective January 1, 2018 SVC-CAMFT event registration must be paid online except with prior approval.  Registration dates and fees may vary and are subject to change without notice.  Event discounts prices and discount periods may or may not be offered.  Event registration is deemed complete during the registration period in which registration payment is received.  Incomplete or unpaid registration will be cancelled and removed at the end of each registration period. 

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