of The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Topic: Working with Emergency Responders’ Families: Steps in developing cultural competencyPresenter: Eva Tak, LMFT and and Jennifer Alexander, LMFT Date: Friday, May 07, 2021Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00PMLocation: Zoom
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This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre licensees by developing knowledge of the particular nuances of living with and loving an emergency responder. This knowledge will limit stereotypes and correct some of the myths involving the families of emergency responders.
This course will provide a window into the lives of the families of law enforcement and firefighters. This population is at risk of dealing with a loved one whose profession can bring a great amount of stress into the home. The stressors may present as PTSI, substance abuse, dysfunctional coping strategies, potential public judgment and numerous others. By developing greater awareness of treatment issues that are relevant in working with the spouses/significant others and the children of emergency responders, it will limit stereotypes and correct some of the myths involving the families of emergency responders. The participants will be able to learn strategies to help the spouse/significant other manage the stressors of living with an emergency responder – work schedule, defining roles and duties of the household, boundaries, and intimacy.
1. Name at least three strategies to help the spouse/significant other manage the stressors of living with an emergency responder – work schedule, defining roles and duties of the household, boundaries, and intimacy.
2. Ability to name three resources and how to access them.
3. Identify at least two ways children of emergency responders are impacted by their parent’s employment.
Jennifer Alexander is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of trauma and addictions with an emphasis on difficult to engage populations such as first responders, military personnel and adolescents. As a former firefighter/paramedic Jennifer is passionate about serving first responders, military veterans and their families. Formerly married to a firefighter for 21 years, while raising children, Jennifer understands the complexities of these populations firsthand and the need for effective therapeutic support combined with the importance of cultural competency. Jennifer is a certified Brainspotting therapist and consultant.
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 Posttrauma 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.
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