ABPPSP: Working with Emergency Responders: What Every Clinician Needs to Know

Presented By Rhonda Kelly | Jaime Brower, PsyD, ABPP | Michael Pitrusu
Rhonda Kelly Jaime Brower, PsyD, ABPP Michael Pitrusu

10 hours | 10 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Working with Emergency Responders: What Every Clinician Needs to Know is presented by Jaime Brower, PsyD, Rhonda Kelley, and Sgt. Michael Pitrusu, in partnership with The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP).

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 daily that impact both their own and their family’s mental health. This program provides core knowledge for all mental health clinicians interested in, or who may be already, working with our emergency responders.

This program promotes cultural competence, provides knowledge regarding the ethical and legal concepts associated with working with these populations, defines core proficiencies and terminology, and enhances an overall understanding of how each clinician working with this population can do so effectively and competently.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will 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


Presented By

Rhonda Kelly

Rhonda Kelly 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 cha...

Presented By

Jaime Brower, PsyD, ABPP

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, milit...

Presented By

Michael Pitrusu

Mike Pitrusu is a sergeant with a major city agency of 746 sworn officers that provides comprehensive police services to a diverse city of 374,000 residents. He currently serves as the Executive Officer to the Chief of Police, where he supervises the department’s Employee Support and Wellness Unit (...


1. Introduction and Roles

2. Characteristics Developed

3. Culture

4. Statistics

5. Clinical Aspects

Develop a Specialty Area of Practice

Transforming mental health professionals into experts

Expert Instructors

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CE Credit

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Convenience & Flexibility

Learn at your own pace, from wherever you might be!

Program Partner

American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP)

We are proud to partner with The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP) for this training. ABPPSP became a fully affiliated specialty board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) on October 21, 2011. Police and Public Safety Psychology is concerned with assisting law enforcement and other public safety personnel and agencies in carrying out their missions and societal functions with optimal effectiveness, safety, health, and conformity to laws and ethics. It consists of the application of the science and profession of psychology in four primary domains of practice: assessment, clinical intervention, operational support, and organizational consultation.

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