Session 212: Delivery of EMDR in a Metropolitan Police Department: A Pilot Program

Sunday, September 27th


About the Session

Session Description:

There is currently an urgent situation within our nation’s police force: police officers are suffering increased psychological symptoms and sometimes suicidal risk. At the same time, there is a rising public outcry against police ‘excessive use of force’, or ‘police brutality‘. Recent groundbreaking research in neurobiology illuminates the root cause of this crisis. This innovative pilot program leverages these neurological findings to offer a treatment specifically designed to respond to the unique characteristics of this population. This pilot program is designed to provide unprecedented widespread access to treatment within the police department that is actually in accordance with police culture.

Learning Objective 1

Participants will be able to describe 3 general areas in which there are problems currently within the profession of policing.

Learning Objective 2

Participants will be able to list 3 conclusions from the new neurobiological research that is highly relevant to the field of policing.

Learning Objective 3

Participants will be able to list 3 police officer characteristics that can be used to leverage this treatment successfully.

Learning Objective 4

Participants will be able to describe 4 concrete structural features of a pilot program that can implement these factors.

Learning Objective 5

Participants will be able to discuss 4 of the major observed responses from officers and from EMDR therapists involved in the project as an indicator of qualitative feedback on the impact of central features of the pilot project.

CEs Available: 1.5


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