Understanding First Responders: Tools for Effective Evaluation and Treatment - January 23-24, 2019 - Mount Laurel, NJ

Understanding First Responders: Tools for Effective Evaluation and Treatment - January 23-24, 2019 - Mount Laurel, NJ


January 23-24, 2019 - Mount Laurel, NJ


First Responders (Police, Firefighters, EMS, Corrections, Dispatch, etc.) comprise a very unique sub-culture of our society.  The daily challenges faced by First Responders create an unimaginable amount of stress on their bodies, minds, and families.  These challenges also create an “Us vs. Them” mentality which is often seen as guarded or “closed” to conventional therapeutic practices. 

The traditional approaches to the treatment and evaluation can fall short when working with First Responders.  Attend this seminar to learn how you can adapt your therapeutic approach to help First Responders achieve more successful outcomes.

In this training, you will develop confidence in your ability to understand the different cultures of the First Responder world as well as understand how to develop rapport and trust. You will learn how to compassionately and effectively work with First Responders who have experienced multiple traumatic events and prolonged trauma exposure over a career riddled with critical incidents. 

Dates of Seminar

January 23-24, 2019 – 8 am to 4 pm


$299.00 per person, $349.00 per person after 1/15, $379.00 on the day with space permitting


Westin Mount Laurel
555 Fellowship Road, Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054


For hotel room reservations, please call (800) 937-8461. Special group rates apply under “The Trauma Survivors Foundation” until January 10th.

Successful treatment requires a compassionate therapeutic relationship and effective, research-based interventions. After this two-day workshop you will learn how to:

  • Differentiate the cultures associated with Police, Fire, and Emergency Medicine

  • Develop a rapport, mutual understanding, and trust with First Responders

  • Understand the myths associated with working with First Responders

  • Gain an appreciation and reverence for traditions in the different First Responder cultures

  • Understand and hopefully break the “wall of silence”

  • Develop an understanding of how to effectively create useful integrative trauma treatment plan

  • Develop an understanding of how to effectively counsel a First Responder through a Line of Duty Death


Target Audience

  • Counselors

  • Social Workers

  • Psychologists

  • Psychiatrists

  • Case Managers

  • Addiction Counselors

  • Marriage & Family Therapists

  • Mental Health Professionals

  • Nurses

  • Physicians




Dennis Carradin is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health, a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, and a Diplomate for the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. 

Currently, he is the Executive Director of New Perspectives, Inc., a private counseling agency in Delaware, and has served on the faculty of Penn State University, Brandywine Campus, for 15 years. He is a Vice President and Principal Consultant for SSC Consulting. Dennis is a trained trainer for Crisis Care Network and serves on three international trauma firms. 

Dennis is a former Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician and a former Emergency Medical Technician with the state of Delaware. He is a former volunteer Fire Fighter and serves as a LAST member for the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation in conjunction with the National Fire Academy. He is the clinical director and team coordinator of the New Castle County CISM team and serves as the State CISM Chairman for the Delaware Volunteer Fireman's Association. Dennis is the President elect and an active member of the Wilmington West Rotary Club. He is also listed in the National Center for Crisis Management’s directory of expert witnesses and premiere speakers bureau. 

He has attended Millersville University, Temple University and Walden University. Dennis has conducted numerous debriefings in domestic as well as international disasters, shootings, bombings, bank robberies, corporate incidents, school disasters, and Fire, EMS, Police tragedies.  He has responded to several national disasters including, but not limited to, the attacks on the WTC in NYC, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings, The Boston Marathon Bombings, the Navy Yard shootings, the Pulse Nightclub shootings, and the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. 



Harold is a 22-year veteran of the Wilmington Police Department in Delaware. He is a Lieutenant serving as a Platoon Commander in the Uniformed Services Division. He is also the Commander of the Wilmington Police Critical Incident Stress Management Team and its Crisis Intervention Team and is a Team Leader on the Crisis Management / Hostage Negotiations Team. He serves as the New Castle County Law Enforcement Coordinator and Team Leader for Delaware CISM. During his career, he has responded to more than 300 individual and group crisis calls for first responders. Harold holds a seat on the Board of Directors of The Trauma Survivors Foundation as well as on the Delaware affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  He is listed in the instructor directory for the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police for officer wellness and peer support curricula. Harold holds a certificate in specialized training in Law Enforcement CISM from The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He is a Certified Police Instructor and regularly delivers seminars on officer mental health and resiliency to the recruits of the Wilmington Police Academy and other agencies.  He has delivered training and instruction on stress management in critical incident response, peer support, and related issues on the local, state, and national level.



CE Credits

CE Credits are currently pending approval for this class and information will be provided once available.

This seminar consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the seminar and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

CE Credits are for full attendance at the two day seminar.  After attendance has been verified,  attendees will receive an email from The Trauma Survivors Foundation within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation. Once the seminar evaluation is completed, a second email will be sent containing the seminar certificate.  For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance will be emailed to you after the completion of the seminar evaluation.  For those in partial attendance, we will be unable to present a certificate to you.