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Working with Public Safety Personnel

  • September 14, 2022
  • 9:30 AM
  • January 31, 2023
  • 10:00 PM
  • Virtual on zoom



This LIVE STREAM webinar has been approved for 1.5 CEUS by the Minnesota Boards of Behavioral Health and Therapy and Marriage and Family Therapy.  

If you watch this as a recording, please email info@mamft.net to receive your CEU certificate.  You must email the admin by 1/31/2023.  Any participants that email 2/1/23 or after will receive a Certificate of Attendance and you would be responsible for obtaining your own board approval.  Please note that board approval is not guaranteed after 2/1/23.

"Working with Public Safety Personnel" with Steve Wickelgren, MA, LMFT and Scott Marks, MSW, LGSW

Presenters' Bios:  Steve is the owner of LEAST Services/Counseling LLC, a counseling practice serving public safety personnel. He started his career in law enforcement in 1986 and retired in 2014. During his career with the Minneapolis Police Department, he was a use of force instructor where he trained other officers in a variety of use of force techniques starting in the early 90’s. Starting in 2001 Steve became the coordinator of the Minneapolis Police Department Employee Assistance Program. He earned a Master’s degree in counseling psychology and is a licensed therapist. In his practice with LEAST Services, he provides counseling, consulting, and training regarding working with public safety personnel. Steve uses CBT as well as Emotionally supported interventions for this heavily traumatized population. EMDR and ART are often utilized as well. He joined the Metro Critical Incident Stress Management Team in 2002. He started overseeing, training, and supervising the Minneapolis Police Peer Support Team members in 2005 until he retired in 2014. He also started training outside agencies at that time and has provided a two-day Peer Support Team training approved by the MN POST Board since that time. Steve was also the Clinical Director for MN CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) from 2006 until 2021. MN CIT is a nonprofit training organization that he co-founded in 2006.

Scott has been a licensed police officer in Minnesota for over twenty years. When not in uniform he provides individual therapy and couples counseling for law enforcement officers and their significant others for a variety of concerns. Communication problems, anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, coaching, at times we all need a little help navigating our lives. Scott believes in a strengths-based perspective using an eclectic mix of therapy drawing from Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, and ART to build resiliency and support with thoughtful interventions.

Workshop Description: Working with public safety personnel can be challenging. The basic personality of this population is much like that of mental health professionals in that we for some reason are driven to help others. They tend to only seek assistance once it has become a crisis. This workshop will discuss the does and don'ts of working with this population. It will be trauma focused and address not just a trauma like what the general population might seek services for, but the systemic trauma of working in a heavily laden trauma field.

Workshop Objectives: 

1. Learn about the personality traits of Public Safety workers and how these play into the therapeutic intervention

2. Learn of common errors made by mental health professionals with this population

3. Learn about the culture of public safety

4. Learn about legal concerns surrounding specifically the law enforcement profession that may play into therapy

5. Learn interventions preferred by clients in public safety

6. Learn/Discuss current trends in public safety treatment

*Please note that online registration will close on Monday October 3rd.  After that time, an increased walk-in registration fees will be assessed-$100 for Thursday only and $250 for Friday regardless of membership status so don't forget to register early!

*There will be a mother's room available for nursing mothers.  Please stop by the registration desk and we can give you the key.

*Please email Megan executivedirector@mamft.net if you have any other requests for any accommodations due to accessibility issues.

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