Breaking Ground Seminar

CANCELED – Seminar will be rescheduled
Essential Clinical Elements for Working with Law Enforcement Officers

A Seminar for Mental Health Clinicians
Tuesday, October 6, 2015. 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
CEU’s will be available through the NASW-CT

$150 pre-paid. Lunch is included

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Essential Clinical Elements for Working with Law Enforcement Officers

Officer Hands on Face

Discover how to effectively treat law enforcement officers and their families. Hear personal stories and learn clinical essentials in treating this unique population. Find out about the fears law enforcement officers have in seeking treatment and how to relieve them.


  • Sgt. Nick Margiotta, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Coordinator, Phoenix AZ police
    department trains clinicians who work as members of this team to facilitate an in-depth
    understanding of police culture.
  • Trish Buchanan founded Believe 208 after her husband succumbed to his depression and
    died by suicide in 2013. Believe 208 hosts a 5K race every year to raise awareness and
    funds to develop resources to assist officers and families in need of support.
  • Phyllis Pavlik Spallone, LCSW, is a Specialist in Therapeutic Interventions for Public Safety
    Personnel. She has been providing mental health services to public safety personnel for over
    a decade. Her experience includes responding to needs of law enforcement during the
    Sandy Hook tragedy and other mass casualty events.
  • Louise Pyers, MS, is founder and executive director of CT Alliance to Benefit Law
    Enforcement (CABLE). CABLE has provided Crisis Intervention Team training to law
    enforcement agencies since 2003 and Peer Support Training to CT State Police and
    municipal agencies since 2007. Louise has also responded as a crisis clinician to critical
    incidents involving public safety personnel since 1999.
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