Breaking Ground – Essential Clinical Elements for Working with Law Enforcement Officers and Their Families

2017 Dates TBD

$158.49 pp Lunch is included

Continuing education credits will be available through the NASW-CT

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Breaking Ground

Essential Clinical Elements for Working with Law Enforcement Officers and their Families

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.


  • Lt. Ray Hassett. Retired, New Haven Police Department. Lt. Hassett is a 25 year veteran of the New Haven Police Department where he worked in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods. He currently teaches Hostage Negotiations in foreign countries for the U.S. State Department and is the lead facilitator for Crisis Intervention Team Training for Law Enforcement.
  • 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. Phyllis 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.
  • Madelon Baranoski, Ph.D. is Associate Professor, Yale School of Medicine, Law and Psychiatry Division. Madelon has worked with police in many capacities as a forensic psychologist and evaluator. She has performed extensive research in the area of trauma and vicarious trauma with veterans, children and other special populations.