What is a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing? CISD was developed in 1974 for use with small groups of paramedics, firefighters, and law enforcement officers who were distressed by an exposure to some particularly gruesome event. CISD aims to build resiliency, enhance resistance to stress reactions, facilitate recovery, and give those the ability to " and give those participants the ability to incorporate their natural built in resilience to effectively cope and emotionally grow from a traumatic experience.

What is a Diffusing? Unlike a CISD, a diffusing is  more simple and less reserved. It often takes place within 24-hours after an incident, at the First Responder’s base. Although a Diffusing has an educational piece attached to the peer support interaction, it also involves the opportunity to let those affected by a traumatic call or incident, know that they are supported; a Diffusing also gives them an opening for the First Responders to share some initial thoughts about their experience in a confidential manner, with those directly involved with the incident. This, in itself, can assist those individuals move towards recovery.  


What is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing?

According to EMDR international Association, EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. It was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the 1980’s and has continued to develop and expand its reach to cover conditions such as; Panic attacks, complicated grief, dissociative disorder, disturbing memories, phobias, pain disorders, performance anxiety, stress reduction addictions, sexual and/or physical abuse, body dimorphic disorders and personality disorders and others. 

Contact Us

Debriefing and/or Regional Peer Support Team Response

For additional needs:

Please call 970-217-8555. 

We will assist your department any way that we can.

Emergency Responder Trauma Counselors


EMDR Video

A simple video of how EMDR works.


Volunteer FireFighter Alliance

Suicide Prevention LifeLine

Code Green Campaign

National Volunteer Fire Council

Text "BADGE" to 741741 for confidential texting to culturally competent Clinicians.

Wellington Veterinary Hospital

A Safe Place To Stay....

The Wellington Veterinary Hospital (WVH) has teamed up with Emergency Responder Trauma Counselors in an extremely important manner. This amazing group of Doctor's have agreed to board any First Responder's Pet, at NO cost, while the First Responder seeks Mental Health In-Patient Patient Treatment.

Having a safe place to stay for the First Responder's beloved pet often mean the difference between agreeing to a 10-30 mental health treatment plan or going without and suffering either in silence or possibly end a their own lives.

Emergency Responder Trauma Counselors thanks the Wellington Veterinary Hospital for their on-going dedication and support of First Responders.

Should a First Responder Need This Service....

Please contact Ed Rupert, MA PHdC at 970-222-6668 or Joanne Rupert, MA, LPC at 970-217-8555 for facilitation of this need.