Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (G-TEP)


October 9, 2021


The Group Traumatic Episode Protocol was developed to harness the power of the R-TEP while extending it to work with more than one person at time.

During COVID it proved even more valuable to aid 1:1 work by allowing clients to work remotely guided by their clinician when words were inaccessible to describe their emotions.



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8:30AM-9AM  Log on if on-line to check settings. If in person, registration is open.

9AM-10:30AM. Applying R-TEP for groups

  1. List one challenge faced adapting R-TEP for groups.
  2. Identify the materials necessary for a G-TEP session.
  3. Describe the important staffing considerations.
  4. State the 6 + 2 steps.


10:30-10:45 BREAK
10:45-12:30 Practice A procedures with worksheet

  1. Explain two uses for the Step 1 exercise.
  2. Recite the steps that encourage group sharing.
  3. Describe how do you determine the length of sets.
  4. Explain how to determine when to check in.

12:30-1:30 LUNCH
1:30-4:15 Practice B

  1. Give an example of an introduction to begin the exercise.
  2. Describe what to do if SUDs are not reducing.
  3. Explain the options for Follow-Up in G-TEP.

4:15-4:30 Research

  1. Name 1 published G-TEP study.
  2. Tell 1advantage of G-TEP.
  3. Discuss the adaptations for children and non-readers.


About the Presenter:

Since 2010 Dr. Masciandaro has been utilizing the early intervention protocols developed by Elan Shapiro. First R-TEP developed with Brurit Laub, and then G-TEP.  Dr. Masciandaro is a licensed psychologist and has been a volunteer for Trauma Recovery HAP since 9/11. She has been a TRN Coordinator, facilitator for basic training, and trainer-of-trainers to expand the dissemination of these early intervention protocols. Her volunteer mission has taken her across the US from Alaska to Florida. On a local level she has been a facilitator for the EMDR Institute, one of four NJ EMDR Network Coordinators, and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant. She is currently affiliated with the Center for Excellence in EMDR Therapy.


To register for this program, fill out the form attached and email to Dr. Masciandaro at: Payment may be made on-line or a check sent through the mail.


Regular registration: $200.    Early registration 2 weeks before: $175.         Refresher (Please copy certificate from previous course.) $110.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations emailed up to 14 days before the workshop will receive a refund less a $50. fee.

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, if virtual, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates for all others except NJ SWs will be available following course completion at …..

Disability Access – If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

There is no conflict of Interest or commercial support for this program.

Continuing Education

This program has been approved for 6 CE credits by EMDRIA. This course,  The Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (G-TEP), Approval #203006-1839, provided by Maria G. Masciandaro.PsyD is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2022. Social workers will receive 6 clinical continuing education hours for participating in this course.


All grievances should be submitted in writing to Grievances will be responded to within 5-10 business days.There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.