Internet use of G-TEP with Individual Clients & Clinician Self Care

(Formerly called G-TEP RISC)

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8:30AM – Registration/Log on daily
9AM-4:30PM – Program each day
Registration/Log on 9AM-4:30PM

Program Platform:
Zoom Healthcare Platform – HIPAA compatible

Preparation: Participants are requested to read EMDRIA’s Guidelines for Virtual EMDR Therapy prior to the workshop. These guidelines will be reviewed at the outset of the training.

Attendees should have completed their basic training and be licensed psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, drug and alcohol counselors or other mental health professionals.

Training Level: Intermediate For questions about this program email:

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. Now, given the need for safe on-line administration, the power of the G-TEP has been harnessed within the RISC.

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 is a facilitator for the EMDR Institute, one of four NJ EMDR Network Coordinators, and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant. In addition, Dr. Masciandaro is an Approved Consultant with the American Academy of Clinical Hypnosis, a Past-President of the Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey and as a faculty member participates in CHSNJ sponsored trainings each year. She has been a field work supervisor for the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology of Rutgers U. She provides consultation to a variety of agencies offering services to traumatized individuals.


9AM-9:15 Review of EMDRIA guidelines for Virtual Therapy
9:15-9:45 Assessment of the participants’ experience with
early intervention protocols, presentation of salient ethical
guidelines for remote practice. Cautions about using with groups.
9:45-10:45 Overview of the setup; worksheet structure
Presenting the 8 steps
4 Elements exercise
10:45-11 BREAK
11-11:30 Introduction to EMDR Early Intervention
11:30-12:30PM Practice A: Large group exercise
12:30-1:30PM Lunch
1:30-3:30 Small group exercise (max. 4 members in each group)
Each participant rotates through the roles of
leader, assistant and client.
In first rotation one person is the leader, another
the assistant and the remaining two members are clients. After 30
minutes the leader and assistant switch. At the end of the first hour
the clients become the leader and assistant; the previous leader and
assistant are clients, and they repeat the sequence.
3:30-3:45 BREAK
3:45-4:30 Discussion of research, summary of advantages
Use with different populations e.g. first
responders, clinicians, etc

Course Overview

The GTEP-RISC is an adaptation of the standard GTEP protocol especially developed for COVID-19 and remote administration. It is crafted to be used for remote 1:1 work initially. An experienced clinician with additional support personnel, may use this protocol in a small group format.

The worksheet was modified with simplified language. In the modified format it can be printed on a home printer or it can be hand drawn by the client. Processing focuses on the current situation with the option of allowing additional (3-6) points of disturbance (PoDs). Once trained, clinicians can also use this for their own self-care.

It is important that the clinician be able to uphold all the ethical guidelines and standards for remote administration that would be applicable for in person administration. Clinicians must be familiar with the EMDRIA guidelines for Telehealth, in particular, the recommendation for a Telehealth course for any clinician working remotely. All clinicians must be familiar with the licensing laws for their profession in the state in which the client resides

Learning Objectives

  1. Name the main procedures of the GTEP-RISC.
  2. Describe how to instruct the client to assemble the worksheet.
  3. List the materials the client needs to assemble before beginning the exercise.
  4. Demonstrate how you ensure safety for the client during processing.
  5. Name two strategies to use when delivering the BLS.
  6. Describe a plan for dealing with dissociation of a client.
  7. Describe how to plan for safety for the client after the session ends.
  8. Summarize what the S-M-S tell you about the client.
  9. State how to complete the 4 elements exercise.
  10. Name the recommended group size if administering to a group.
  11. Describe what to do when SUDs is not reducing.
  12. Describe appropriate staffing measures when dealing with a group.
  13. List on which Steps do participants share their information with the group.
  14. Name two advantages of using the GTEP-RISC protocol.
  15. Relate what information should the client provide to the clinician before beginning the exercise.


To register for this program, fill out the form attached and email to Dr. Masciandaro at: An invoice will be emailed through Square after registration has been accepted. Payment may be made on-line or a check sent through the mail.

Cancellation Policy:

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

Continuing Education

This program has been approved for 6 CE credits by EMDRIA. This course, G-TEP for Remote Individual and Self Care, Approval #200107-1817, 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: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2022. New Jersey social workers will receive 6 Clinical CE credits for participating in this course.”

CE certificates are emailed following receipt of program evaluations.


$175. if registering up to two weeks early
$200. regular registration
Discounts available for individuals working full time at a non-profit agency.


All grievances should be submitted in writing to All other grievances will be responded to within 5-10 business days.

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