The Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP)

The Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (G-TEP) with the

Group Resource Enhancement Protocol

Important EMDR additions for your toolbox


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R-TEP – April 8, 2022
G-TEP – April 9, 2022

Times : All times reflect Eastern Daytime Time
8:30AM – Registration/Log on daily
9AM-4:30PM – Program each day


This training is a Live, Interactive Workshop held on the Zoom platform.
When the program is held in person,  workshops will be held in facilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For special accommodations please email Dr. Masciandaro.

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 these protocols. The R-TEP was developed in 2008 by Elan Shapiro and Brurit Laub. The G-TEP emerged as the need to scale -up to treat groups became clearer. 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 two 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 associated with the Center for Excellence in EMDR Therapy.

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 is a field work supervisor for the Graduate School Of Applied and Professional Psychology of Rutgers U.

Time Line and Learning Objectives:


9AM-10:30AM Background & Development

  1. Name 2 reasons for a different protocol for recent trauma.
  2. Identify 1 issue encountered with early EMDR intervention.
  3. Describe one challenge for the therapist with EEI.

10:30-10:45 BREAK
10:45-12:30 Key Procedures & Concepts

  1. Define episode narrative & how and when this is obtained.
  2. Explain how to obtain your targets for processing.
  3. Describe how targets are identified for the google search.
  4. Define focused processing.


12:30-1:30 LUNCH
1:30-4:15 The How of the RTEP

  1. Demonstrate the use of EMDr and EMD.
  2. Describe how to deal with stuck points.
  3. Define how the search for Points of Disturbance ends.
  4. State how to close a session & begin the next one.

3:30-3:45. Break

3:45-4:15 Con’t The How of the RTEP

4:15-4:30 Research

  1. Name a published research study utilizing RTEP.
  2. Cite one goal of EEI (Early EMDR Intervention).
  3. Name 1 assessment tool useful with traumatized clients.


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. Describe the steps in the GREP..
  2. Name important considerations for GTEP vs GREP..
  3. Discuss the adaptations for children and non-readers.

Course Overview

Each protocol offers new tools for your practice. R-TEP expands your ability to respond individually to a recent or extremely overwhelming, fragmented event as it unfolds. It is designed to meet the need for additional containment and safety. G-TEP can be used with an individual who is better able to process privately, using color/drawing as a means to express their emotions; or, with more than one person at the same time. They could be working on the same or a different target because they do not share their negative associations. This can be used with families too. GREP is for enhancing a individual or a group to connect to the recourses that are needed to cope in the present. This is particularly important under conditions of on-going trauma where there is little respite.


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.


One Day Either Program: $200.

Refresher (Please copy certificate from previous course.) $110.

Two Days

Registration $350.

Refresher (Please copy certificates from previous courses.) $225.

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, 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 EMDRIA credits and NJ SWs will be available following full attendance and submitting course evaluation.

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

Continuing Education

Each day has been approved for 6 EMDRIA CE credits. A total of 12 EMDRIA CEs for attendance at both days.

If you are a NJ SW and registering for both days:

The Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP) & The Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (G-TEP), Approval #201905-2026, 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: June 15, 2020 – August 31, 2022. Social workers will receive 12 clinical continuing education hours for participating in this course.

New Jersey social workers can also receive 6 Clinical CE credits for either day if registering for just one day.
The individual RTEP program carries approval number 203006-1814 for 6 Clinical CE credits from September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2022.
The individual GTEP program carries approval number 203006-1839 for 6 Clinical CE credits from September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2022.


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