Stepping up to RISC: The GTEP
for Remote Individual and Self

For EMDR therapists who have previously taken a full GTEP training (including a practicum). This is an On-Line Training.

Presented by: Maria G. Masciandaro, Psy. D.

Please Log On at 8:30AM to check your audio/video connections

This 2.5 hr program is developed for individuals who have previously taken a full GTEP training (including a practicum). The first hour focuses on the safeguards for ethical virtual delivery of therapy, whether using individual or group administration. Technology considerations including preparing for unintended disruptions of service delivery is emphasized. Knowledge of individual licensing board regulations, EMDRIA and APA’s guidelines for individual and group telehealth are emphasized.

The second hour focuses on the modifications of the standard GTEP protocol, including simplified language, modifications for different populations and expanded processing options. The modifications from in person service delivery for each phase of the process is covered from informed consent through followup.


8:30-9AM – Log on
9AM-9:20 – Review of EMDRIA’s Guidelines for Virtual Delivery of EMDR Therapy.
9:20-9:30 – Additional considerations offered by the EMDR Association of the UK.
9:30-9:35 – NJ Division of Consumer Affairs FAQ about Telehealth.
9:35-9:45 – APA’s guidelines on group therapy using telehealth.
9:45-10 – Developing necessary information for clients: informed consent, etc.
10-10:20 – RISC & GTEP: Similarities to standard set up and administration.
10:20-10:40 – Modifications and enhancements for focused processing.
10:40-10:50 – Dealing with a dysregulated client in an on-line group, & other unanticipated issues.
10:50-11:20 – Putting it all together, making a plan
11:20-11:30 – Wrap up and summary

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. 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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe one challenge to ethical integrity of on-line work and how to address it.
  2. Name one way to address the preparation required for virtual service delivery.
  3. Articulate the elements to be included in a safety plan for a client.
  4. State your licensing board’s requirement for interstate practice.
  5. Name two bodies each practitioner must consult to ensure their telehealth practice is ethical & legal.
  6. Describe how to staff a group therapy when you have more than 2 participants.
  7. Explain the role of the support person in RISC.
  8. Name two concepts covered in the informed consent for on-line services.
  9. Describe how to orient the worksheet on-line.
  10. State the instructions given at the end of the group administration.


To register for this program, fill out the form attached and email toDr. Masciandaro at: Aninvoice will bee mailed 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 5 days before the workshop will receive a $25. refund.

Continuing Education

This program has been approved for 2.5CE credits by EMDRIA.

“This course, Stepping Up to RISC, Approval #200107-1916, 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 2.5 Clinical CE credits for participating in this course.”

CE certificates are emailed following receipt of program evaluations.


$100. if registering up to two weeks early
$120. 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.