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Treating the “fully involved” First Responder

  • October 08, 2020
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting

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RRC-CAMFT October Monthly Meeting Via Zoom

Treating the “fully involved” First Responder

Melissa Freitas, LMFT & Jeremy Hord, Sacramento Metro Fire Dept.

 (full bio below zoom link)


  1. Understand the culture of first responders and its impact on their relationships, themselves and treatment. 

  2. Know resources for first responders and their family members to refer to for support. 

  3. Determine if first responders are a good fit for you by examining your own bias and beliefs. 

  4. Increase knowledge of slang, terms and acronyms used by first responders. 

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Photo of Melissa Freitas, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Rocklin

Melissa Freitas, LMFT

Melissa Freitas is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Northern California who works in private practice in Rocklin. She’s a Clinical Supervisor for the after hours crisis teams that provide crisis response service to Sutter Roseville and Auburn Faith’s emergency room. She served as a crisis therapist for Cal-Fire during the Camp Fire and the Kincade Fire in (2018-2019.)  When not working, she likes to volunteer her time at First Responder Support Network in Angwin, CA.

Melissa specialization in working with first responders after critical incidents, and treating those with symptoms of a Post Trauma Stress Injury.  Her work helps first responders  take control over their lives and either return to work with a new perspective on stress and coping, or transition their lives in a  more appropriate direction.  She collaborates with various local fire and police departments to provide critical incident stress debriefings, and defusing’s. 

Melissa has a MA in Counseling Psychology (2012), and a BS in Criminal Justice (2008). Melissa is certified in EMDR and Brainspotting. She is also trained in the Mitchell Model for CISDs. She travels to most work assignments with her  7-year-old Standard Poodle, Russell, who works to support those in and outside of the office to feel safe and supported in times of crisis. 

Jeremy Hord,  Sacramento Metro Fire Dept.

Jeremy Hord is a Captain with Sacramento Metro Fire Department. He has worked for Metro Fire for 19 years. Jeremy has served in a wide variety of positions ranging from firefighter, engineer, and captain. He has additional experience in working with hazardous materials, large scale wildland fires and supporting new recruits in the academy.  Jeremy holds an AS in Mathematics (1999), AS in Fire Science (2015), BS in Fire Administration (2018).  During his time with Metro, Jeremy found a passion in teaching and advocating for the mental health of his colleague’s. In 2019, Jeremy began a Master’s Counseling Program at USF to better support his brothers and sisters in the fire service. He plans to bring his personal experiences, understanding of the culture, and therapeutic knowledge to his future therapy practice.  

Jeremy spends his personal time training his service dog Cash at 4Paws2Freedom. Jeremy believes that service animals can be an important tool in helping others with PTSI regain control of their lives. He currently works with National Institute of Canine Service and Training (NICST) to bring deeper awareness and understanding to how service dogs can meet the on-going needs of first responders

1 CE Provided for Members

*AEI (Advanced Education Institute) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6657. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. AEI is solely responsible for all aspects of the program(s).

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