Front Line to Home Front 2018: Transforming Trauma

Transforming Trauma

Join us for a full-day transformative laboratory for achieving optimal performance, resilience, and wellness. This free event is for veterans and their families as well as firefighters, police officers, therapists, and anyone who works in or with active trauma situations.

Featured Speakers

MAJ (Ret.) Josh Manta

Best-selling author and CEO of Darker Souls, is a West Point graduate and recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor. He was killed and miraculously revived after sustaining a fatal gunshot wound in Baghdad in 2007, but came to learn that his greatest battle would be an internal one. The paradoxes of trauma emerged in unimaginable ways as he fought through the shadows of shame, guilt, and betrayal. He’s since been on a decade long quest to uncover the truth behind trauma and is here to share his powerful insights with you.

Greg Amundson

Best-selling author and CrossFit’s “original Firebreather” Athlete, is among the nation’s forefront authorities on self-leadership and integrated wellness practices. As a former DEA Special Agent, SWAT Operator, Army Captain, Kokoro Yoga Instructor, and Krav Maga Instructor, Greg will help you internalize disciplined practices that are central to the warrior professions. His integration of the Mind, Body, and Spirit offers an irreplaceable perspective to keep you thriving in all aspects of your life.

Front Line to Home Front is the annual summit hosted by the VALOR Center at John F. Kennedy University.  This day-long workshop is designed to provide resources to service members, their families and the community at large.


Check in and breakfast available
Introduction and Thanks to Sponsors
Thomas Gallinatti- CEO of Police and Fire: The Fallen Heroes
Daniel Rodriguez, Retired NYPD, 9/11 Survivor and Famed Tenor Singing
Overview of learning objectives
Overview of topics of the day
Josh Mantz
CEO of Darker Souls
The truth behind trauma
The Body: From trauma to transformation
Overview of physiological responses to life-threatening situations
Leveraging cultural competence to reduce stigma and enhance the therapeutic relationship
5 minute stretch for guests
Greg Admundson
Best-Selling Author and CrossFit’s “Original Firebreather”
Optimal Performance and overcoming adversity
Use of Crossfit and fitness in recovery of PTSD
Lunch served
Josh Mantz-CEO of Darker Souls
The Mind: From Trauma to Transformation
Overview of paradoxical challenges within the Modern Operating Environment
Overview of guilt determinants, factors that increase magnitude and guilt cognitions
Greg Admundson-Best Selling Author and CrossFit’s “Original Firebreather”
The Spirit: From Trauma to Transformation
Overview of spiritual implications of traumatic experiences
Self-leadership as it pertains to trauma, transformation and wellness
Panel of Experts in Trauma Recovery
Noelle Morra, VALOR Center Coordinator at JFK University and Air Force veteran
Josh Mantz, CEO of Darker Souls
Greg Admundson, Original "Firebreather"
Dr. Shauna Springer, Originator of "Warrior Code"
Mike Wells, Current PsyD student and Army veteran
Daniel Rodriguez, America's Beloved Tenor
The Transformation and Conclusion
Daniel Rodriguez, “God Bless America”
Resources for participants
Follow up information
** Guests will be given a 3X5 card on each table. Participants can write down questions and a runner will pick them at the 3:00pm break.
** Please include survey in program to get feedback on event
Agenda is subject to change.


Treatment Strategies for Returning Troops


All Continuing Education Certificate courses may be taken as either certificate courses or as stand-alone Continuing Education courses. Prerequisites must be observed.

Since 9/11, approximately 2.1 million troops have served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND). California has one of the highest numbers of deployed, wounded, and seriously wounded service members. 30,000 service members come back to California yearly – more than the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can adequately serve. A RAND Corporation report in 2008 estimated that 300,000 vets suffer from PTSD, anxiety or major depressive symptoms. An additional 320,000 may have experienced a traumatic brain injury. Experts estimate that it usually takes about a year to re-stabilize after coming back but one’s family can be deeply impacted in that time.

This new certificate program is designed to provide mental health providers, family members, educators, school counselors, VA program staff at colleges and universities, and advocates at the many organizations who serve our veterans with the information and skills they need to address the pertinent issues affecting our returning troops. Taught by experts from the VA and the National Center for PTSD, the curriculum includes the latest empirically-supported treatment methods endorsed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Certificate requirements: A minimum of 50 hours is required. This includes three core courses, one treatment method, and at least three electives. Additional treatment methods may be taken as electives. New electives will be available in each catalog and different core courses are offered throughout the year.

Core Courses

  • Exploring the Psychological Impact of War and its Unique Treatment Considerations
  • Integrated Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT): An Effective, Evidence-Based Therapy for OEF/OIF Veterans and their Partners
  • The Difficult Journey Home: Promoting Resilience in Families during and after Deployment

Treatment Methods (choose one)*

Each participant must complete the full training in one of the following treatment methods:

(Treatment methods A & B are no longer being offered at this time)

  1. PTSD and Substance Abuse in Veterans – Seeking Safety: Overview and Implementation
  2. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – Part I and Part II plus Consultation

*Additional treatment method courses may be taken as electives. New electives will be available in each catalog. Treatment Methods are offered throughout the year.

Discount Available! Enroll in three classes in this series at one time and receive 10 percent off each class.

Course Completion Time Limit

You will have 90 days to complete the online course from the date of registration. You may request 30 day extensions for a fee of $35. Download the Extension Request Form from the right sidebar and mail or fax it to our office or call us at 800.557.1384. Extensions take a few days to process. An email will be sent to you when the extension access has been granted.

Certificate Series Enrollment

The certificate program enrollment fee is $35. Please submit a Certificate Program Enrollment form on or before registering for your third course in the series. You will have three years to complete your course work from the date of your enrollment. Click here to submit your Certificate Program Enrollment online or use the downloadable enrollment form available under “Related Downloads” on the right side of this page.

Certificate Series Completion

After you have completed the all the courses needed to fulfill the certificate requirements, please complete and submit a Certificate Verification form, available under “Related Downloads” on the right side of this page or send an email to Please allow six weeks for your course work to be reviewed and a certificate to be issued to you.

Frequently Asked Questions are available under “Related Downloads” on the right side of this page.

College of Psychology

Alison Pope-Rhodius, PhD, CMPC, Faculty Fellow


Dr Pope-Rhodius is the Chair of the Sport Psychology Program and has been at JFK University since 2000. She is one of the AASP-certified (CMPC) supervisors for the interns’ fieldwork experiences and is a member of the Sport Psychology Registry of the United States Olympic Committee. She regularly presents at conferences and has written for several sport psychology texts. She has also co-edited a book written by all JFKU-affiliated authors based on the program at JFKU. “Excelling in Sport Psychology: Planning, Preparing and Executing Applied Work” was published by Routledge in 2018. Dr Pope-Rhodius is also the host of the first sport psychology podcast called Wee Chats with Brilliant People. She has her own small private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area working with athletes and coaches from all sports. She specializes in understanding elite individual performance needs, and her work has taken her to the Olympics.


  • Sport Psychology
  • PSP5800A (Sport Psychology A)
  • PSP5280 (Group Supervision)

Selected Publications

Pope-Rhodius, A., Robinson, S. & Fitzpatrick, S. (2018). Pursuing Applied Work: Are You Ready? In A. Rhodius, S Robinson, S. Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Excelling in Sport Psychology: Planning, Preparing, and Executing Applied Work, (pp.1-9). New York, NY: Routledge.

Pope-Rhodius, A. & Howard, M. (2018). Working with your Supervisor: What, You Have Another Relationship to Think About? In A. Pope-Rhodius, S. Robinson, S.J. Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Excelling in Sport Psychology: Planning, Preparing, and Executing Applied Work (pp.60-74). New York, NY: Routledge.

Pope-Rhodius, A., Robinson, S., Fitzpatrick, S. (Eds.) (2018). Excelling in Sport Psychology: Planning, Preparing, and Executing Applied Work. New York, NY: Routledge.

Carlson, E. & Rhodius, A. (2014). Do You Need Help? Build Your Support Team and Alliances. In J. Taylor (Ed.), Practice Development in Sport and Performance Psychology, pp. 125-140. Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.

Casuga, S. Vogel, E., & Pope-Rhodius (2017). A qualitative content analysis of the Bahala na attitude in Filipino elite athletes. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 48, 419-434. doi: 10.7352/IJSP 2017.48.419.

Ingels, J., Fitzpatrick, S. & Rhodius, A. (2016). A novel approach to investigating basketball experts’ perceptions of the hot hand. Journal of Sport Behavior, 39(2), 160.

Kurimay, D., Pope-Rhodius, A. & Kondric, M. (2017). The relationship between stress and coping in table tennis. Journal of Human Kinetics, 55, 75-81. doi: 10.1515.hukin-2017-0007.

Pope-Rhodius, A.J. (2000). Exploring the role of the sport psychologist: Athletes’ and practitioners’ reflections on applied experience and competencies. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

Pope-Rhodius, A. (2018). Applied Sport Psychology Consulting (Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC), Association for Applied Sport Psychology). In, K.L. Burke, M.L. Sachs, S.L. Schweighardt (Eds.), Directory of Graduate Programs in Applied Sport Psychology. Indianapolis, IN: AASP.

Rhodius, A.J. (2006). Reflections on the Athens Olympics: Working with Olympic archers and what it was like to be there. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 2(2), 29-34.

Rhodius, A. & Huntley, E. (2014). Facilitating reflective practice in graduate trainees and early career practitioners. In Z. Knowles, D. Gilbourne, B. Cropley & L. Dugdill (Eds.), Reflective Practice in the Sport and Exercise Sciences: Contemporary issues, (pp.91-100). New York, NY: Routledge.

Rhodius, A. & Park, M. (2016). Who’s supervising the supervisor? A case study of meta-supervision. In G. Cremades & L. Tashman (Eds.), Global practices and training in applied sport, exercise and performance psychology: A Case Study approach, (pp. 322-329). New York, NY: Routledge.

Rhodius, A. & Sugarman, K. (2014). Peer consultations with colleagues: The significance of gaining support and avoiding the ‘Lone Ranger trap’. In G. Cremades & L. Tashman (Eds.), Becoming a Performance Psychologist: International Perspectives on Service Delivery and Supervision (pp.331-338). New York, NY: Routledge.

Rosario, D., Kerr, J.H. & Rhodius, A. (2014). The experience of aggression among mixed martial arts athletes interpreted through reversal theory. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 45, 79-99.

Sasaba, I., Fitzpatrick, S.J. Pope-Rhodius, A. & Sakuma, H. (2017). Elite gymnastics coaches’ perceptions of coaching athletes from different cultures. International Journal of Coaching Science, 11(1), 15-30.

Rhodius, A.J. (2002). May I introduce…. Archery Focus publication.

Rhodius, A.J. (2002). Assessment. Archery Focus publication.

Rhodius, A.J., (2003). Goal setting and goal getting. Archery Focus publication.

Rhodius, A.J. (2003). Continuum of Achievement. Archery Focus publication.

Rhodius, A.J. (2004). Making SMART goals SMART-ER – The value of reflections. Archery Focus publication.

Rhodius, A.J. (2004). Expect the Unexpected. Archery Focus publication.

Rhodius, A.J. (2005) The Re-Interpretation of Anxiety. Archery Focus publication.

Rhodius, A.J. (2008). Take a Deep Breath. Archery Focus publication.

Rhodius, A.J. (2009). Aiming for Perfection. Archery Focus publication.

Credentials & Accolades

B.Sc., (Hons.), Psychology, University of Stirling
M.Sc. (with distinction), Sport Science, Liverpool John Moores University
Ph.D., Sport Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University

Received Faculty Fellowship from President Debra Bean, JFKU, 2018
Received ‘Outstanding achievement award’ from Graduate School of Professional Psychology, JFKU, 2004

Accredited as Sport Psychologist (in the UK) through the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), 1996-2009
Certified as a Consultant (now CMPC, #196) gained through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), 2004-present (apply for re-certification every five years, achieved this in 2009, 2014)
Member of the Mental Training Registry of the United States Olympic Committee (2005-present)

AASP Committee: Member of the Dorothy Harris Memorial Award Committee (2013-present)
AASP Committee: Chair of the Dorothy Harris Memorial Award Committee (2014-present)
AASP Committee: Member of AASP Foundation Committee (2013-present)
AASP Committee: Chair of the AASP Foundation’s Sub-Committee for the Distinguished Mentor Award (2017-present)
AASP Committee: Member of the AASP Foundation Sub-Committee for the Early Career Practitioner Award (2017-present)
AASP Committee: Member of the AASP Foundation Sub-Committee for the Distinguished Applied Practitioner Award (2017-present)
Reviewer for Journal of Sport Psychology in Action (2012-present)
Reviewer for International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology (2015-present)
Reviewer for Routledge/Psychology Press publishing company (2015-present)
Reviewer for Frontiers in Psychology ( (2016-present)