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Counseling Cops What Clinicians Need to Know

by Ellen Kirschman, Mark Kamena, and Joel Fay

The authors vividly depict the pressures and challenges of police work and explain the impact that line-of-duty issues can have on officers and their loved ones. Numerous concrete examples and tips show how to build rapport with cops, use a range of effective intervention strategies, and avoid common missteps and misconceptions.

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Grounded in clinical research, extensive experience, and deep familiarity with police culture, this book offers highly practical guidance for psychotherapists and counselors. The authors vividly depict the pressures and challenges of police work and explain the impact that line-of-duty issues can have on officers and their loved ones. Numerous concrete examples and tips show how to build rapport with cops, use a range of effective intervention strategies, and avoid common missteps and misconceptions. Approaches to working with frequently encountered clinical problems—such as substance abuse, depression, trauma, and marital conflict—are discussed in detail. A new preface in the paperback and e-book editions highlights the book's relevance in the context of current events and concerns about police-community relations

288 Pages Size: 6" x 9"

  • Foreword, Ellen Scrivner
  • I. The Basics of Cultural Competency
  • 1. Working in the Law Enforcement Culture
  • 2. Managing the Therapeutic Alliance
  • 3. The Emergency Responder's Exhaustion Syndrome
  • 4. Growing Old in a Young Person's Profession
  • II. Line-of-Duty Issues
  • 5. Death by 1,000 Cuts: Critical Incidents, Trauma, and Posttraumatic Stress Injuries
  • 6. Betrayal: The Hidden Critical Incident
  • 7. Shift Work and Sleep Deprivation
  • III. Treatment Tactics
  • 8. Reading Your Client: Assessment Strategies
  • 9. Treatment Strategies
  • 10. When Your Client Needs Medication
  • IV. Common Presenting Problems
  • 11. Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Other Addictions
  • 12. Depression and Suicide
  • 13. Somatization, Panic Attacks, and Stress Reduction
  • V. Working with Police Families
  • 14. Resilience and the Police Family
  • 15. Givens and Paradoxes
  • 16. "Why Didn't You Shoot Him in the Leg?": Police Family Communication
  • 17. The First Responder Relationship
  • 18. Infidelity, Divorce, and Domestic Abuse
  • VI. Getting Started
  • 19. Special Considerations for Treating Other First Responders
  • 20. Breaking and Entering
  • Appendix: Residential Treatment/Group Therapy
  • Resources


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