Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know

Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know

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by Ellen Kirschman, Mark Kamena, Joel Fay
     
 

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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

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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.

See also Kirschman's related self-help guide I Love a Cop, Revised Edition: What Police Families Need to Know, an ideal recommendation for clients and their family members.


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781462512775
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
09/26/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
564,811
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Ellen Kirschman, MSW, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in independent practice in Redwood City, California, and a volunteer clinician at the West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat. She is a recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Police and Public Safety Psychology from the Police and Public Safety Section of Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award from the California Psychological Association (CPA). Dr. Kirschman presents workshops worldwide and is the author of the bestselling self-help guide I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know, as well as I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know and the mystery novels Burying Ben and The Right Wrong Thing. Her website is www.ellenkirschman.com.
Mark Kamena, PhD, ABPP, is Director of Research and Co-Founder of the First Responder Support Network, a volunteer, nonprofit organization that operates the West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat and a separate program for first-responder spouses and significant others. He has a private practice in Marin County, California, where he specializes in first-responder posttraumatic stress injury. Dr. Kamena is a recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Police and Public Safety Psychology from APA Division 18. He is President of the CPA and serves on the CPA Foundation Board.

Joel Fay, PsyD, ABPP, is a psychologist in private practice who works with emergency responders and provides crisis intervention training for numerous agencies throughout California. He served as a police officer for over 30 years before retiring in 2011. Dr. Fay is a recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the California Psychological Association and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Police and Public Safety Psychology from APA Division 18. He serves on the Psychological Services Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, is Clinical Director of the First Responder Support Network, and teaches and presents workshops widely.

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Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AllenRKates More than 1 year ago
Review by Allen R. Kates, MFAW, BCECR Author of CopShock, Second Edition: Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), 2008. The authors of Counseling Cops, What Clinicians Need To Know, have written the ultimate guidebook against which all other police counseling books will be measured. This 288-page tour de force covers issues cops struggle with every day—and it presents those issues in plain language for every type of counselor, therapist, EAP provider, chaplain and peer supporter. The authors have done a magnificent job describing the impact of critical incidents, childhood trauma, line-of-duty-deaths, cumulative stress, sleep deprivation, hypervigilance, addictions, depression, suicidal ideation, and the aftermath of day-to-day exposure to violence, carnage and unspeakable savagery. Most important, they tell the prospective therapist not only what to do when counseling officers, but what not to do. The authors back up their assertions with impeccable research, and examples, quotes, worksheets, and the right questions to ask in different situations. The book describes how counselors can win an officer’s trust, the greatest impediment to treatment and healing. This superb, easy-to-read manual tells counselors how to avoid becoming overwhelmed by the intensity, gore and mayhem that cops describe in their sessions. It addresses police officer issues rarely talked about such as betrayal by administrators, and even betrayal by loved ones. The authors provide counselors with assessment tools and a catalog of relaxation techniques that they can offer officers and their families. Counseling Cops is the go-to book for every practicing counselor.