The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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Ellen Kirschman Ph.D.
Let's not lose this opportunity for change by oversimplifying complex human behavior. As a police psychologist, I have nine suggestions for change.
National Police Week is a time for mourning officers who have died in the line of duty. Will the pandemic change how police families mourn? Might there be a change for the better?
Four more ideas to help police officers, their families, and the rest of us stay calm and centered during this pandemic.
What first responders and their families need to know to keep working in the middle of a pandemic.
If you're a cop or know one, the possibility of killing someone is part of the job. Here's what you need to know.
Don't let stigma keep you from getting the mental health help you need to build and maintain your resilience.
The fictional Inspector Armand Gamache has a lot to teach cops and the rest of us about leadership. His four steps to wisdom (plus one of my own) are all you need to know.
Domestic abuse and police work. What happens when the person who enforces the law is committing it? If it's happening to you, what can you do?
Why is this happening and what can you do about it?
In an era of hate speech, this old English rhyme is so very wrong. But we can do something about it.
Can cops achieve work-life balance? They can if they try.
National Police Week is May 6-15. What most people don't know about line-of-duty deaths and the private grieving that happens behind the so-very-public stories.
The first woman patrol officer started in 1911. Has there been progress for women in law enforcement since then?
How to turn Valentine's Day into a year-round event.
Want to turn a missed holiday into a special event? Be ingenious and creative. But first of all, prioritize what's most important.
An officer with PTSD cannot think clearly. He is probably hypervigilant, has a short fuse, and may not be sleeping well enough to do the job properly.
Have you been assaulted? Here's how speaking out helps yourself and helps others.
Cops are two to three times as likely to kill themselves as they are to be killed in the line of duty. Why? And what can you do about it?
Can what officers believe make them vulnerable to post-traumatic stress?
Betrayal comes in many forms. Whatever form it takes, it makes everything, including post traumatic stress, worse.
Are you a police family? Or know one? These 10 ideas can ease the way through troubled times.
Was the school resource officer who didn't enter the building during the Parkland massacre a coward? Or was something else going on?
The first step is getting your foot in the door. Here are three suggestions.
When cops need help, Why does it take them so long to get it? Five mistaken beliefs that get in the way and a few ideas to change them.
Another tragedy affects us all, including police officers.
Can pre-employment psychological screening of police applicants reduce racism, sexism, and homophobia? Let's separate fact from fiction.
I work with cops. Spending a day with prisoners was a new experience.
There are a number of reasons why investigating Internet crimes against children is deeply emotionally trying. Here's what psychologists can and should do to help.
It's National PTSD Awareness Day; do you know a cop with PTSD?
Looking for a career in psychology? Start with the real world.
Ellen Kirschman, Ph.D., is a psychologist and has been counseling police officers and their families for 30 years.