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I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know

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Synopsis:

Nothing worth doing is easy--and that includes loving a cop. Being a member of the law enforcement community is a source of pride for officers and families alike. But long hours, unpredictable shifts, and the crisis-driven nature of the profession can turn life on the home front into an emotional roller coaster. Dr. Ellen Kirschman, a psychologist who's worked with police officers for more than 30 years, gives you practical ways to deal with the challenges that come with the territory. Packed with stories from cops and their significant others, this book explains how to reduce spillover from on-the-job stress and cope with loneliness or worry during extended deployments. Dr. Kirschman acknowledges the tough realities of 21st-century law enforcement and offers frank, realistic suggestions for handling serious issues like alcohol abuse and domestic violence. She also covers special topics for women and minorities on the force. Whether you read it from cover to cover or reach for it when problems arise, I Love a Cop is an indispensable tool that everyone in your family can depend on.

Mental health professionals, see also Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know, by Ellen Kirschman, Mark Kamena, and Joel Fay.

About the Author

Ellen Kirschman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and consultant who works with peace officers and their families. She has written extensively about police culture and is sought after as a speaker and seminar leader. Dr. Kirschman has been an invited guest at the FBI Academy and is a member of the Psychological Services Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She is a cofounder of www.policefamilies.com and maintains a website for the public at www.ellenkirschman.com. In 2000, Dr. Kirschman was named Woman of Distinction by the Police Chiefs Spouses Worldwide. She lives in Redwood City, California.

Table of Contents

I. "Hi Honey. I'm Home."

1. The Way It Is: Givens and Realities of Police Work

2. The Police Officer's Paradox

3. Growing Old in a Young Person's Profession: How Officers Change with Time

4. Organizational Stress: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

II. Remarkable Events

Trauma

5. Critical Incidents, Stress, and Trauma

6. From Victim to Survivor: Working Through Trauma

7. From Battlefront to Homefront: Families and Trauma

8. Kids and Trauma

Emotional Extremes

9. Domestic Abuse: The Best-Kept Secret Shame of Policing

10. Alcohol Abuse and Suicide

Getting Help

11. Getting the Help You Need When You Need It

III. Special Families, Special Issues

12. Swimming Upstream: Special Challenges Facing Women, Minorities, Lesbians, and Gay Men in Law Enforcement

13. Cop Couples

IV. Summing Up

14. Success Stories

Epilogue

Resources

Product Details

ISBN:
9781593853532
Author:
Kirschman, Ellen
Publisher:
Guilford Publications
Subject:
General
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Family Relationships
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Job stress
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Law Enforcement
Subject:
Family Therapy
Subject:
Police -- Job stress.
Subject:
Police psychology
Subject:
Self-Help/Relationships
Edition Number:
Revised
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
340
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Nothing worth doing is easy--and that includes loving a cop. Being a member of the law enforcement community is a source of pride for officers and families alike. But long hours, unpredictable shifts, and the crisis-driven nature of the profession can turn life on the home front into an emotional roller coaster. Dr. Ellen Kirschman, a psychologist who's worked with police officers for more than 30 years, gives you practical ways to deal with the challenges that come with the territory. Packed with stories from cops and their significant others, this book explains how to reduce spillover from on-the-job stress and cope with loneliness or worry during extended deployments. Dr. Kirschman acknowledges the tough realities of 21st-century law enforcement and offers frank, realistic suggestions for handling serious issues like alcohol abuse and domestic violence. She also covers special topics for women and minorities on the force. Whether you read it from cover to cover or reach for it when problems arise, I Love a Cop is an indispensable tool that everyone in your family can depend on.

Mental health professionals, see also Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know, by Ellen Kirschman, Mark Kamena, and Joel Fay.

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