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Police Stressline

Articles about Police Stress and stress in law enforcement professions

Hal Brown, LICSW,

Telephone counseling and  in-person therapy from Hal Brown, LICSW
Middleboro, Massachusetts
Gene Sanders, Ph.D.,
Associate Editor (Bio)

Information about therapy with Gene Sanders, Ph.D.

Mariposa, California


(unless otherwise noted, articles are written by and   by Hal Brown 1998-2002)


Introduction to Police Stress

Correspondence: We've heard from Joyce Boaz, Executive Director of the Gift From Within web site and Beverly Andersen, Ph.D., who is the Clinical Director of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Employee Assistance Program, that the song Heroes Unsung will be played in Washington during National Police Week in May, 2003. You can hear the song, and also read an excellent article (The Echoes of Violence in The Police Family) by Dr. Andersen here.

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    Some words for police officers who were on the front lines of terror, editorial by Hal Brown, LICSW

    The following article was published on the Gift from Within Website. It presents methods of psychological first aid, self care, finding assistance, and talking to children about what happened. Terrorism: September 11, 200: Trauma, Grief, and Recovery by Kathleen Nader, D.S.W.

    Symptoms and treatment of Police Stress

  1. Am I stressed out?
  2. Why police officers have so much trouble getting psychological support, by Gene Sanders, PhD
  3. Panic attacks - what they are and how to cope and why police officers find having panic disorder so embarrassing.
  4. PTSD and how it effects the officer and the family.
  5. Updated 4/10/02 : Recognizing and treating depression
  6. The Tragic Outcome of Police Stress: Police Suicide
  7. Police officers who commit suicide and the loved ones they leave behind by Cheryl Rehl Hahn
  8. A stress disorder syndrome caused by long term "stuffing" of emotions
  9. Sleep Deprivation and Creative Napping
  10. Police stress therapist links and how to locate and evaluate police stress therapists.
  11. 5/20/02:  Trauma Response Profile: Beverly J. Anderson, Ph.D., B.C.E.T.S. by Joseph S. Volpe, Ph.D., F.A.A.E.T.S. Director, Professional Development Editor, Trauma Response

  12. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing: Use it or Lose it.  
  13. Model policies and procedures for statewide CISD and CISM teams: submitted with comments by Renee B. Meador, Team leader, W. Virginia CISM / CISD Team

  14. The Politics of Police Stress


  15. Declaring war on your bosses: how to cope when the job betrays you.
  16. My Chief is driving me crazy
  17. Obstacles to seeking therapy: The Ugly Shrink
  18. Doing the right thing and being treated "wrong": when officers don't receive the best psychiatric treatment.
  19. What's in a Name: Is "Corrections" Correct?
  20. Why In-house police stress counselors and corrections stress officers need to be independent.
  21. How to cope with police bashers
  22. Arresting a fellow officer, by Gene Sanders, Ph.D.
  23. What should I do if I stop another officer for drunk driving?
  24. Good officers gone bad: PTSD Issues for Police Officers, by Gene Sanders,  Ph.D.
  25. Men's Health: "Take it like a man - where the sun don't shine"

    Police stress and various aspects of "the job"


  26. 9/1/02 Undercover officers at the Honolulu Police Department, by Pam Fitzgerald, MSCP, MSCJA

  27. 9/1/02 Crisis Manual:  Crisis Intervention Plan for Police Department and Undercover Law Enforcement Personnel, by Pam Fitzgerald, MSCP, MSCJA

  28. The Sergeant's Stress in Middle Management
  29. Female Officers: Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs.
  30. Suicide by cop (or officer assisted suicide)
  31. Grieving Behind the Badge: Emotional Support for Line of Duty Death Survivors
    by Peggy Sweeney Rainone
  32. Why do police officers have such an outlandish rate of marital and domestic failures and calamity? by Police Chief Chuck Pratt, Ret. (click here for his website)
  33. The Issue of Privilege v. Confidentiality in Counseling with Law Enforcement Officers By Dawn-Elise Snipes, MHS, CRC, NCC and Charles Snipes, Certified Law Enforcement Officer
  34. "The key to a happy police family is a happy police marriage: but what happens when your police husband needs to change?"
  35. Some thoughts on racism and how it can effect doing the job
  36. What happens when the rivalry between departments becomes hostile?
  37. Police and EMS Dispatchers have Police Stress too..
  38. "You go, we go..." Telecommunicators (Dispatchers) and Police Officers by Renee B. Meador, CISM Team Leader, Western Va CISM Team, Roanoke, Va.
  39. Link to Detroit News article on dispatchers
  40. The Massachusetts heart law which assumes police stress related disability if an officer must retire due to a heart condition
  41. Control 3, Mary 1 Foot Pursuit: Surviving and having success in a foot pursuit comes down to defensive tactics and physical fitness by Jason Harney, Las Vegas Police Dept.

  42. Review of "CopShock - Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder" (PTSD), by Allen R. Kates
  43. Review of "Police Stress Management" by Wayne D. Ford, Ph.D.
  44. Review of "I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know" by Ellen Kirschman, Ph.D.
  45. Stressline Editors Brown and Sanders were interviewed in the February issue of Massachusetts Psychologist on the rift between psychologists and law enforcement

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