I Love a Cop, Third Edition What Police Families Need to Know

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-05-03
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press
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Police officers today face unprecedented challenges--anti-police sentiment, increased danger, massive public scrutiny, and the ever-present threat of terrorism. Now thoroughly updated, this trusted resource has already helped over 125,000 police families manage the stress of the job and create a supportive home environment where everyone can thrive. The third edition includes new stories from police families, new chapters on relationships and living through troubled times, and fully updated resources. Discussions of trauma and resilience, domestic abuse, and addictions have been expanded with the latest information and practical advice. Whether they read the book cover to cover or refer to it when problems arise, families will find no-nonsense guidance they can depend on.

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

Author Biography

Ellen Kirschman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, volunteer clinician at the First Responder Support Network, and sought-after speaker and workshop facilitator. Dr. Kirschman 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 and the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award from the California Psychological Association. She is coauthor of a book for mental health professionals, Counseling Cops, and author of the self-help guides I Love a Cop, Third Edition, and I Love a Fire Fighter, as well as the mystery novels Burying Ben, The Right Wrong Thing, and The Fifth Reflection. She lives in Redwood City, California. Her website is www.ellenkirschman.com.

Table of Contents

1. Living Through Troubled Times
I. “Hi, Honey. I’m Home.”
2. Married to the Job: Myths, Realities, and Relationships
3. The Way It Is: The Givens of Police Work
4. The Police Officer’s Paradox
5. Growing Old in a Young Person’s Profession: How Officers Change with Time
6. Organizational Stress: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places
II. Remarkable Events
7. Critical Incidents, Stress, and Trauma
8. From Victim to Survivor: Working Through Trauma
9. From Battlefront to Homefront: Families and Trauma
10. Kids and Trauma
Emotional Extremes
11. Domestic Abuse
12. Alcoholism, Suicide, and Addiction
Getting Help
13. Getting the Help You Need When You Need It 
III. Special Families, Special Issues
14. Swimming Upstream: Special Challenges Facing Women, Minority, and LGBT Cops
15. Cop Couples
IV. Summing Up
16. Success Stories 

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