I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know

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Will police work change the person you love? Are police marriages destined to fail? What are the chances of your loved one being killed in the line of duty? Separating fact from myth, Dr. Ellen Kirschman answers these and other critical questions in the first comprehensive self-help book created specifically for today's police families. In information-filled chapters, readers will go behind the scenes with other police families as they discuss the benefits and pitfalls of police work; learn how to manage the effects of organizational stress and the pressures of unpredictable schedules, long hours and loneliness; gain awareness of the emotional, physical, and behavioral warning signs which can lead to such extreme situations as posttraumatic stress, alcoholism, suicide and domestic violence; find out where families can go for help and counseling; and get an inside look at cop couples and the special challenges facing women, minorities, and gays and lesbians on the force.

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Dr. Ellen Kirschman, clinical psychologist and consultant, has been working with law enforcement agencies for over 20 years. She has written extensively about the law enforcement 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 Psychology Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She resides in Redwood City, California.

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I. Hi Honey, I'm Home 1. The Way It Is: Givens and Realities of Policework 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

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