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September 10, 2019

We Are Witnesses: Chicago

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Marshall Project and WBEZ present the launch of We Are Witnesses: Chicago. Giving voice to crime victims and perpetrators; police offices and the families of people in jail; prison guards and judges and residents...

September 10, 2019

Surviving Trauma in therapy for Clinicians: Words often fail to capture a traumatic experience; therefore, clients will have difficulties verbalizing their trauma in the therapeutic relationship. Utilizing and understanding trauma specific therapies will help your clie...

August 28, 2019

Officer safety alert, more officers kill themselves than are killed in the line of duty (Miller, 2005).   Depression increases the chance of suicide.  If you want to support your brothers and sisters, become aware of the risks and help prevent other officers from exper...

April 25, 2019

Received an award from the Il Chiefs of Police today for the work planning, organizing, and speaking for Bridge the Gap training.  Thank you.   Enjoy the 2019 Annual Training Conference April 24-26 at Doubletree Hotel, Oak Brook, Illinois.  

December 7, 2017

Just finished a training for Northwest Police Academy to help teach Chiefs, DC, Sgt, etc. what they can do to promote officer resiliency and how to take care of their staff, before, during and after a critical incident.   We also talked about doing mental health check...

February 8, 2016

I often recieve questions from Chiefs, supervisors, and officers on how to better help officers who have been involved in a critical incident.  Here are some suggestions for protocol:

Police Department Protocol for Critical Incidents

Pre-Event Protocol:

  • Have a policy...

December 2, 2015


Officers are taught how to use the tactical tools on their gun belt and what use of force is appropriate for the situation. However, it is not often that officers are taught “emotional tools” for different situations. For example, how should an officer act/ feel/think...

August 16, 2015

Did you know that there are pre-event factors that increase your chance for developing PTSD?  Studies show there are several factors such as previous exposure to trauma, genetics, being young, female, family instability, a history of familial psychological problems, mu...

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