By Safe Call Now’s Dr. Laura Brodie Ph.D.
In my work with cops, I’ve worked with their kids. Cops need to hear what their kids are complaining about. “He treats me like a suspect.” “She doesn’t trust me.” “He is cold and unfeeling, telling me what I’m doing wrong and never what I’m doing right.” But in talking to cops, I hear over and over how much they love their kids and remain confused about why their children do not feel their love. Being a cop is a job that bleeds over to one’s personal life. The same can be said with psychologists. We psychologists place our own children on the couch of “processing” everything instead of allowing our children to simply be kids. Cops tend to respond to rule breaking in a matter of fact way, slap on the cuffs and haul them in. But what if this person is your child?
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By Dr. Tania Glenn, Psy.D, LCSW, CCTP
These are very tough times for many first responders and their family members across America, as law enforcement, fire, EMS and air medical find themselves dealing not only with the furnace blast traumas associated with public safety, they are also confronting the complexities of the grief process and attempting to heal after the very painful loss of their friends and coworkers.
In twenty-six years of practice, I have found that many first responders are not properly equipped with the tools or abilities to heal from grief. Public safety folks are very good at fixing problems quickly, creatively and efficiently. Over time, many of our police, fire and EMS professionals attempt to adopt this strategy for their personal lives and problems. They soon realize that this does not necessarily work, and they experience a significant amount of frustration on top of everything else they are going through.
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