Therapists in Blue?: Police Officers Spend More Time Being Psychologists Than Sharpshooters
Fay, Joel, Family Therapy Networker
As a police officer, I've been trained to expect the unexpected, block out automatic emotional reactions and stick to hard-edged procedural rules in an emergency. But that doesn't mean that in this line of work some occasions don't embed themselves permanently in my consciousness, like livid scars that refuse to fade.
Six months ago, while I was on patrol, I got a call from the dispatcher to proceed to a certain address--the way most police episodes begin--with little information and no idea what might happen when I got there. A man had called the police because he was worried about his girlfriend, who had not …
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Publication information: Article title: Therapists in Blue?: Police Officers Spend More Time Being Psychologists Than Sharpshooters. Contributors: Fay, Joel - Author. Magazine title: Family Therapy Networker. Volume: 22. Issue: 3 Publication date: May/June 1998. Page number: Not available. © Psychotherapy Networker, Inc. Nov/Dec 1996. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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