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NCJ Number: 120501 Find in a Library
Title: Police Peer Counseling: Officers Helping Officers
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:58  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1989)  Pages:1-4
Author(s): R Klein
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 4
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Peer counseling among law enforcement officers is intended to train police officers to help their colleagues deal with stressful situations in a positive, structured manner.
Abstract: Police peer counseling began in the 1950s when the Boston and Chicago police department began alcohol-related counseling programs. The Los Angeles police department founded an in-house behavior science unit which developed the first fully department-supported peer counseling program, using both officers and civilians as volunteer counselors. This was followed in 1982 by the first peer counseling training program, which has since been used by over 40 departments throughout California. The program addresses the stress endemic to police work by using basic psychological principles of establishing rapport, active listening, and taking action. Peer counselors are also trained to detect problems beyond their abilities and to refer officers with those problems to other resources. This approach to counseling allows officers to express their feelings in a nonjudgemental environment; the counselors are adept at handling problems including stress, post-traumatic stress, relationship problems, and chemical dependency. 3 references.
Main Term(s): Peer counseling; Police occupational stress
Index Term(s): Counseling training
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