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Public Viewing of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope

Come participate in the viewing of the documentary - 

Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope

This documentary chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

Learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and its impact on your world.


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Video-Emotional Survival Tip

Video-Emotional Survival Tip from Lt. Dave Smith (ret) aka JD Buck Savage discusses, emotional survival in the law enforcement profession.


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Can Mental Health Courts Stop the Revolving Door of Justice?

Can Mental Health Courts Stop the ‘Revolving Door’ of Justice?


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Video - Trauma Our Dispatchers & Civilian Employees Face.

In this talk from WINx Chicago 2017 sponsored by Guardian Tracking, Connie Fraser talks about the trauma our dispatchers and civilian employees face.

Do you consider your dispatcher as part of your team? It could save your life?


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New Wellness Center: Stress/Substance Abuse Therapy for Cops Only

It looks like something good is on its way!

From Force Science Bulletin #341

I. New wellness center: Stress/substance abuse therapy for cops only

An innovative medical treatment facility, exclusively for LEOs burdened by substance abuse, stress overload, marital problems, or other wellness-threatening issues, is scheduled to open within the next few months, not far from the Force Science Training headquarters in a Chicago suburb.

Dubbed St. Michael’s House, after the archangel patron of warriors, the special, nondenominational facility will occupy the entire floor of a private medical center and offer both residential and out-patient services for officers and their families.


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NAMI Sauk Area 5K Run

The NAMI Sauk Valley 5K run will raise funds that will help law enforcement officers in the MTU1 region attend mental health awareness training via reimbursement grants to the agencies.

 

 

 


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Managing Police Stress to Strengthen Relationships at Home

Managing Police Stress to Strengthen Relationships at Home

By Dr. Jarrod Sadulski, faculty member, Criminal Justice at American Military University

an article from  In Public safety

In most professions, there is some level of stress. However, the demands placed upon police officers and ongoing threats of—and exposure to—violence leads to extremely high levels of stress on a daily basis. Such stress can do more than affect an officer’s job performance; it can also seep into and damage their personal life.

Officers must acknowledge their stress and recognize how it impacts their personal relationships, specifically their marriage. It isn’t until officers accept that stress is taking a toll on their lives that they can then take steps to mediate and reduce the adverse effects it has on them and their families.


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Study-Majority of First Responders Face Mental Health Challenges in the Workplace

Majority of First Responders Face Mental Health Challenges in the Workplace

University of Phoenix Releases First Responder Mental Health Survey Results


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Article-Character: It Makes All the Difference
Yes, skills matter; but they won't define you, & your service, like your character willBy Sue Rahr| Dec 19, 2016  Your legacy, in your agency and community, will come down to your character. .featured-image-container { position: relative; margin-bottom:20px; } .featured-video-overlay { position: absolute; bottom: 0; width: 100%; padding: 10px 0; background-color: rgba(0, 88, 108, 0.5); z-index: 1000; color: white; text-align: right; } .featured-video-overlay span { margin: 0 10px; } .featured-video-overlay h3 { margin:0; }

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Article-The Mindful Officer: Mindfulness & Law Enforcement?
From business to athletes to our military, mindfulness is being embraced; but what about law enforcement?By Shawn Perron| Dec 15, 2016 Case Western Reserve University has some of the latest information on comprehensive mindfulness research. Mindfulness programs are being implemented into corporate culture, business and management education, and gaining ground among scientifically and medically minded people. The U.S. armed forces is on board too. That's right: Even the USMC and Army are now using mindfulness to improve workplace functioning, as well as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for our returning war veterans. Mindfulness training has been found to be a viable-and healthier-alternative to pharmaceuticals for treating PTSD, depression, and chronic pain.So if such disparate professions have all arrived at the same conclusion, why isn't law enforcement enthusiastically reaping the many benefits of mindfulness training?I have a theory: Most of us cops are proud and as a result we don't like change. But I also know that cops are practical and I hope to show you some of the tangible benefits of mindfulness. READ Article on Calibre Press

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Article-On Policing the Mentally Ill
The general public has no idea--& that's the pointBy Jeff Shannon| Nov 21, 2016 Photo psyberartist. .featured-image-container { position: relative; margin-bottom:20px; } .featured-video-overlay { position: absolute; bottom: 0; width: 100%; padding: 10px 0; background-color: rgba(0, 88, 108, 0.5); z-index: 1000; color: white; text-align: right; } .featured-video-overlay span { margin: 0 10px; } .featured-video-overlay h3 { margin:0; }

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Article- Strength in Numbers: How LEOs Can Face PTSD and Addiction
Lifestyle & Off-Dutywith P1 Lifestyle StaffA look inside one of our nation's first "warriors only" PTSD treatment plans.Jul 20, 2016Written by Megan Wells, PoliceOne ContributorTragic police shootings like those in Dallas and Baton Rouge are the kind of traumatic events that can trigger PTSD in law enforcement officers.It's important for LEOs to learn about dealing with post-traumatic stress (PTS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction, which is often related to stress. PoliceOne spoke with Annette T. Hill, Warriors Heart clinical director, about the symptoms of these disorders and a recovery process specific to law enforcement.

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IACP'S ALZHEIMER'S INITIATIVES Roll call training videos
Roll-Call Training VideosIt's not a question of whether law enforcement will be dealing with Alzheimer's disease, but rather when we'll encounter Alzheimer's disease, and how we'll respond. The IACP's Alzheimer's Initiatives training program has developed 4 short training videos which discuss various situations that law enforcement and first responders may encounter a person with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.FREE registration to view training videos now.Download Companion Discussion Guide.To order the FREE DVD version of the training video, please email alzheimers@theiacp.orgThese are still shots only, you need to register via the IACP link above(5:35) Driver Assessment (traffic stop) Learn to recognize signs of impaired driving due to Alzheimer's disease or dementia. (Dennis, MA)(6:22) Missing Person (on foot) Techniques for interviewing caregivers and search and rescue when someone with dementia goes missing on foot. (Montgomery County, MD)(7:24) Missing Person (by car) Techniques for interviewing caregivers and search and rescue when someone with dementia goes missing by car. (Vail, CO)(8:48) Overview of Search Protocol Extensive overview of search protocol for someone with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. (Houston, TX)

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Article- Don't Get "Rope-A-Doped"!
Chief Harry P. Dolan (Ret.)July, 2016Boxing champion Muhammad Ali recently passed away and as I was growing up I admired him as a boxer. Besides being a talented athlete, Ali was a master at using psychology against his opponents. One of his most successful psychological tricks was what he called the "rope-a-dope." The rope-a-dope technique was primarily focused on getting his opponent to "lose his cool."Ali would allow his opponent to get in close and pummel him for a while. Ali would use his arms to protect his face and torso, and lean back against the ropes, using the elasticity in the ropes to help absorb the impacts of his opponent's blows. While his opponent would swing at him, Ali would verbally taunt his opponent as he ducked, weaved, and absorbed some blows. The verbal taunts and insults would enrage his opponent-who would swing harder and faster, over and over again. Before long his opponent would become exhausted from the exertion of all of the swings, and would no longer be thinking clearly because of his anger over the verbal insults. It was at this point that Ali would strike, coming off the ropes full of energy and with a clear mind to fight his opponent. This strategy won him many fights. He called it the rope-a-dope because he was able to rope in his opponent and get him to act like a dope. Ali's goal, as he would later describe, was not to put fear in his opponent but to film them with anger.Far too often today, I believe, police officers are being rope-a-do

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Resource- A Mental Health Template for American Jails
Sheriffs and Jail Directors 7-20-16Please find a link to a mental health template for jails and prisons, produced for your consideration by Cook County (IL) Sheriff Tom Dart: http://cookcountysheriff.org/MentalHealthTemplate.htmlAs we all come to terms with America's mental health crisis and the heavy burden placed on law enforcement, Sheriff Dart has directed his staff to serve as a resource to you and your teams in search of ideas and best practices. It is Sheriff Dart's hope that this template and the accompanying video based on his experience implementing mental health reforms in Chicago's Cook County Jail will be of benefit to Sheriff's Offices and jails both big and small.Please feel free to engage Sheriff Dart's staff with any questions, ideas or feedback.Cook County Sheriff's Office CCSO.MentalHealth@cookcountyil.govA NOTE FROM SHERIFF THOMAS J. DART Dear Sheriff or Jail Director,As I've traveled the country in recent years raising awareness of the root causes and potential solutions to the criminalization of mental illness, I've had the good fortune of meeting many of my counterparts within sheriff's offices big and small. We all come to these positions from a diverse array of backgrounds many are police officers; some are lifelong corrections officials; others (like me) are former prosecutors. One quality unites us all absolutely none of us signed up to run the largest mental health institutions in our respective communities.Yet that is where we find ourselves.

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Resource-The Crisis Intervention Team Model of Police Response to Mental Health Crises
As persons with mental illnesses and law enforcement become increasingly entangled, the collaboration of police and mental health service providers has become critical to appropriately serving the needs of individuals experiencing mental health crises. This article introduces the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Model as a collaborative approach to safely and effectively address the needs of persons with mental illnesses, link them to appropriate services, and divert them from the criminal justice system if appropriate. We discuss the key elements of the CIT model, implementation and its related challenges, as well as variations of the model. While this model has not undergone enough research to be deemed an Evidence-Based Practice, it has been successfully utilized in many law enforcement agencies worldwide and is considered a "Best Practice" model in law enforcement. This primer for mental health practitioners serves as an introduction to a model that may already be utilized in their community or serve as a springboard for the development CIT programs where they do not currently exist. READ ARTICLETHE CIT MODELIt was a tragedy that spurred the coming together of stakeholders to develop the original CIT program in Memphis, TN. In 1988, following the fatal shooting of a man with a history of mental illness and substance abuse by a Memphis police officer (Dupont & Cochran, 2000), a community task force comprised of law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals,

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CIT and Autism Awareness Pages Added To Website
Three pages have been added to the website under the members section. 1. Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) Information and links 2. Autism & Law Enforcement - contains video training andinformationabout how law enforcement can prepare for situations involving autistic persons. 3. The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)Here is an excerpt from thepages. NEW Page- Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) Information and linksTHE CIT MODELIt was a tragedy that spurred the coming together of stakeholders to develop the original CIT program in Memphis, TN. In 1988, following the fatal shooting of a man with a history of mental illness and substance abuse by a Memphis police officer (Dupont & Cochran, 2000), a community task force comprised of law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals, and mental health advocates collaborated to develop what is now internationally known as the Memphis CIT model. The primary goals of the model are to increase safety in encounters and when appropriate, divert persons with mental illnesses from the criminal justice system to mental health treatment. Go to CIT pageto locate resource information NEW Page- Autism & Law Enforcement What is Autism? Autism is a disability, the prevalence of which may have increased significantly in recent years, although there is much debate as to whether this is actually so or whether diagnostic and reporting patterns have simply gotten more efficient. While there is clearly a genetic basis for

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Article-For Police, a Playbook for Conflicts Involving Mental Illness
Officers in Portland, Ore., with an individual they interact with on a regular basis who was later taken to the hospital. Credit Amanda Lucier for The New York Times In response to high-profile shootings of people with mental illness, police departments around the country are turning to crisis intervention training.By ERICA GOODE APRIL 25, 2016PORTLAND, Ore. - The 911 caller had reported a man with a samurai sword, lunging at people on the waterfront.It was evening, and when the police arrived, they saw the man pacing the beach and called to him. He responded by throwing a rock at the embankment where they stood.They shouted to him from a sheriff's boat; he threw another rock. They told him to drop the sword; he said he would kill them. He started to leave the beach, and after warning him, they shot him in the leg with a beanbag gun. He turned back, still carrying the four-foot blade.In another city - or in Portland itself not that long ago - the next step would almost certainly have been a direct confrontation and, had the man not put down the weapon, the use of lethal force.But the Portland Police Bureau, prodded in part by the 2012 findings of a Justice Department investigation, has spent years putting in place an intensive training program and protocols for how officers deal with people with mental illness.At a time when police behavior is under intense scrutiny - a series of fatal shootings by police officers have focused national attention on issues of race and mental i

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Informational Bulletin - Resource List From the ILACP
This is a pass throughof some ILACP informationand another example of why all Illinois Chiefs are highly encouraged to become a member of the ILACP.List of experts who can help your officersThe Psychological Services Committee of ILACP has compiled a list of experts who specialize in working with law enforcement, first responders, and forensic-related services. Here is that list, which is being revised continuously.Also, the committee recommends a report on how chiefs can safeguard officer mental health before and after mass casualty events. Read the report from NAMI and COPS: Preparing for the Unimaginable. And here is information, repeated, that was sent yesterday:In response to the Dallas shootings last week and the wave of publicity afterward, the Psychological Services Committee of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police recommends the follow two resources:Serve and Protect hotline 1-615-373-8000 for 24/7 Peer Support for law enforcement.COPLINE - National Law Enforcement Officers Hotline.You might also want to know about the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255.  Statement of ILACP President Steven Casstevensin response to the Dallas shootings.Chief Pam Church, Chair, Psychological Services CommitteeEd Wojcicki, Executive Director, ILACP

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Article - The Dangerous Lives Of Cops' Wives
Holding up the fort, standing by their men - and struggling more than we knowby Deirdre Reilly | Updated 13 Jul 2016 at 12:18 PMThe spouses of law enforcement officers from coast to coast face a spectrum of challengingemotions in the wake of the Dallas shootings.LifeZette spoke to the wife of a police officer in Parker County, Texas, about her emotions and worries given the events of last week. She asked that her identity and that of her family be kept private, with community tensions escalating and as U.S. police departments are on high alert.This officer's wife, age 37, has been married to her husband, who is 32, for nine years. They're raising her 15-year-old daughter together. She watched the Dallas attack unfold from the livestream on Facebook while she was in the car with them."I felt mad," she told LifeZette. "My husband kept saying, Stop looking at that.' I stayed up all night watching the television coverage. I saw the medical examiner's van pull up to the hospital, and I watched them load the fallen officers into them as their fellow officers saluted. READ ARTICLEhttps://youtu.be/oVZDk5ZDLwk

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