Police Officer Interventions

At Health Psychology Group, we offer individual treatment to help manage the stress inherent in police work.  We have provided evaluation, treatment and in some cases documentation to a department to provide support during administrative procedures. 

We have provided short-term interventions to help in managing critical incidents, psychotherapy and completed pension disability applications.  

Dr. Steinberg is a Board Certified Disability Analyst, Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and trained in Critical Incident Stress Management.

Dr. Steinberg has also testified as an expert during the pension process.

Police Officers experience unique stress as a result of their profession including:

  • Dealing with shift work
  • Perceived unnecessary paperwork
  • Antagonistic “subcultures” within the department
  • Perceived favoritism within the department
  • Perceived lack of public support

In addition, officers are often confronted with Critical Incidents, which are sudden, powerful events, outside the realm of normal experience.

  • These events include:
  • Line of duty death/shooting
  • Serious Injury
  • Police Suicide
  • Mass Casualty event
  • Death/Maltreatment of a child
  • Prolong events ending unfavorably
  • Excessive media interest
  • Events with personal meaning
  • Administrative abandonment
  • Other significant incidents

As a result of these critical events, police often experience “normal” reactions to “abnormal” events for a period of time.  Changes can be experienced physically, cognitively, emotionally, or behaviorally.

There are factors that influence an officer’s experience with Critical Incident Stress including:

  • The nature of the event, degree of loss or threat
  • The officer’s role in the scene 
  • The amount of control over the stressor and degree of warning 
  • Experience with prior similar events
  • Current life stressors and existing coping mechanisms 
  • Departmental Procedures