Course Details

Course TitlePolice Psychology: An Introduction to Core Activities and Cultural Competence
Date 5/18/2017
ProviderAmerican Board of Professional Psychology
LocationSan Diego
Credit Hours3
Instructor(s)Philip S. Trompetter, PhD, ABPP
Method of InstructionWorkshop/Seminar
Approving AgencyAPA
Course Syllabus

Course Description

This six hour course contains three hours related to preemployment screening.<div><br></div><div>Police Psychology is one of the specialties most recently recognized by the APA and ABPP. This introductory workshop is designed for the student or psychologist who is interested in learning about the major activities performed by police psychologists and some of the history of the specialty. In addition, because psychological services to police personnel and police agencies require an understanding of the police occupation and culture, this workshop will focus on helping the clinician become grounded in some of the essential job demands of modern policing, with special attention to the warrior versus guardian mentality, the hard realities of the use of force, particularly deadly force, and tips for clinicians who want a realistic perspective of what police do in order to provide assessment for police agency selection or fitness-for-duty evaluations, and/or to provide intervention to police officers and their families. Special attention will be devoted to describing three core activities performed by police psychologists: 1) psychological consultation during a SWAT/Hostage Negotiation Team callout, 2) psychological intervention after an officer-involved shooting (OIS), and 3) de-escalation training, particularly with mentally disordered individuals through the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model. The workshop is designed not only to educate the attendee about several core police psychological activities and police culture, but also to emphasize several ethical dilemmas in the work, with exposure to professional guidelines that help police psychologists navigate the dilemmas. </div>

Course Objectives