Police Psychology | THE SHORT LIST OF HUMAN PROBLEMS
Marla W. Friedman Psy.D., Board of Directors-Badge of Life
Immediate Past Chair PPSS/ILACP, Booklight@att.net
In the last 35 years I have provided psychotherapy services to a wide range of patients, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have worked with people from every profession. However it is my experiences with veterans, law enforcement and public safety personnel that have been some of the most challenging and satisfying work that I have been involved in.
Over the years I have compiled this list to distribute to patients who are in public service so they can see that they are not alone in their struggles. I do not give the list to every patient, as I want to protect law enforcement from repercussions from the public, as some of the issues should remain private within their profession.
We can all identify with some of these statements but some are unique to under cover agents, dispatchers, firefighters and police officers. As a result of my good fortune to work with these remarkable and brave women and men I developed this list I call, “The Short List of Human Problems.”
I have bad credit.
I can’t afford the life I’m living.
My job consumes my life.
I don’t know how to set boundaries between my job and my personal life.
I have family conflict that is getting worse and worse.
My relationships with my significant other and children are deteriorating daily.
I can’t feel emotionally close to anyone.
I have dropped my friends.
I feel (more…)