Nightmares, flashbacks, anger, concentration problems, emotional detachment, avoidance of people and places... These are some of the signs of PTSD. As many as one in three cops may suffer from PTSD, a condition that could lead to depression, suicidal thoughts, addictions, eating disorders as well as job and family conflict. CopShock prepares police officers for the aftermath of horrific trauma, helps families understand PTSD's effect on their loved ones, tells true stories of officers-men and women-with PTSD, and offers over 200 support sources.
In the second edition of this much praised book on police trauma survival, almost 50 percent of CopShock has been expanded, revised and updated with new material, including 5 new chapters, self-tests for PTSD, Anxiety, Stress, Panic Disorder, Depression, and Resiliency, as well as information on treatment centers and other support sources.
The new chapters include stories about police officers and firefighters on 9/11 trying to save survivors from the burning World Trade Center; and stories about police dispatchers and police wives who suffer from vicarious trauma, but are often ignored because they did not witness the critical incident firsthand. In another new chapter, the second edition investigates how police officers can develop resiliency to horrific events to help prevent PTSD. Stories from the first edition of CopShock are also included, as they have become sacred to many readers. These are stories about police officers trying to cope with PTSD as a result of brutal assaults, shootings, death investigations, previous careers as combat soldiers, terrorism, and even PTSD as a result of not shooting.
Law enforcement officers throughout the United States, Canada, and 8 other countries have used this book in their peer support programs, police academies, and post-trauma units. Psychologists, psychiatrists, first responders, police and support organizations recommend the book to their patients, co-workers, and members.
Since the publication of CopShock's first edition in 1999, the book has been reviewed and praised around the world. The A&E Television Network produced a documentary based on CopShock that is shown today in police academies and peer support groups.
In this new second edition, and in the aftermath of 9/11, the war on terror, and the consequences from natural disasters like hurricane Katrina, CopShock will help many more police officers, firefighters, first responders, and war veterans cope with the damaging effects of PTSD.
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CopShock should become required reading for every member of every police department in the country, if not the world. The book can be as meaningful as a bulletproof vest, because PTSD is a greater cop killer than all the guns ever fired at police officers. --Lt. James F. Devine (Ret.), CSW, CASAC, CEAP, former director of NYPD Counseling Services
Allen Kates is one of the first to dramatically expose the stresses on some of the most important people in our society: police officers. As crime and other disasters increase in our society, we need our police officers more and more. Yet every year we are losing increasing numbers of police officers to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, depression, substance abuse, violence, suicide, and other stress related problems. As Kates continually stresses, we need to take better care of police officers, the people who are preserving our lives, if not for their sakes, for our own. --Aphrodite Matsakis, Ph.D., author of 10 books on trauma and PTSD
As clinicians... we are only too aware of the pain and suffering that many officers face after a traumatic incident. All too often, many officers keep their pain hidden, thus creating a fertile climate for PTSD. Allen Kates' book is a poignant, descriptive, and accurate portrayal of PTSD and its effects on those who have been traumatized. He lists a wonderful variety of help sources for police officers and their families. We encourage all emergency service workers and family members, not just those in law enforcement, to read this book, for it will help the reader to become more sensitive to the rigors of the job. --Ronnie M. Hirsh, Ph.D., Director, Manhattan Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates, LLC
About the Author:
Allen R. Kates, BCECR, MFAW, is a trauma expert and journalist. He is Board Certified in Emergency Crisis Response (BCECR) by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and has earned certificates in critical incident stress debriefing and management, suicide intervention, PTSD therapy, resiliency, crisis intervention and victimology. He was trained in crisis intervention by the Pima County Attorney’s Victim Witness program, and helped victims of crime cope with tragedies such as robberies, beatings, rapes and murders. In this capacity, he worked closely with police officers.
Kates is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS), and is author of the book CopShock, Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), first and second editions. He assisted Sharon Knutson-Felix in writing Gifts My Father Gave Me, Finding Joy After Tragedy, a book on grief, loss and healing. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing (MFAW), and is a writing coach, editor and writer who helps others succeed with their book manuscripts.