Cops and Writers Podcast

074 Police Psychologists Heather Kersten And Emily Jirikowic Talk First Responder Mental Health

July 03, 2022 Patrick O'Donnell / Heather Kersten / Emily Jirikowic Episode 74
Cops and Writers Podcast
074 Police Psychologists Heather Kersten And Emily Jirikowic Talk First Responder Mental Health
Show Notes

On today’s show, I’m so happy to have Dr. Heather Kersten and Dr. Emily Jirikowic who are co-founders of First Responder's PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES.

The good doctors who are most commonly referred to as police psychologists
provide debriefings, crisis intervention, and trauma treatment. They have realized the importance of psychoeducation and face-time with members to build trust and gain acceptance in a field requiring specialized skill and ability.

These doctors work on the front lines with first responders in the most trying of times and provide much-needed support. 

In today’s episode, we discuss:

·      Dr. Kersten and Dr. Jirikowic’s First Responders Psychological Services.

·      When a debriefing is appropriate and what one looks like.

·      Their role in crisis intervention with first responders.

·      What psycho evaluations are and when they are conducted.

·      Both doctors experience starting their careers working in the prison system with sex offenders.

·      Having police officers in their immediate family and the unique perspective that gives them.

·      What P.T.S.D. is and how it can be misunderstood.

·      How to prevent P.T.S.D. and lessen its effects. 

·      Suicide prevention and best practices dealing with suicidal subjects.

·      How do members deal or don’t deal with leaving police work and reintegrating into a “normal lifestyle.”

 All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.

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