Cops and Writers Podcast

156 I Love a Cop With Bestselling Author and Police Psychologist, The 'Cop Doc' Dr. Ellen Kirschman (Part One)

February 04, 2024 Patrick O'Donnell / Ellen Kirschman Episode 156
Cops and Writers Podcast
156 I Love a Cop With Bestselling Author and Police Psychologist, The 'Cop Doc' Dr. Ellen Kirschman (Part One)
Show Notes

Welcome everybody, today’s show will be especially valuable for those of you who are first responders and maybe more important, for their families to listen to. Or, if you are curious about what goes on behind closed doors in a police family. There is so much good information here, I had to split this up into two episodes. My guest on today’s show is known as the ‘Cop Doc’, Dr. Ellen Kirschman. 

For over four decades, Dr. Ellen Kirschman's specialty has been treating first responders, cops, firefighters, and their families who are suffering from work-related traumatic stress. Today’s episode is going to lean more on the cop side of the house but can be easily translated to other first responders.

Dr. Kirschman is also an award-winning and best-selling author of fiction and non-fiction. She is best known for the gold standard book for cops and their families, “I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know” along with “Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know” and “I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know.”

Dr. Kirschman is also the author of her very successful crime series, The Dot Meyerhoff Mystery Series, where she blends her real-life stories with cops into fiction. 

In today’s episode we discuss:

·      Has Dr. Kirschman ever loved a cop? 

  • Her work as a police psychologist with the Palo Alto Police Department.

·      My own, and other cop’s recollections of her book, I Love a Cop.

·      How Dr. Kirschman got into the business of helping cops through trauma.

·      The divorce rate among cops, the numbers might surprise you.

·      The different phases of a law enforcement career.

·      When should a cop leave the job?

·      When and how should a cop talk to their families about what they are going through at work?

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