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I Love a Cop, Third Edition: What Police Families Need to Know by [Ellen Kirschman]

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“Dr. Kirschman recognizes the modern challenges facing police officers and the families who love them. I Love a Cop is essential reading for anyone looking to understand the person beyond the badge.”--David M. Corey, PhD, ABPP, police psychologist

"My wife and I have both read I Love a Cop through and through, and our home life is stronger for it. This is an essential book for anyone with a loved one on the job--anyone who needs to understand the inherent strains, quirks, and challenges of police work. Dr. Kirschman writes with skill, wisdom, and grace, honoring police officers while still holding them accountable. I Love a Cop is a gift."--Sgt. Adam Plantinga, San Francisco Police Department, 16-year police veteran and author of 400 Things Cops Know

"This book contributed to incredible changes in my life and marriage by teaching me that I was not alone in times of pain. The law enforcement culture has an unspoken code that all matters stay 'in house,' but cops are people first, and sometimes we all need help. Dr. Kirschman really gets the issues we face as a family of blue."--Karen F., Chico, California

"Dr. Kirschman does a terrific job of addressing difficult issues that those in the cop world usually don't talk about. The book brings into perspective the difficulties and risks of the job and the impact on our families and ourselves, as well as ways to keep the family and self whole. This was a 'must read' for me as the wife of a police officer, an officer myself, and a mother."--Vicky M. Stormo, retired Chief of Police, 35-year police veteran; Interim Executive Director, Behind the Badge Foundation

"I Love a Cop, Third Edition, is essential reading. Not only do I give a copy to all my new hires and their families, but my own family benefited greatly from growing up with this book.”--Susan E. Manheimer, Chief of Police, San Mateo Police Department; past president, California Police Chiefs Association

"This continues to be the go-to book for successfully navigating the law enforcement life. The book lives up to its title--everyone who loves a cop should read it."--Karen Solomon, author of The Price They Pay and founder of Blue H.E.L.P.

"As the wife of a veteran police officer, I found this book to be a great resource. I loved reading about others with similar experiences. Dr. Kirschman has helped me understand how the job affects my spouse, how I can take care of myself during times of chaos, and ways we can communicate better and strengthen our relationship."--Karin B., Vacaville, California

"During my tenure as Chief of Police, I gave a copy of this book to each new officer I swore into my department. I explained that the Police Academy teaches the 'how-tos' of the job--and Dr. Kirschman teaches how to manage the impact on our lives. The ever-changing demands placed on law enforcement personnel today are all covered insightfully in this remarkable third edition."--Lucy Carlton, retired Chief of Police, Los Altos Police Department, California

"I have been recommending this incredibly compassionate and wholly realistic book since it first came out. Policing has changed in the past two decades, but Dr. Kirschman’s passion for this profession has not. The third edition includes new coverage of substantive issues such as social media use, bad press, racial tensions, and more. I teach thousands of police officers each year in topics ranging from officer safety to gender dynamics, and I Love a Cop is one of the two books that I insist every police officer must purchase, read, and share."--Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith (ret.), law enforcement trainer, Winning Mind Seminars


"I highly recommend [this book] to mental health professionals, faith-based helpers, peer supporters, and family members. [It offers] invaluable insights and constructive suggestions." (on the second edition)
International Journal of Emergency Mental Health Published On: 2007-01-01

"Police families can, in fact, thrive, and [Kirschman's] got the success stories to prove it. Preparedness is one of the keys to that state, and this book...shows how to get there." (on the second edition)
Library Journal
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About the Author

Ellen Kirschman, PhD, is a police and public safety psychologist, volunteer clinician at the First Responder Support Network, and sought-after speaker and workshop facilitator. Dr. Kirschman is a recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Police and Public Safety Psychology from the Police and Public Safety section of Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) of the American Psychological Association and the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award from the California Psychological Association. She is coauthor of a book for mental health professionals, Counseling Cops, and author of the self-help guides I Love a Cop, Third Edition, and I Love a Fire Fighter, as well as the mystery novels Burying Ben, The Right Wrong Thing, and The Fifth Reflection. She lives in Redwood City, California. Her website is www.ellenkirschman.com. She also blogs with Psychology Today.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07CG8SL8W
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ The Guilford Press; 3rd edition (April 16, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 16, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1459 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 369 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 146253385X
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Dr. Dot Meyerhoff, my protagonist, is a police psychologist, as am I. She's been hired to counsel cops, but she cannot resist getting involved in the crimes they investigate. Too dedicated for her own good, she never gives up and will risk everything, even her life, to see justice done for her clients. My 30 year career as a police psychologist is less dramatic. I have never done some of things Dot has done: breaking and entering, impersonating a public official and assault with a deadly weapon. I would have lost my license.

I started out writing non-fiction. At some point I got tired of reality and thought it would be easier to make things up. It isn't. It's harder, but more fun. Creating characters inspired by real people gives me the opportunity for payback. I get to throw jabs at cops who treated me badly, psychology colleagues who did more harm than good, and two of my ex-husbands.

I still write non-fiction, updating editions of I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know, I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know, and (with co-authors Mark Kamena and Joel Fay) promoting Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know. I'm grateful to have been given awards by the American Psychological Association and the California Psychological Association for my contributions to police and public safety psychology. I also blog with Psychology Today and write an occasional newsletter.

Please stay in touch. Sign up for my newsletter at www.ellenkirschman.com. You'll get a free copy of my mini-memoir describing my brief career as a dance hall hostess as well as reading suggestions, cooking ideas, and modest mentions of my life as a writer. Follow me on Facebook, I post a lot of interesting articles from the world of psychology. As always, if you like my books and are so inclined, please tell your friends, your local library, your local bookstores and/or (this really helps writers) post a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

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