I Love a Fire Fighter, Second Edition: What the Family Needs to Know Second Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1462546534
ISBN-10: 1462546536
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"I laughed and cried as I read this book--the personal experiences and insights really spoke to me. I had so many 'aha!' moments! I am left with a sense that I am not alone, and I now have tools to navigate the fire service world."--Chris S., fire fighter spouse

"My husband started his career as a volunteer/reserve and eventually worked his way to Fire Chief. I have referred to this book every step of the way and found it to be a priceless source of knowledge and guidance. Over the years, I have recommended and given this book to dozens of spouses and family members as the top resource for understanding this unique culture and lifestyle. There is no other guide as complete as this one!"--Kelly B., Fire Chief spouse

"The fire service culture is rich, unique, and full of tradition. Dr. Kirschman takes you through the interpersonal dynamics and lifestyle challenges that fire fighters face, and gives you real-world perspectives and advice."--Kristen Wheldon, PsyD, President, Fire Service Psychology Association

"My fire fighter is retired now, but if we had to do it all again, this book would have been a priceless roadmap for many of the problems and emotions that we encountered throughout her career. The fire service is unlike any other profession--this is a 'must read' for all current and future fire fighters and the people who love them."--Lisa H., fire fighter spouse

"Dr. Kirschman offers helpful insights into how fire fighters think, how the work can affect them, and how to take action for a healthy fire family. Not only is this book informative, it is also enjoyable to read. It is written in a conversational, no-nonsense style that makes you feel like you're engaging with the author. Each chapter includes strategies from seasoned fire fighters and their family members, as well as Dr. Kirschman’s extensive experience. The robust list of resources will help you continue improving your relationships and well-being."--Stephanie M. Conn, PhD, First Responder Psychology, Beaverton, Oregon; author of Increasing Resilience in Police and Emergency Personnel

“This is a well-written handbook to help families of firefighters understand, mitigate, and possibly prevent many of the physical and mental health problems faced by firefighters. This second edition offers new chapters, including one on the unique stress of fighting wildfires, and also goes into greater detail on mitigating emotional trauma….A useful resource to clinicians and families alike.”
Doody’s Review Service Published On: 2021-09-09

"Dr. Kirschman offers cogent tips for dealing with the spillover between work and home....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 first edition)
International Journal of Emergency Mental Health Published On: 2007-01-01

"Definitely a must read for supervisors and administrators of fire and emergency services, both volunteer and career. Also, this is an important book for professional psychologists rendering services to fire personnel, their families and organizations." (on the first edition)
Atlantic OccuPsych Published On: 2005-01-01

"A very welcome resource for the fire service. Every fire recruit should give a copy to his or her family on the first day of training." (on the first edition)
FireWork Published On: 2005-01-01

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; author of the self-help guides I Love a Cop, Third Edition, and I Love a Fire Fighter, Second Edition; and writes a mystery series featuring police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff. She also blogs with Psychology Today and writes a newsletter. Her website is www.ellenkirschman.com.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ The Guilford Press; Second edition (June 24, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1462546536
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1462546534
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.53 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1.13 x 9 inches
  • 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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