Police & Law Enforcement Psychology

I have conducted counseling, psychotherapy, and crisis intervention with police officers from all ranks, their spouses, and children since 1995 and have a solid, working relationship with the Law Enforcement Community at the local, state, and federal levels. Currently, and in addition to my independent practice, I am the Department Police Surgeon with the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office in Kingston, New York, and a Police Surgeon with the New York State Troopers PBA.  My work with Law Enforcement Personnel is not confined to “The Job,” but consists of the mix of police “culture”  as well as typical problems of every-day living.

Working as a law enforcement psychologist requires special training and experience.  In that regard I am  a Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS), a designation based upon credentials, training, and experience in crisis intervention by the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists.  I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and hold specialty certifications awarded after coursework in CISM in Emergency Services and in Mass Disasters and Terrorism from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.  I have lectured on police stress and CISM and am a Consulting Psychologist to the Bermuda CISM Team of the Bermuda Police Service in Hamilton, Bermuda.  Currently, I also hold the position of Consulting Psychologist to the Badge of Life Foundation, Inc. [Click here to visit the Badge of Life website], a charitable organization dedicated to prevention of police suicides (Line of Duty Suicides) and education about police stress, depression, PTSD, and suicides in active duty and retired police officers.  In addition, I am a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Citizen’s Academy, Class of 2010.

I have been trained in Critical Incident Stress Management by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) and, for a five-year term, was appointed Managing Editor of their scholarly and peer-reviewed journal, the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, beginning in January, 2004 and, later, Editor, from 2005 through 2008.  After my term as Editor was completed, I was appointed an Associate Editor of the Journal and continue to be involved with journal policy, manuscript review, and writing book reviews.
The final day of the clean-up of Ground Zero, May 30, 2002. Pictured left-to-right are Detective Jose A. Colon, Jr., NYPD (now retired), Deputy Sheriff Sergeant Allen A. Rowe, Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, and Dr. Richard L. Levenson, Jr.

My training in CISM includes being taught by the former Acting Director of the Behavior Science Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James T. Reese, Ph.D., as well as Jeffrey Mitchell, Ph.D., and George Everly, Ph.D., who developed CISM and co-founded the ICISF.  Previously, I held credentials from the American Red Cross as a National Disaster Mental Health Clinician (DSHR; Technician Level).
According to its Mission Statement, “The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. (ICISF) is a non-profit, open membership foundation dedicated to the prevention and mitigation of disabling stress through the provision of: Education, training and support services for all Emergency Services professions; Continuing education and training in Emergency Mental Health Services for Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers and Licensed Professional Counselors; and Consultation in the establishment of Crisis and Disaster Response Programs for varied organizations and communities worldwide.”  [Click here to visit the ICISF website].