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Protecting Against Stress & Trauma: Research Lessons for Law Enforcement

Event Dates
Event Duration
2 hours 30 minutes
Location
Online

Increased attention has been given to police officer exposure to traumatic events as well as their prolonged involvement in stressful situations, environments, and working conditions. High stress can have precipitous negative effects on an individual’s mental health—including the onset of mental illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and/or anxiety. Moreover, research conducted in other fields of employment have shown that stress and stress-related disorders can cause problems with concentration, memory, and mood, which impacts workplace performance.

In addition, the recently passed H.R. 2228, "Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017" encourages identification of "case studies of programs designed primarily to address officer psychological health and well-being." At this Research for the Real World seminar, NIJ proposes to bring together law enforcement practitioners and leading researchers in the field of stress to discuss the current research evidence and practical benefits of targeted stress-management interventions and how they can promote officer mental wellness. In addition, this gathering can provide an exploration into what additional research is needed to best support officer health and wellness, potentially highlighting priority areas for future research.

Event Type
Seminar
Event Option(s)
Online, On demand
Contact
National Institute of Justice
Presenter(s)
John M. Violanti, Ph.D.
Affiliation
University of New York, Bufallo
Wendy H. Stiver
Affiliation
Dayton Police Department, Dayton, OH
Christopher J.A. Scallon, MPsy, CCISM
Affiliation
Norfolk Police Department
Dan Grupe, Ph.D.
Affiliation
Center for Healthy Minds, University of WisconsinÐMadison
Registration Status
Not Required
Eligibility
​Free and open to all.
Date Created: December 13, 2018