CopShock should become required reading for every member of every police department in the country, if not the world. At the very least it should be made part of the mandated curricula in every police recruit training program and placed on every supervisory promotion exam bibliography. The book can be as meaningful as a bulletproof vest, because PTSD is a greater cop killer than all the guns ever fired at police officers. --Lt. James F. Devine (Ret.), CSW, CASAC, CEAP, former director of NYPD Counseling Services
Allen Kates is one of the first to dramatically expose the stresses on some of the most important people in our society: police officers. As crime and other disasters increase in our society, we need our police officers more and more. Yet every year we are losing increasing numbers of police officers to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, depression, substance abuse, violence, suicide, and other stress related problems. As Kates continually stresses, we need to take better care of police officers, the people who are preserving our lives, if not for their sakes, for our own. --Aphrodite Matsakis, Ph.D., author of 9 books on trauma and PTSD
As clinicians... we are only too aware of the pain and suffering that many officers face after a traumatic incident. All too often, many officers keep their pain hidden, thus creating a fertile climate for PTSD. Allen Kates' book is a poignant, descriptive, and accurate portrayal of PTSD and its effects on those who have been traumatized. He lists a wonderful variety of help sources for police officers and their families. We encourage all emergency service workers and family members, not just those in law enforcement, to read this book, for it will help the reader to become more sensitive to the rigors of the job. --Ronnie M. Hirsh, Ph.D., Director, Manhattan Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates, LLC
About the Author
Allen R. Kates, BCECR, MFAW, is a trauma expert and journalist. He is Board Certified in Emergency Crisis Response (BCECR) by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and has earned certificates in critical incident stress debriefing and management, suicide intervention, PTSD therapy, resiliency, crisis intervention and victimology. He was trained in crisis intervention by the Pima County Attorney's Victim Witness program, and helped victims of crime cope with tragedies such as robberies, beatings, rapes and murders. In this capacity, he worked closely with police officers.
Kates is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), and is author of the book CopShock, Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), first and second editions, and co-author with Sharon Knutson-Felix of Gifts My Father Gave Me, Finding Joy After Tragedy, a book on grief, loss and healing. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing (MFAW), and is a writing coach, editor and writer who helps others succeed with their book manuscripts.