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CopShock, Second Edition: Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Paperback – September 1, 2008
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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
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.
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For those who did not read the first edition, Kates is concise and to the point as he discusses what PTSD is and how it occurs from internalized reactions of horror to a critical incident or from an accumulation of events. The confusion into which officers are thrown in many situations is well laid out (the officer who "doesn't shoot" experiencing trauma like the officer who does, for example).
"What to Do About CopShock" remains a tremendously valuable chapter. Kates encourages officers to set up a support system before a critical incident occurs, which includes friends and family, peer counselors and therapists and support groups. "Preparing for the inevitable," says Kates, "puts officers in control during a period when control is sometimes taken away." This is life-saving advice. Along with sound observations and advice, he offers several excellent self-tests and evaluations and an extensive list of resources available to officers. Additionally, he points out that the exploring of early life events, prior to employment, can further aid them in coping with future incidents.
One important addition is a chapter on officers dealing with their 9/11 experiences, particularly cases in which the symptoms did not display for years after. This is an important chapter not only because it describes the struggles faced by officers, anywhere, who may be faced with a delayed onset, but it describes the role played by POPPA, an organization for NYPD officers that continues to offer not only peer support but a broad range of services, volunteers and referrals. This nonprofit organization is a classic example for everyone of how much can still be done across the country in broadening mental health care and support for emergency workers. Their new approaches illustrate that it is NOT time to "close the patent office" on suicide prevention programs and that new ideas are vital. The chapter on "Resiliency" is also a new, thoughtful chapter that offers some well considered suggestions on developing what the author calls a "resilience" to future traumatic events. It's not, he notes, something you merely assume you have--he provides an excellent inventory for self evaluation and planning. The suggestions are excellent, such as broadening one's viewpoint, acceptance, considering support groups, and taking advantage of a mental health professional to develop a healthy strategy for moving ahead.
It was hard to improve on the original edition of CopShock, but Allen Kates has done it superbly.
by Andy O'Hara, Badge of Life
I highly recommend this well-written, powerful book. CopShock is a must-read for mental health professionals, health care workers, police officers, fire fighters, emergency workers, and their families and friends. Allen Kates compelling, real-life stories, bring alive the accumulative effect of trauma that police officers encounter on the job, and the chaos and devastation it brings to many lives.
CopShock should be included in the training curriculum of law enforcement officers, fire-fighters, and emergency workers to arm them with the skills to ward off the downhill spiral from on-the-job stress, and to help the psychologically wounded recover. It also includes a comprehensive list of references for additional support.
Sandra Dixon, PMHCNS-BC, author of The Invisible Girl: Uncovering Repressed Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse. Listed on Amazon.com
Author Allen R. Kates has done an exceptional job educating all of those who serve by shaping and defining the stories of those officers and firefighters wounded psychologically in the line of duty.
The story telling is in the words of the wounded warriors and includes an extensive network of references. The 6 self tests on conditions like depression, PTSD and panic are a "must" for those in service who are daily assaulted by traumatic stress exposure and traumatic stress wounding.
If you want to find a gift for someone you know who serves, then this book gets you pumped up about unlocking the mystery of PTSD and the effect it has on your inner workings.
For firefighters, the story of "Jimmy Brown" and his journey into and out of depression after 9/11 as a serving F.D.N.Y. Fire Fighter shows that you can find help.
The "backdraft" of feelings that goes with being a front line firefighter in the H.O.T. (Hazardous Overload of Thoughts) zone of the work you face daily can be overwhelming and confusing. When you open up the inch and a half between your head and your heart and do up your "Bunker Coat" you will find yourself reading "CopShock, Second Edition" more than one time and not be disappointed.
"CopShock, Second Edition" is written in common sense language. Kates has changed the direction of the American Fire Service by his clear writing and delivery on a subject he has researched for years for all "First Responders".
Get Connected, Stay Connected, Get the book. We at North American Fire Fighter Veterans Network ([...]) strongly recommend this book for all wounded warriors and those who want to know how to prevent PTSD before it begins.
Senior Chief Shannon H. Pennington
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Thank you Mr. Kates!