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2012 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III - Session IV

Optimal EAP Counseling Protocol for Police Critical Incidents

Critical incidents are a recognized part of the law enforcement experience. Law enforcement professionals and the mental health workers who counsel them do not have the luxury of time to theorize about how best to deal with the complex problems that arise in the wake of catastrophic events. Practical, logistical and financial constraints make it hard to conduct randomized controlled trials which are the research standard to compare the effectiveness of intervention. Therefore, using the successful practices of others is an efficacious path to evaluating appropriate protocol. Valuable time and resources can be saved and best practice applied efficiently at critical times. This poster presentation describes the existing Employee Assistance Program (EAP) protocol in five metropolitan areas, of similar or larger size than Rochester, for counseling police officers who have been exposed to a “critical incident” (traumatic event). Surveys and follow up interviews were used to ascertain the quantity of EAP visits provided, funding source for EAP services, mandated situations and referral practices, as well as the model of intervention used. Reasons underlying existing protocols were also explored and recommendations provided.

Presenters: Nicole Kramell (The College at Brockport) --
Deborah Lewin (The College at Brockport) --
Topic: Counselor Education - Poster Session
Location: Edwards Hall Lobby
Time: 9 am (Session I)