Psychology Colloquium: Psychological Support for Police Officers

Posted on 10/8/2018 10:45:20 AM

The Department of Psychology’s Visiting Scholar, Ian de Terte from Massey University, New Zealand, will present a talk titled “How do we look after those who look after us? Some ideas about how to support police officers” in Uhler Hall, Room 111, on Friday, October 12, 3:30–4:45 p.m.

Frequently, police officers have preconceived ideas about mental health issues, making it extremely difficult for them to accept psychological support. This talk will illustrate the belief systems that police officers may portray and their attitudes toward mental health professionals. We will discuss psychological support for police officers, the occupational trauma they are exposed to, and the mental health difficulties they may experience. Finally, a scientific model that has demonstrated positive results among police personnel in New Zealand will be presented.

About the Speaker

Ian de Terte is associate professor in clinical psychology at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. de Terte’s philosophy is that clinical practice and teaching should be evidence based, and he focuses his research on matters that are directly transferable to everyday situations intersecting clinical psychology and high-risk occupations. He is a former detective with the New Zealand Police and is a reservist (major/clinical psychologist) with the New Zealand Defense Force.

His scholarship can be divided into three main themes: (1) the health/mental health of workers in high-risk occupations (posttraumatic stress); (2) prevention strategies or interventions that moderate or protect against the potential consequences of occupational trauma (psychological resilience/coping strategies); and (3) how clinical psychology can contribute to the domain of high-risk occupations. He has been fortunate to conduct clinical and scholarly projects in Thailand, Pitcairn Islands (British Overseas Territory), United Arab Emirates, and the Philippines.

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