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ERIC Number: ED099717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 12
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Reference Count: 0
Guideline for Psychologists in Police Consultation.
Peterson, Mayfield
This document discusses the need for cooperation and assistance from the psychological professions in law enforcement agencies. The author relates his personal experiences as a consultant to a police department, and outlines several steps to promote and maintain effectiveness within the agency. Mutual respect and a willingness to become a good listener become key components to acceptance within the force. In opening up a line of communication, the consultant must demonstrate to his charges a willingness to take many of the risks which they do. This active involvement in police routine serves two purposes: (1) it helps the consultant develop a sense of confidence in the men with whom he is expected to work; and (2) he is able to gain first hand insight into the problems a policeman encounters in his work. At no time should consultation and psychotherapy become confused. The psychologist must not provide therapy when his contact calls for consultation. A psychological consultant can render an invaluable service by augmenting the effectiveness of policemen in problems ranging from community relations to domestic affairs. (PC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (82nd, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 1974)