ERIC Number: EJ950529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Walk in Balance: Training Crisis Intervention Team Police Officers as Compassionate Warriors
Chopko, Brian A.
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, v6 n4 p315-328 2011
Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) were developed to enable law enforcement officers to effectively and compassionately respond to calls involving people experiencing psychiatric distress. Mental health professionals responsible for training CIT officers are in a unique position to promote the compassionate treatment of those experiencing psychiatric distress as well as the well-being of the police officers themselves. Fostering spiritual connections and a compassionate-warrior mindset may enhance the training of CIT officers. This article includes descriptions of creative interventions including the use of historical compassionate-warrior comparisons, fictitious stories, and spiritual symbols. These techniques are based on warrior codes of groups such as samurai warriors, martial artists such as Shaolin Kung Fu, medieval knights, Native Americans, and the U.S. military.
Descriptors: Crisis Intervention, Police, Police Education, Religious Factors, Altruism, Mental Disorders, Well Being, Subcultures, Asian History, Asian Culture, Medieval History, American Indian Culture, Armed Forces, Creative Activities
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