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Building & Sustaining an Officer Wellness Program

"...this publication discusses the establishment and operation of a dedicated unit at the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) with the goal of promoting a department-wide culture of wellness, providing support and services when they are needed, and keeping the department healthy. More broadly, working toward these goals will also help the department better serve its community.

In addition to an in-depth examination of the SDPD’s Wellness Unit, this publication includes a literature review on officer safety and wellness and law enforcement agencies’ organizational health. The lessons learned, resources identified, and training and recommendations developed by the Police Executive Research Forum in their observation of the SDPD, will help guide other local agencies that may be interested in setting up similar programs." 

Click here to read the report: 

Police Executive Research Forum. 2018. Building and Sustaining an Officer Wellness Program: Lessons from the San Diego Police Department.Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

The Push to Get Firefighters the Therapy They Need

"...Firefighters, along with police officers, paramedics and lifeguards, make up the bulk of first responders. These populations have been at the center of Jolee Brunton’s work since 1984, when she founded Focus Psychological Services in San Diego with the goal of providing mental health support to people who sometimes see more tragedy in a week than most people see in a lifetime. 

When Brunton started Focus, the mental well-being of first responders received little attention and even less funding..."

Click here to read the article: The Push to Get Firefighters the Therapy They Need

Kazdin, Cole, at September 14, 2018

Tools for relaxation

Free Guided Meditations (Click here)

provided by UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC)

- Each podcast covers a different topic. Issues such as Gratitude, Acceptance, Forgiveness, Courage, & Letting go. Scroll down to find a subject of interest, click on PLAY. Each podcast runs for approximately 30 minutes.

Compassion - Self-compassion - click one of the links below

Expressing Your Feelings Workbook

Theresa L. Crenshaw, M.D. & Roger T. Crenshaw, M.D.

Revised & Edited by Mark Foreman, Psy.D.

San Diego, CA (2016)

Click below to view each chapter of the workbook.


Chapter 1 - Exercising Self Responsibility

Chapter 2 - Scope of Feelings

Chapter 3 - Sequence of Feelings

Chapter 4 - Dealing with Anger

Chapter 5 - Using "I" Language

Chapter 6 - Defensiveness

Chapter 7 - Vunerability

Vocabulary of Feelings


Adverse Childhood Experiences

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on lifelong health, opportunity and future violence victimization and perpetration. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to

  • risky health behaviors,
  • chronic health conditions,
  • lowered immune system response,
  • low life potential, and
  • early death.

Click on the link to hear Dr. Vincent Felitti describes the ACE Study.

As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk for these outcomes.

Click here to determine your ACE Score -

Adverse Childhood Experiences


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