Seminars

SEMINARS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
The seminars are one day classes. Content can be abbreviated for shorter classes.

PERFORMANCE UNDER EXTREME STRESS: IMPLICATIONS FOR TRAINING AND INVESTIGATIONS

Dr. Artwohl will present a detailed analysis of the psychological dynamics of police combat and other extreme stress incidents. This includes perception, memory, decision making, and the complex relationships between the human beings involved: offenders, officers, the agency, the community. Understanding these dynamics will help agencies improve their training, reduce the many risk factors involved in use of force incidents, and maximize the accuracy of their investigations. She will review many research studies from the areas of psychology, sociology, biology, law enforcement, and investigations. She will discuss the latest research specific to perceptual and memory distortions in officer involved shootings, including her articles: “Perceptual and Memory Distortions in Officer Involved Shootings” published in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin in October 2002, and “No Recall of Weapons Discharge” published in the Law Enforcement Executive Forum, March, 2003.   In addition to reviewing the research, she will foster discussion on the implications of the research on training and investigations.

IT’S A TOUGH JOB

Stress is an inevitable part of all employment. For police officers these sources of stress include critical incidents on the street and organizational stressors inside their agency. Personal stressors also take their toll as they do for everyone. During this one-day class Dr. Artwohl will review the research that specifically analyzes the mental health of police officers and will present findings that you may find surprising. She will then present strategies for coping and fostering stress resistance. Her information is based on solid current research.

Dr. Artwohl does not provide expert witness testimony. She can provide referrals to other experts upon request.