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The Cop Doc: Ellen Kirschman

Ellen and Kristin discuss her work with first responders and her popular mystery series about Police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff.

About Ellen Kirschman:

People call me the cop doc. I’ve been a clinical psychologist far longer than I’ve been a mystery writer. My specialty is treating first responders, cops and fire fighters who are suffering with work-related traumatic stress. My protagonist, police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff is a spunky, 50 plus year old who takes orders from no one, including her chief. I named her after my mother and grandmother. Dot and I share some traits, but we’re definitely not the same. She’s younger, thinner, investigates crimes when she should be counseling cops and has some skills I don’t need: breaking and entering, impersonating a public official, and assault with a deadly weapon. Too dedicated for her own good, not to mention stubborn, impulsive, and full of self-doubt, Dot never gives up on anyone which is important because cops are difficult clients. They hate reaching out for help because it makes them feel weak and they don’t trust outsiders, especially “shrinks.”

I started my writing career with non-fiction and I’m still at it. Along the way I’ve earned awards from The California Psychological Association for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology and the American Psychological Association for Outstanding Contribution to Police and Public Safety Psychology.

After my third book, I began to wonder if it wouldn’t be easier to make things up. It isn’t. In fact it’s harder although it’s more fun because it gives me the opportunity to take pot shots at nasty cops, unethical psychologists and a few of my ex-husbands.

I’m a transplanted New Yorker. I’ve been living in Northern California since the summer of love. When I’m not writing, teaching, or volunteering as a clinician at the First Responders Support Network, I’m at the gym, in the kitchen, or traveling. I blog at Psychology Today, serve on the Northern California board of Mystery Writers of America, and belong to Sisters-in-Crime, Public Safety Writers Association, The American Psychological Association, and psychological services section of The Association of Chiefs of Police.

One Man’s Journey Through Trauma with Chris Fields

Listen in as Barry Toone and Kristin speak with Chris Fields about his mental health journey.

Chris served over 31 years with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, promoting through the ranks he retired as a Major in 2017. Chris was captured in a photo that became an iconic symbol of the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995 when he was cradling the body of 1yr old Baylee Almon.

Chris discusses the brutal realities of a life spent responding to citizens in their darkest hours. Routinely placing others before himself and representing the greater good in all of us. Chris tells a story of his life, his 31 years of public service and how that day in 1995 all combined to take a toll on his life and his family, he suffered in silence for many years.

Now he shares how he took control and his journey out of the suffering in hopes of helping other first responders avoid the failure, the pitfalls and to reach out.

The Power of Healing with Horses

This show is for our heroes and their families who are on the front lines: Our First Responders. The services that our armed forces and first responders provide to all Americans are too numerous to mention. The sacrifices their families make are equally as important. The honor of being able to provide these services and activities is the least we can do for all of them.

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