1 Hour | 1 CE

This on-demand webinar on Building a Career in Police & Public Safety Psychology is presented by Heather McElroy, PhD, ABPP. 

Police and public safety psychology is recognized by the American Board of Professional Psychology as a specialty area of psychological practice. This program describes this specialty area of psychology and provides an overview of some of the domains including assessment, operations, and consultation. Dr. Heather McElroy, a board-certified specialist in police and public safety psychology, built a career and a business in this specialty area of practice. She describes her career path from graduate school through board certification and the development of her own business. Learn about this niche area of practice and how you can prepare to become a specialist in this increasingly-needed domain.

Presented By

Heather McElroy, PhD., ABPP

Dr. Heather McElroy is a Board Certified Police and Public Safety Psychologist with over 15 years of experience working exclusively with public safety agencies conducting psychological pre-employment screening, fitness for duty evaluations, critical incident debriefing, hostage negotiation, and wellness training. She has been POST certified as a Peace Officer since 2011, and she served as chair of the International Association of Chiefs Of Police Psychological Services Section. She is currently the Education Chair of the Police and Public Safety Section of the Public Service Division of the American Psychological Association and currently serves on the Ethics Committee of the IACP. She serves as a mentor in the early career minority police psychology mentorship group to encourage minority development into leadership positions within the field of police psychology. Her course instruction experience includes training for the National Internal Affairs Investigator’s Association, Georgia Internal Affairs Investigator’s Association, the Georgia Association of Chief’s of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. She has also published articles in Police Chief magazine related to psychological fitness for duty and co-authored a book chapter titled, Social Climate Change and the Modern Police Department: Millennials, Marijuana, and Mass Media.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the steps involved in pursuing a career as a police and public safety psychologist

  • Identify 3 different domains of police and public safety psychology and their primary components

  • Describe the relevant considerations for this specialty, including which organizations to join based on your specific interests

  • Intended Audience

    This on-demand webinar is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This on-demand webinar is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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