10 Hours | 10 CEs (4 POST credit)

This self-paced training on Introduction to Police & Public Safety Psychology is presented by Philip Trompetter, PhD, ABPP and Jaime Brower, PsyD.

This training program provides core knowledge, with a sample of applications, of the police and public psychology specialty. Police and public safety psychology (PPSP) is concerned with assisting law enforcement and other public safety personnel and agencies in carrying out their missions and societal functions with effectiveness, safety, health and conformity to laws and ethics. It consists of the application of the science and profession of psychology in four primary domains of practice: Assessment, Intervention, Operational Support and Organizational consultation. This program begins with a history of the specialty followed by descriptions of many of the core proficiencies that define the practice. The course includes examples of PPSP practice such as crisis/hostage negotiations, employer-mandated psychological evaluations, interventions following officer-involved shootings and other activities. Importantly, the course promotes the cultural competence concepts necessary for a psychologist to work effectively with first responders.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the core domains of police and public safety psychology

  • Describe the police cultural milieu

  • Describe how police are trained to respond to threats and describe at least three misconceptions about police use of deadly force

  • Describe the differences between a pre-employment psychological screening and a fitness-for-duty evaluation of a law enforcement officer

  • Describe three examples of police training and consultation topics

Presented By

Philip Trompetter, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Philip Trompetter is a California-licensed clinical psychologist who has had a specialty practice in police and forensic psychology for more than forty years. He is board-certified with the American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP) through the American Board of Professional Psychology, and was president of the ABPPSP board in 2016-2017.

Jaime Brower, PsyD

Dr. Jaime Brower is a licensed clinical psychologist working out of Denver, Colorado. She is American Board Certified as a specialist in the area of Police & Public Safety Psychology. Dr. Brower has devoted her career to working with those in law enforcement, corrections, detentions, fire, military, and other high stress occupations, as well as ensuring the health and wellbeing of their family members. She further specializes in risk and threat assessment, school violence and hostile workplace investigations. Dr. Brower is particularly passionate about training and consulting with agencies regarding best practices for enhancing resiliency and wellness.
  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced course is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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  • 1


    • Welcome

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

  • 3

    A Brief History of Police Psychology

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Core Legal Knowledge

    • Core Scientific Knowledge for Specialists

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Domains of Police Psychology

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Fitness-for-Duty Evaluation Guidelines

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Fitness for Duty Evaluations

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Peer Support Guidelines

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6


    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Preemployment Psychological Evaluation

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Operational Support

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Estimates of Police use of Force

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaulation

    • Submission Verification

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