Cop Counselors | 2000
Exposed to more traumas in a month than the general public experiences in a lifetime, cops have a higher incidence of substance abuse, divorce and suicide. Today across the country, counselors and therapists are speaking out --- it's time to help cops deal with emotional trauma before careers are ruined and lives are lost. But it's a difficult task to win the trust of a police officer whose suspicion of the psychological profession runs deep.
Viewers meet three counselors who are changing the stigma of cops seeking help: Stephanie Samuels is an independent therapist who works with cops through a referral system. Bill Gente, quit the force and started the Members Assistance Program after skyrocketing suicide rates in the NYPD. Forrest Fulton runs a model Behavioral Sciences Unit using outside therapists, cop-to-cop support groups and advocates for cops.