Emotional Survival - Consulting / Training
By Kevin M. Gilmartin, Ph.D.
8340 N Thornydale Road #110-314
Tucson, AZ 85741
This presentation is designed to assist law enforcement professionals by the development of behavioral
strategies to inoculate against loss of idealism and inappropriate behavior patterns. It will review the short
and long-term effects on law enforcement officers on both the personal and professional aspects of their
lives. The course will discuss how the initial enthusiasm and desire to professionally contribute can be
transformed into negative cynicism, social distrust and hostility to the world at large that significantly
impacts the professionals work performance, decision-making and ultimately over-all quality of life. The
course will also review the impact on the children of law enforcement families in terms of school
functioning and health. The goal of the course is to have the law enforcement professional review the
potential impact the career causes in the personal life and to develop strategies for overall emotional
survival. The strategies are designed to permit the professional to continue functioning effectively and
ethically without “burning-out” and without resorting to emotional isolation from friends and colleagues.
The course addresses the dynamics that can transform within a matter of a few years, idealistic and
committed officers/employees into cynical, angry individuals who begin having difficulties in both the
personal and professional aspects of their lives. The course outlines the issues that can potentially see
officers engaging in inappropriate behavior patterns and decision-making that leads to both administrative
and can unfortunately in some officers criminal difficulties. The purpose of the class is to provide
information that lets the special assignment officer see how the deterioration process can take place and
what specific preventative strategies can be employed.
The goal of the course is to provide information that lets agencies keep officers committed and engaged in
productive police work. The course also gives information to employees on how not to become a "selfperceived
victim", a descriptor for an officer or employee that spends inordinate amounts of time resenting
and resisting organizational and supervisory directive, as well as, suffering unnecessary destruction in the
personal dimensions of their life.
Experience tells us that most law enforcement agencies have to deal with inappropriate behavior on the part
of some officers or employees who previously had exemplary records, yet we find that agencies typically
do not offer training in attempting to preserve idealism, motivation and overall emotional survival for it’s
This course is presented at all FBI LEEDS and Executive Development Institutes at the FBI Academy in