Email
Emailfacebooktwittertwittertwitter

Growing Old in a Young Person’s Profession Pt. 1

One of the great pleasures of a long-lived career as a police psychologist is watching officers as they grow from wide-eyed, eager rookies to a more settled version of themselves. From recruitment to retirement, police work changes people and affects their families. A...

read more

Women in Policing: How It Feels to Be a Reluctant Hero

Women in law enforcement face continuing doubts about their ability to be as brave, competent, and dedicated as their male counterparts. How we respond in a life-threatening crisis may be hard to predict. One woman may have exceeded expectations. Being hailed as a...

read more

How to Make Love Last Past Valentine’s Day and Date Night

Research shows that durable, happy relationships need daily doses of positivity. To strengthen your relationship, find out what feels like affection to your mate, because it may not be the same for you. Your relationship can deepen with small, spontaneous acts of love...

read more

Married to a Cop? Their Stress Can Become Yours

Traumatic stress is contagious. You can catch it from your mate. This has important implications for first responder families. Mouse studies suggest that males and females destress differently. Female mice destress in the company of an unstressed mouse. Males do not....

read more

Is Being a Cop (or Anything Else) a Job or an Identity?

My colleague, Coach Bruce Sokolove of Field Training Associates, sent me a link to an article by Arthur C. Brooks titled, "A Profession Is Not a Personality." His subtitle? “Reducing yourself to any single characteristic, whether it be your title or your job...

read more

Is Fear Your Friend, Foe, or Both?

Some fears keep us safe. Others cause distress. Can you tell the difference? Famous author Stephen King is the author of 81 books, including an excellent craft book titled On Writing. It’s a book I’ve read several times since I switched from writing...

read more

Archives

Subscribe to the Blog

Ellen addresses real-life police procedurals, psychology, and the world of writing. Don't miss a single post.

Sign up for my newsletter

Sign up and get a free copy of a mini-memoir of my brief career as a dance hall hostess as well as reading suggestions, cooking ideas, and modest mentions of my life as a writer.

Note: this is a private list—your email address will not be shared, and you can unsubscribe at any time.