Links for sharing:

Family Resources:

Ellen Kirschman, Ph.D.
‘Author of I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know & I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know
As a clinical psychologist, consultant, and trainer with over twenty years experience working with public safety personnel, their agencies, and their families. Dr. Kirschman has written two books. “I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know” and “I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know” (2004). “I Love a Cop” was first published in 1997. A revised–post 9/​11, post Katrina–edition was released in 2007. It has sold more than 85,000 copies and is used worldwide in police and spousal academies.
Additionally, she is the co-founder, along with Dr. Lorraine Greene, of the website,, funded by a grant from the National Institute of Justice’.
Dr. Kirschman’s work has provided first responders and their families with a foundational understanding of the stressors associated with their jobs. With her direct style and human approach this work offers a true ‘survival manual’ for first responders and the people who love them. If you have not yet had the chance to read this I highly recommend it and refer to it often.

Police Families:
‘Purpose: To provide Law Enforcement families and under served law enforcement communities with essential psychological information and improved access to family support services.’

This inclusive website offers everything from on-line trainings to message boards and chat rooms. There is a wealth of information and resources here for police families. An especially helpful list can be found under resources, recommended reading: .

John M. Violanti, PhD
Research Professor
Department of Social and Preventive Medicine
‘He is a police veteran, serving with the New York State Police for 23 years as a trooper, criminal investigator, and later as a coordinator of the Psychological Assistance Program (EAP) for the State Police’. ~University of Buffalo
Dr. Violanti has been involved in the analysis of stress as well as the overall health of police officers for the past 25 years. He has published multiple articles and books and is considered one of the few experts. You can find several of his articles at:
The law enforcement experience that Dr. Violanti has is evident in his work. He is in touch with the stressors of the officers and genuinely committed to addressing some of the causal factors in a clinical setting while drawing our attention to many of the underlying effects that the stressors of this job have on our officers.

Physiological Resources

Sympathetic Nervous System

Nervous System

Yoga Resources

Yoga is…: Film documentary by Suzanne Bryant

Yoga: Thoughts on beginner’s yoga

Yoga Journal: Everything from free classes to articles.

Blogs to consider:

Books for reference:

Desikachar.T.V.K. The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice Inner Traditions International:1995.
Kaminoff.Leslie. Yoga Anatomy 2nd Edition ( Paper back) The Breath Trust:2007.
Coehlo.Paulo. The Alchemist. Harper Collins Publishing: 1993.