Date of Award
Megan A. Robb, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, NCC Chair
Dr. Jayashree George, DA, ATR-BC, LMFT
E.M. "Shelly" Goebl-Parker, MSW, LCSW, ATR-BC
This research explored mental health interventions within the police. There is a need for mental health in law enforcement (O’Hara, 2018; Blue Help, 2019; Waters & Ussery, 2007; Mohandie & Hatchert, 1999; Miller, 1999; Violanti, 2010). Having been a law enforcement officer myself, I have experienced the stigma and the need of mental health care. I used a cross-sectional survey design to obtain further information on police officers in a Midwest county in the United States to assess the need for mental health interventions. I created response artwork prior to obtaining the survey results (to help assess and sort through my biases) and immediately following (in order to process the results with clarity). Findings include a warranted lack of trust that most officers seem to have in both the mental health industry and within their departments; a high presence of uncertainties among officers regarding fears and negative stigmas associated with seeking professional counseling; and barriers to seeking therapy in the law enforcement community depicting a sense of fear related to misunderstanding, repercussion, and judgment.
Reinard, Lizzi Varga, "Assessing the Need for Mental Health Interventions Within the Law Enforcement Community" (2020). Art Therapy Counseling Final Research Projects. 4.