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Psychological Survival in a Violent Career
Thursday, December 13, 2018 5:45:00 PM UTC - 7:00:00 PM UTC
Duration: 1 hour(s) 15 minute(s)
In this webinar, Dr. Christiansen will discuss some of the relevant issues which affect law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders....
These concepts also apply to those who are affected by secondary traumatization such as crime scene investigators, attorneys and others who are in frequent contact with images or information regarding gruesome acts of violence.  Dr. Christiansen hopes to help those who have been exposed to such information by providing ideas to prevent or inoculate psychological trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder and a plethora of other negative consequences which can result from multiple exposure to crime scenes either directly or through the collection of data for the judicial process.

Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics, EMTs, crime scene investigators and others are frequently exposed to human tragedy on a regular basis yet few have purposely developed a coping strategy for dealing with this repeated exposure.  Dr. Christiansen presents an explanation of how persons come to believe things to be true on a philosophical level, followed by a model of the human brain which helps to explain how trauma affects persons in a profound way.  This philosophical/psychological model is used to show how trauma can negatively affect one’s personal and/or professional life and the various consequences that are often observed in those who do not deal effectively with this repeated exposure.  Dr. Christiansen presents some real life examples of trauma, the negative consequences, and positive steps a person may use to alleviate the emotional toil such exposure may bring.  This webinar is a very brief introduction to Dr. Christiansen’s training “Psychological Survival in a Violent Career” which he has provided to many different agencies.

Detailed Learning Objectives:

1) Persons who participate in the webinar will be able to identify three different ways that persons accept information into their belief systems and consider it to be truth. 

2) Participants will be able to understand the different functions of the right and left hemispheres of the brain and how they respond to trauma. 

3) Participants will be able to identify several negative consequences of exposure to trauma and several healthy ways of coping effectively. 

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event has been provided by the National Institute of Justice.


Dr. David Christiansen
Licensed psychologist in Colorado and has been in private practice for more than 30 years, much of that time devoted to working with first responders by conducting pre-employment evaluations, fit-for-duty evaluations, and providing therapy to many first responders from various disciplines....