Training

In addition to psychological assessment of public safety applicants, Dr. Leeb offers a variety of training programs that have been presented to such organizations as the Johns Hopkins Police Training Institute, the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, The Prince George’s County (Maryland) Chiefs of Police Association, the New Jersey Chiefs of Police Association, the University of Maryland Police Training Academy, and the New Hampshire State Police Training Academy. In addition to the programs listed below, specialized training programs can be developed for your agency.

A Primer On Mental Illness And Special Populations For Police Officers (All Personnel)

This day-long course will familiarize everyone, from recruits in training, to officers on the street, to public safety administrators, with a range of specific mental disorders (morning session) and other special populations (afternoon session) that they are likely to encounter. During the morning session participants will develop a basic understanding of the various types of mental illness, including schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, dementia, and conduct disorder, among others. In addition, a comprehensive overview of personality disorders will be emphasized. Participants will learn the likely underlying causes and motivations for each disorder as well as methods and techniques of intervention for each, increasing their effectiveness when confronted with emotionally disturbed citizens and thereby reducing risk to themselves as well as to the citizens with whom they work.

The afternoon program teaches officers about the various types of special-needs citizens they may encounter in the field. Approaching, recognizing, and managing such citizens properly is critical to avoiding needless aggressive action, reduces risk, and promotes a more positive image of policing on the street. Topics include citizens who may have epilepsy, diabetes, neurological disorders, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, and other difficulties.

Stress and Anger Management For Public Safety Officers (All Personnel)

Upon completion of this all-day program, participants will understand more completely the mechanisms of stress and anger and how they can affect their daily functioning. A comprehensive review of the physiological and emotional mechanisms of stress and anger are presented, along with specific ways to manage these natural processes before, during, and after encountering them.

Psychological Effects of Background Investigations On Subjects and Investigators (Background Investigators, Supervisors, and Administrators)

This program reviews the psychological effects that background investigations have on both the subject of an internal-affairs investigation as well as on the investigators. Participants will learn specific information about the emotional toll of IA investigations, as well as how best to manage these events. Emphasis is placed on maximizing effectiveness as an investigator while maintaining emotional health. Stress management issues and techniques, such as the concept of “burnout” and what can be done about it, will also be covered.

Psychological Assessment of Police Officer Candidates (Background Investigators, Supervisors, and Administrators)

This course presents a detailed look at the psychological assessment of police officer candidates. A history of police testing and departmental responsibility/liability is discussed, along with the essential psychological underpinnings of the assessment process and a review of typical test instruments. Critical background, historical and behavioral issues, and indicators of future success or failure in policing are discussed in detail. The implications of various types of psychopathology are discussed, as are possible outcomes for a variety of test profiles. At the end of this course, participants will understand the importance and utility of psychological assessment in the recruitment and hiring process and be better informed regarding vital background, historical, and behavioral information in a candidate’s past.

Psychological Fitness For Duty Assessments – What Are They, And Why Bother? (Supervisors and Administrators)

At the end of this course participants will be better able to recognize impending or actual psychological difficulties in supervisees, colleagues, or themselves. A thorough review of psychological issues in policing, along with their implications for affecting the performance of personnel on the job, will be discussed. Signs of possible psychological distress in active-duty law-enforcement personnel will be covered (including the phenomenon of “burnout”) along with potential effects on professional and personal lives. Appropriate techniques for referral, as well as assessment and treatment procedures, will be discussed. Liability issues will be presented, along with a review of legal caselaw (for informational purposes only) regarding this topic.

The Psychology of Terrorism (All Personnel)

At the conclusion of this presentation participants will better understand the psychological underpinnings of terrorism. A review of the history of terrorism and the various types of terrorists, along with individual case studies, will be followed by a discussion of current terrorist motivations, behaviors, and attitudes as well as terrorist group strengths and weaknesses.

For information about any training program or to discuss a course custom-designed for your agency, please contact Dr. Jack Leeb at 301 593-9191 or drleeb@policetest.com