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On The Front Lines: Policing and Mental Health
As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, Palo Alto University (PAU) is pleased to present an important conversation addressing the pressing issue of policing and mental health in a panel discussion entitled 'On The Front Lines: Policing and Mental Health'. This event is free and open to the public. 

Nationwide police departments are working to revamp the way officers respond to mental health calls.  As a result, more police departments are teaming with mental health clinicians—including psychologists—out in the field or behind the scenes via crisis intervention training. In addition, increasing attention is being paid to the impact of officer wellness and organizational dynamics on police performance on interactions with the public.

The panel will be moderated by Palo Alto University Vice President for Continuing and Professional Studies, Patricia Zapf, PhD. Dr. Zapf is a forensic clinical psychologist, a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Distinguished Member of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS),  
The panelists are:

Chief Robert Jonsen, Palo Alto Chief of Police, CCT Certified Teacher, UCLA MARC trained Mindfulness Facilitator.

Ellen Kirschman, PhD, “The Cop Doc”. As a clinical psychologist, Kirschman’s specialty is treating first responders, police, and firefighters who are suffering from work-related traumatic stress.

Mark Kamena, PhD, ABPP is board certified in police and public service psychology. He teaches at the Wright Institute in First Responder Psychology.

Angélica Hendrix, AMFT, is a registered Marriage and Family therapist at Integrated Psychological Assessment Services. She is the wife of a former law enforcement officer.

Kathryn Parlet, MS, LPCC, LMFT, AEM, has worked for the County of Santa Clara for over 20 years.

Michelle Hoy-Watkins, PsyD, ABPP, is Board Certified in Police & Public Safety Psychology American Board of Professional Psychology

May 18, 2022 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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