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Emotional Survival

Mar. 28, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuition:  Free
ILEAS Training Center
1701 East Main St.
Urbana, IL 61802
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This course is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

Training Mandates

This course meets state guidelines for the following mandated subject areas:

  • Cultural Competency  (every 3 yrs.)
  • Procedural Justice  (every 3 yrs.)


This training will provide participants with a better understanding of the personal and professional changes that occur across the span of a law enforcement career.  The instructor will focus on emotional dimensions that can shatter overall emotional and physical health, and will offer strategies for maintaining strong personal relationships while minimizing the negative effects of police work.  The seminar will also address the emotional aspects of “police culture” that increase the need for group conformity – making loyalty more important than integrity.

The instructor will discuss how an officer’s initial enthusiasm and desire to professionally contribute can be transformed into negative cynicism, social distrust, and hostility to the world at large and how this significantly impacts the officer’s work performance, decision making, and overall quality of life.  The instructor will also review the impact on the children of law enforcement families in terms of school functioning and health.  The goal of the course is to have law enforcement professionals review the potential impact their careers may have on their personal lives and to develop strategies for overall emotional survival.  The strategies are designed to permit officers to continue functioning effectively and ethically without “burning-out” and without resorting to emotional isolation from friends and colleagues.

Each attendee will receive a free copy of the instructor’s book, Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement:  A Guide for Officers and their Families.


  • How idealistic, committed officers become cynical, angry employees
  • The characteristics and behavior patterns of “emotional victims”
  • The roots of organizational paranoia and malcontentism
  • The effects of over-investment and under-investment behaviors
  • Deterioration of professional and personal life
  • The process of rationalization for inappropriate behavior
  • Maximizing performance and job satisfaction
  • Sustaining personal relationships and professional integrity
  • Ethical decision making and positive survival strategies


Dr. Kevin Gilmartin

Dr. Kevin Gilmartin
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