Officer Stress Week 3 Dis 2 (Mar)
External in nature that causes both
physical and emotional strain upon the body. The late Hans Selye, who is known
as "the father of stress research," defined stress as a nonspecific
response of a body to demands placed on it.
To help officers deal with stress and its effects, a comprehensive wellness
program is needed that should include five elements: (1) physical fitness, (2)
stress management, (3) psychological and mental health, (4) nutrition and
dietary-related behaviors, and (5) alcohol/chemical dependency.
Police agencies need a comprehensive wellness program to assist officers in
coping with stress, but if that fails or is absent, an employee assistance
program (EAP) should be available to help officers to cope with alcohol and
substance abuse, psychological problems such as depression, or family
Read the Employee Assistance Program – The Police Notebook
and address the following:
- Why has the University of Oklahoma Police Department
established an EAP, and how does the program work?
- What portions of the EAP presented did you find
particularly helpful? Why?
- What portions should be expanded? Why?
- In your opinion, do you think either a comprehensive
wellness program or an EAP helps with officer stress? Why or why not?
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Why has the University of Oklahoma
Police Department established an EAP, and how does the program work?
The Employee Assistance Program
(EAP) provides professional and confidential help to faculty, staff, and their
family members who are facing challenges. The purpose of the EAP is to help the
employee find the best resources to deal with his or her particular problem.
The EAP, in cooperation with the employee, does an assessment about the nature
of the problem and the best avenue for help (The University of Oklahoma Human
What portions of the EAP presented
did you find particularly helpful? Why?
What I find most helpful in
regarding the EAP is the fact that it is available to all household members and
dependents. Personally, I believe that this is great because most times it may
take a wife or husband, son or daughter, aunt or uncle, to reach out to these
sources for help when that individual officer is in denial that he or she may
have a problem. Rather its stress, drug or alcohol problems, anger issues,
depression, etc. Sometimes it take significant other, particularly a family
member, to step in and get the help they needed that would assist their family.
The first step in problem resolution is admitting that there is a problem and
being willing to get help.
What portions should be expanded?
I happen to notice that this EAP
includes up to 3 counseling sessions for officers and their eligible dependents
or household members at no cost. However, I don’t believe having just 3
sessions will be enough to fix the problem. Therefore, this portion of the
Employee-Assistance- Program should be expanded. The expansion of sessions will
allow officers and their families to feel as if they are really getting the
help that they need. I would suggest it be broken into three phases over the
course of maybe six sessions; a 2 session per phase type thing. The first phase
phase would introduce people involve and the issue, second phase would be the
options to resolution phase, and the final phase could be like a follow up to
that resolution. Families would benefit more with expanded sessions allowing
them to voice their concerns and hash out all problems that not only effects
the officer but also his or her love ones.
In your opinion, do you think either
a comprehensive wellness program or an EAP helps with officer stress? Why or
Personally, I think for some it does
help and for others no. I say that because some peoples pride get in their way
and they feel as if they don’t need anyone else stepping into their business
and or family business. As I mentioned before, some people wont admit that they
have a problem or a problem with stress and may need other alternatives to
reach their happiness. For others who seek help and are willing to cooperate
with the program and all that it offers then yes, it will work.
The University of Oklahoma Human
Resources, (2015). Employee Assistance Program.
Retrieved from http://evok.hr.ou.edu/Healthy-Sooners/Employee-Assistance-Program.