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Ethics, culture, and mental health in policing : A need for new thinking
(Ended 26th Apr 2024)


26th Apr 2024 to 26th Apr 2024

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University of Law Campus, Birmingham
133 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham, B18 6AQ

April 26, 2024, 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM
(Lunch and refreshments provided)

UK police took a record 730,000 mental health sick days in 2022 an increase from 320,000 in 2012/13 and at least 20% of police officers have PTSD or C-PTSD and 60% of these will not be aware or have a diagnosis*

Police mental health is a complex area with many contributing factors but behaving ethically and creating the right culture are increasingly seen as key.  Emerging new science is also highlighting the cumulative, whole body impact of traumatic experiences and how this can compromise decision making and the ability to act ethically.

With growing recognition of the role of moral injury and meaningfulness of work, join our Ethics, Culture and Mental Health in Policing seminar chaired by Neil Woods, author, retired detective sergeant and Chair of Law Enforcement Action Partnership Europe as we hear from experts, educators and practitioners about how new thinking and innovative delivery models can be a key part in addressing the crisis in police mental health.

Hear from Neil’s own experience as a C-PTSD sufferer on the role of ethics and practice in moral injury and where he thinks improvements can be made. Learn from leading edge social justice charity Cranstoun about their work with UK police forces creating positive outcomes and reducing reoffending.  Gain insight into the impacts of negative workplace culture on mental health and how this can be addressed in training for new recruits as we hear from Laura Dutton-Eves, Lecturer in Policing at the University of Salford and Jennifer Schmidt-PetersenCPsychol, SFHEA, Programme & Student Lead, Policing Programmes at the University of Law.

The seminar will conclude as Sarko Gergerian, serving US police lieutenant and practising psychotherapist will join us remotely to teach us about his innovative recovery-oriented, public safety program combining with public health. Grow your understanding of the physiological impacts of job trauma and hear from Sarko about the potential of MDMA Therapy as a treatment for PTSD, it’s imminent approval for use and how it can help serving officers, provided we develop some new thinking.

*The Job the Life, 2018

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