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* - Understanding Law Enforcement: The Culture and All that Comes with It

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

Approval: Approved for 1 PDH in Domains II, III (1 CE for NBCC and NAADAC)

Presenter:  John Becker, MHS-C, CTR, CEAP (former Detective Sergeant) Session

Description: A culture exists within the law enforcement community that is unique from that of any other professions. This program identifies, defines, and discusses the culture of law enforcement professionals. It will highlight the cultural norms that exist, as well as examine how, over time, being a police officer, changes an individual. The program will provide attendees with a comprehensive analysis of how being good at their job, and assimilating to the cultural norms of their profession, can result in negative consequences in the personal life of a police officer. Additionally, the program looks at the coping methods, both healthy and harmful; police officers employ to manage the stress, anxiety, and trauma in their work and personal life.

Presenter Bio: John Becker Jr. has experience as a police officer, clinician, and outreach professional. John also possesses a personal understanding of substance abuse among first responders, having overcome addiction in his own life. He is the Treatment & Outreach Administrator for the First Responder Addiction Treatment (FRAT) program at the Livengrin Foundation.

John holds a B.S. in Behavioral Health Counseling and a Master’s Degree in Human Services. While in law enforcement, John worked as a patrolman, patrol Sergeant and Detective Sergeant. He served as his department’s lead criminal investigator. John spent ten years as a member of the Moreland Area Emergency Response Team (SWAT) and was sworn as a Special County Detective for Narcotics Investigations. John has investigated all types of criminal activity including theft, assault, sexual assault, bank robbery and homicide. John is the Clinical Director of the Montgomery County (PA) Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team and certified by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) for individual and group interventions. John is a Certified Trauma Responder (CTR) and board member for the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS). He is also a member of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) and the National Police Suicide Foundation. John continues to provide training and education to agencies and organizations throughout the United States, on topics such as stress, trauma, suicide, and addiction, as they relate to first responders.