I give seminars and workshops all over the world. I've traveled to four different countries and twenty-two states. I hold workshops for first responders and their families and for the clinicians, chaplains, and peer supporters who work with them. And now, with the advent of my first published mystery, I'm helping cops and fire fighters put their experiences into words.
Dr. Joel Fay (www.joelfay.com) and I have a new day long workshop. We call if Behind the Badge: Strengthening Your Law Enforcement Family. Our aim is to provide a program that looks at the concerns, responsibilities and ideas for change that both spouses and officers can use. We use some quick interactive tools that couples start at the program and finish together when they get home. We’re not doing therapy, obviously, but we do want to provide the basis for further couple discussion. Our presentation is fast-paced, laced with videos, some funny, some serious, to illustrate the points we’re making. We use a lot of humor and aim for a positive, strength-based approach, instead of the pathological approach that is too dreary for words and doesn’t sell well with cops or their families. (Can’t blame them).
What audiences and workshop participants are saying
"...About your talk today, I got all this wonderful credit because you were so charming. Thank you. You will be a hard act to follow." Audrey Guerin, Coordinator of Lunch & Learn.
"Ellen is one of the most engaging speakers I've ever listened too, and I can't wait to read her books." A lunch and learn participant.
"You were wonderful. Just what the doctor ordered for our brave community outreach team who need to keep their work in a larger perspective, and need to be able to laugh with informed others." Jim Bronson, Director, Community Outreach and Education, Kara (Grief Support for People and Organizations).
"Thank you so much for being a guest on my show, Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!...You were amazing and offered such insights to our listeners regarding the lives of cops and firefighters. Thanks for the work you do to help the families thrive." Host, Cynthia Brian.
"People are still talking about that evening [Family event following the deaths of five officers in one month]. You did an excellent job--hit the right topics, addressed pertinent issues, gave specific and practical suggestions, etc. Thanks again." Seattle PD, 2009.
"When [my son] graduated from the Seattle Police Department Academy last summer he was given your book, “I Love a Cop” by the Police Chief. He handed the book off to me… After having read the book I ‘paid it forward’ to his girlfriend.... Since she would see him everyday and be a part of his daily life I felt it important for her to read too! [She] read the book,soaked it all in and assured me that she felt better equipped to cope with the life of a police officer....Following the shooting of the 4 Tacoma officers, the Seattle Police Department offered a seminar for the spouses/significant others with you as the keynote speaker. [My son and his girlfriend] attended the seminar and LOVED hearing you speak..." LH 2009.
"I attended the meeting in Seattle last month and really enjoyed hearing you speak...Thank you for all of your great advice and conversation...PT 2009
"Seeing how research data can be brought to life for an audience that is usually uninterested in research. Dr. Kirschman is a wizard at using the language of Law Enforcement and the examples from LE life to illustrate concepts she wants to get across." Staff member, Dept. of Corrections, 2009.
"Just to tell you again how much I enjoyed your presentation. The presentation, itself, is so valuable, and, as a presenter, you are so very engaging!" JH, Police Chaplain, 2009
"Your evaluations from students were exceptional! Without a doubt, your class was the most successful. Thank you very much." Dr. Agi Schenley, Coordinator, Crisis Intervention Training, Santa Clara County, California, 2009.
"Thanks again for your wonderful presentation at the suicide conference. I enjoyed it, particularly watching how you interact with the sworn. I could easily see how you have been successful in the field of providing services for law enforcement." Dr. E. White, LASD.
"I have worked with Ellen and could not recommend anyone better. She has worked extensively with PTSD and traumatized emergency workers in all occupations and speaks with tremendous insight, knowledge and good humor. I have heard her presentations. She is a gifted speaker and holds an audience completely. Her credentials speak for themselves, her credibility is without question, and you would be very fortunate to have her in this role." Andy O'Hara, Executive Director Badge of Life, Retired Sgt. California Highway Patrol.
"Just wanted to send a note of thanks for speaking at our workshop. I have received a lot of positive comments from our folks on their evaluation form for the workshop. You came up as one of their favorite speakers. One employee told me he was glad that his boss made him come. From what I am hearing, folks enjoyed your exercise and some have stated that it helped to open better communications with their spouses. I wanted you to know that you did have an impact on folks." J.H. National Fire Service, San Diego
"You have tremendous credibility and a grasp of the subject that really comes through..."Chief Susan Manheimer, San Mateo Police Dept.
"[Dr. Kirschman was] relaxed, confident, good-natured, deeply knowledgeable, articulate and well organized." G.O.
"I thoroughly enjoyed your keynote and only wish I had the opportunity to attend your seminar. I hope to see you again at another "major" fire service training event. L.S.
"Dr. Ellen Kirschman is an eloquent and effective speaker...her seminar on well-being and resilience....was stimulating, refreshing and enlightening. Her concept of self-care... was incorporated as an essential element in [our] "Caring Workforce " campaign. Psychological Services Group, Hong Kong Police Force.
"Thank you for a week filled with information...It was an honor being in the presence of such rich experience and passion for law enforcement...." J.N.
"I met you at the [Public Safety Family Support Symposium] in San Rafael. I wanted to thank you again for speaking to us. It was a great day, and I think everyone took something positive away...Thank you again for all that you do -- your work is very near and dear to my heart." Heidi H.
"Dr. Kirschman presented a solid afternoon of tangible information... Her expertise and passion...brought about understanding and hope, relieving feelings of isolation...Her time here was valuable and appreciated by all....We are looking forward to more in the future." Trilby Brannon / Founder-Bridges of Hope for Families, Inc.
First Annual Retreat for Law Enforcement Wives.
"... really interesting, informative, and enjoyable. You are really a terrific speaker, so relaxed and personal while imparting such important information... I learned a lot I hadn’t realized I didn’t know!"
"Candid and funny. She knows law enforcement."
"Very good, very responsible presenter."
"Very knowledgeable. She knows our culture and what it does to us, and she knows the solutions for a fix."
"Great presenter, great class."
"Worth my time. I would attend again."
"Presenter was genuinely caring and very positive."
"She was dynamite! Her enthusiasm, clarity and use of examples
were very helpful."
"Easy to listen to and talk to. Great sense of humor."
"Organized and amusing."
"This lady is a real professional. She had our full attention for the entire evening."
"Lively and animated."
"She's straight forward and doesn't beat around the bush."
"Candid and helpful understanding some of the emotional burdens facing police."
"Got me to think."