Dealing with the Emotionally Disturbed for Law Enforcement
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM US Eastern
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM US Central
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM US Mountain
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM US Pacific
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM GMT

Presented by

Dennis L. Conroy, Ph.D.
This will allow you to provide the exact same training and information to those from your organization who were not able to attend the live training event. All virtual training events are recorded (audio and visual), including the question-and-answer session. This recording is available 24/7 over a secure Internet connection for 30 views/visits for up to 6 months following the live event.


Dealing with a mentally ill person poses unique and potentially fatal threats to police officers.  You can not assume your normal day to day communication style will work when dealing with an individual suffering from mental illness.
Join Dennis L. Conroy, Ph.D., as he shares insights learned from 30 years service on the St Paul Police Department (recently retired) combined with 25 years of clinical experience as a Licensed Psychologist. 
This virtual training event will familiarize police officers with a variety of mental illnesses, and assist them in more effectively dealing with the mentally ill in performing their duties.
Upon completion of the virtual training event you will be able to:
  • describe the concept of mental illness;
  • describe a variety of chronic mental illnesses with symptoms of each; and
  • identify patterns of police involvement with the mentally ill.
Sgt. Conroy will cover:
  • Understanding the mentally ill;
  • The top 6 myths about mental illness;
  • Officer involvement with the mentally ill;
  • The 7 symptoms of a panic attack;
  • The importance of planning:  identifying resources and creating a working relationship with your local hospitals and physicians;
  • How to respond to the delusional;
  • How to handle anger;
  • Things to avoid;

About the speaker:
Dr. Dennis Conroy, Licensed Psychologist has recently retired after over 30 years service with the Saint Paul Police Department.  During that time he has had with such diverse assignments as Patrol Officer, Patrol Supervisor, Vice/Narcotics  Investigator, Director of Professional Development Institute, Director of Field Training Program, Communications Center Supervisor, and Juvenile  Officer, Director of Employee Assistance Program.
His clinical experience includes over 25 years working with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of concerns both individually, as couples, families, and in group settings.  Specific areas of interest and experience  have been stress management, trauma response, hypnosis and work with law enforcement officers. 
For over 25 years he has taught in an upper division collegiate setting.  This experience blends psychology and law enforcement.  Courses taught include Adolescent Psychology, Human Behavior in Law Enforcement, Police Stress, Issues in Adolescent Counseling, Qualitative Research, Case Management in the Human Services, Child Development, Peer Counseling in Law Enforcement, Working With People for Police Leadership, Demographic Influences on Policing and The Psychology of Victims.  Seminars include "High Risk Communications", Anger Management, Dealing With the Emotionally Disturbed for Law Enforcement, and "Responding to Crisis in the Workplace" taught on a national scale.

He has recently completed a Department of Justice Grant Award and authored a technical manual on the Prevention of Racially Based Policing:  Accountability and Supervision and has written the book Officers At Risk, published by Copperhouse Publishing.  He has authored several journal articles dealing with police stress and responses and has recently completed technical manuals for police chiefs under a Department of Justice Grant entitled "How to Hire a Departmental Psychologist" and "How to Integrate That Psychologist into the Hiring Process".  Dr. Conroy has recently completed a Department of Justice Grant for Recruitment, Hiring and Retention of Community Policing Officers.  The process is designed to identify desirable character traits in police officer and follow through with character based evaluation from the initial hiring process through the entire probationary period.
All you will need to participate is a room in your community large enough to hold all attendees, a speaker phone or similar system, and a computer with an Internet connection.  We have included a form for you to use to distribute to any potential invitees.  You may also want to include the printer friendly version of this page.

If you are not completely satisfied with this virtual training event, just request a full refund of your participation fee - no questions asked.