Treatment for Police Officers with PTSD

This program offers individual treatment for current and former police officers who are experiencing ongoing distress related to traumatic events experienced during their careers. While the program focuses primarily on posttraumatic stress reactions, it also includes information about dealing with organisational stress and other common difficulties that can arise following exposure to multiple traumas, including depression, substance abuse, panic, anger, and guilt.

The Traumatic Stress Clinic is completely independent from the NSW Police Service, so that current or former officers can participate in this treatment program without requiring referral from, or liaison with, the NSW Police Service. Participation in this program is completely confidential.

As with our other treatment programs, the police program is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and is based on the best available evidence from scientific and clinical trials. International studies have shown that CBT is the most effective treatments available for PTSD and related difficulties. The aim of this study is to examine new ways of enhancing existing CBT treatments and of tailoring them to police officers who have been exposed to multiple traumas and organisational stresses.

Treatment involves 12 weekly sessions, each lasting approximately 1 ½ hours- 2 hours.

The government funds the Clinic with research grants in order to investigate treatments for posttraumatic stress and grief. This enables us to provide a free, specialist service.