Peer Counseling

Chaplain’s Notebook

Apart from my duties as a chaplain for LASD, I also serve as a hospital chaplain. There, I frequently see patients and their families dealing with tough times — often the toughest of their lives. Good times do not last. Hard times are inevitable. This is Job’s famous lament: “Where is God in tough times?” […] Read More »

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD)

Autism affects one of 68 children. It is a lifelong developmental genetic condition that affects individuals of every race, socioeconomic status and faith. Symptoms are evident in some children as early as 18 months of age. Notably, the ratio of males to females diagnosed with autism is close to 4 to 1. Autism Spectrum Disorder […] Read More »

SOBER LIFE AHEAD

Many of the people I meet who are in recovery thank their lucky stars every day that they gained their sobriety when they did. Most of them wished they had sobered up sooner, although they almost unanimously subscribe to the idea that everyone quits drinking when they are ready. Not every alcoholic has to hit […] Read More »

Apart from my duties as a chaplain for LASD, I also serve as a hospital chaplain. There, I frequently see patients and their families dealing with tough times — often the toughest of their lives. Good times do not last. Hard times are inevitable. This is Job’s famous lament: “Where is God in tough times?” […] Read More »

CUMULATIVE TRAUMA

It’s like a slow drip into a bucket that never gets emptied, until the bucket overflows. Cumulative trauma has also been referred to as cumulative post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). John Marx, founder of Copsalive.com, calls it Blue Trauma Syndrome. It consists of having difficult experiences over a long period of time that simply add up. […] Read More »

TAKING A BREAK FROM ALCOHOL

Thinking about quitting drinking? It is possible to have a good time without alcohol. Sometimes we have social questions in our heads: “What will they say if I don’t drink?” “What will happen if I don’t go to the bar after work?” “Will they make fun of me?” These are some of the concerns that […] Read More »

HOW DO I FACE MY PARTNERS?

There are questions you might ask yourself after an alcohol-related incident: How can I go back to work? What will they think of me? Can I ever get promoted? Will I be able to transfer to a good assignment? It is normal to ask yourself all of these questions and more. Some members on the […] Read More »

SPRING CLEANING FOR THE SOUL It is time for spring cleaning, and that means cleaning out the garage, the backyard and the locker at work. What a wonderful feeling it is to have a fresh start. However, tossing junk is much easier than clearing out our emotional clutter, which means getting rid of what holds […] Read More »

THE BOND OF LOVE

One of the most beautiful qualities and privileges police officers share is the bond of brotherly love. It is not written anywhere but it is sealed in our hearts. It is our culture. It is who we are. Last summer, I was called to the hospital because a veteran deputy had suddenly passed. His spouse […] Read More »