Applying Adlerian Principles to Proactive Protection of the Mental Health of Police and Military Personnel

Due to high levels of chronic and acute stress in law enforcement and military careers, effective methods of preventive mental health services must be considered. Several Adlerian concepts apply which are useful in promoting mental health for these personnel. Increasing social interest by strengthening the senses of belonging, encouragement, and contributing is vital for this population. Leaders and counselors working with military and law enforcement personnel are encouraged to promote (a) cooperation over competition, and (b) the adoption of a world-view which is inclusive of all human beings. Ideas on how to develop positive coping skills within stressful careers are also discussed.

Jean S. Ladwig
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