Welcome to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation
Employee Assistance Program
Signs and Symptoms of Police Officer Burnout
- A sense of dread – nervous stomach before shift
- Fatigue – feeling tired most of the time, no energy
- Easy to anger, irritability, lack of tolerance, lack of interest
- Low self-esteem, feelings of low mood and depression
- Negative outlook on life, life meaninglessness, job meaninglessness
- A sense of being trapped, without options – boxed in
- Tension headaches, increased migraines, muscle aches
- Nervous stomach – eating and digestive disturbances
- Increased use of alcohol, nicotine, or other drugs
- Sleep disturbances – anxiety dreams or nightmares
- Sexual dysfunction – no desire, inability to perform, or hypersexuality
- Uncharacteristic negative behavior or acting out
- Lack of concern for behavior consequences
- Carelessness on the job, poor officer safety
- Increased citizen and family complaints
- Increased problems with coworkers and supervisors
Signs of Excessive Stress
- Impaired judgment and mental confusion
- Uncharacteristic indecisiveness
- Aggression – temper tantrums and short fuse
- Continually argumentative
- Increased irritability and anxiety
- Increased apathy or denial of problems
- Loss of interest in family, friends, and activities
- Increased feelings of insecurity with lowered self esteem
- Feelings of inadequacy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR) is a treatment method that has proven to be very helpful to many, and which has gained widespread acceptance among mental health providers and trauma patients. Practitioners with special training offer EMDR to patients who are assessed as suitable and would be likely to benefit from it. Specific decisions about treatment are always made by qualified clinicians in consultation with their patients.
Why use the EAP?
The EAP network consists of mental health counselors who stand ready to assist DCI employees in identifying issues and planning care. EAP providers are located in Cheyenne, Laramie, and other Wyoming cities across the state.
What if I want to attend more than three sessions?
The three sessions provided by the program are meant to support planning services. Your health insurance program can be employed for an indefinite number of sessions if desired.
Why doesn’t the EAP provide as many sessions as I want or need?
Your health insurance is your primary resource for medical and mental health care. The EAP is meant to make it easier to connect with suitable providers and to access care. It is a wellness program.
How do referrals work?
You may self-refer by contacting a provider directly by email or telephone to schedule an appointment. You should expect a response within 24 hours. Contact Dr. Post’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like assistance in completing a referral.
How do I know that my sessions will be private?
EAP network providers are private practitioners who enter into a client-therapist relationship with those who are referred or who self-refer. They are required by law and ethical standards to honor confidentiality, subject to legal exceptions they will describe. They cannot reveal the content of sessions to anyone without the written consent of their client. Your case will not be discussed with anyone associated with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation or Dr. Post without your specific consent.
Who administers the EAP?
Psychologist Jerry Post, Psy.D., of Cheyenne administers the EAP. His practice hosts the web page and manages the network of providers.