About Police Counseling Services
My name is Dr. David Thomas everyone calls me Doc. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. My focus is providing counseling services for the pubic safety community, specializing in law enforcement and military/veterans.
I maintain a private practice in Gainesville, FL. Prior to becoming a therapist, I was a police officer for 20 years working in every facet of the profession, spending most of my tenure on the street. After completing my training as a therapist, I spent the last ten years in the classroom teaching and training students in criminal justice and psychology to become future clinicians. Today, I am a full-time professor and I am a contracted mental health provider for the Alachua Police Department in Alachua, FL. I provide a complete series of services which include: evaluation and testing for new police candidates, therapy services, counseling officers as well as their families, critical incident stress management/debriefing and crisis intervention and training.
I am an interactive, cognitive behavior therapist. My approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life's challenges. I integrate complimentary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. My goal is to assist you in finding a balance and get you back to being you.
- 2001 - Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology from the Union Institute
- 1998 - Masters of Education, Curriculum & Instruction, National Louis University
- 1980 - Bachelor of Arts, Clinical Psychology, Mercy College of Detroit
- 2012 – License Mental Health Counselor; State of Florida, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, License Number: LMHC 1114
- 1991 Certified Law Enforcement Officer, Florida Criminal Justice Training Commission
- 1978 – Certified Law Enforcement Officer, Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Training Council
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy,
- CISM (Individual, Group, WMD),
- Hostage Negotiation
- Certified Use of Force Expert: Pinellas County, FL .18th Judicial Circuit
- Series Editor, (December, 2009)Series entitled: Forensic Psychology, ABC-CLIO/Praeger Publishing
- Police Service Award, Gainesville Police Department, 1995
- Medal of Distinction, Gainesville Police Department, 1995
- Award of Excellence, Gainesville Police Department, 1994
- Employee of The Year, Gainesville Police Department, 1993
- Chief’s Commendation, Gainesville Police Department, 1993
- February, 2012, Law Enforcement Officers: Perspectives on Race, Credibility, and Community. Paper presentation National Association of African American Studies, Baton Rouge, LA;
- December, 2008, Community Psychology, Florida State University School of Social Work, Tallahassee, FL.;
- September, 2005, Psychological Trauma and First Responders , American Criminal Justice Association, St. Petersburg, FL;
- June, 2005, Psychology of Trauma, Institute of Excellence, St. Leo University;
- May, 2003, Profiling and the Serial Killer, SIGMA XI, State University of New York at Fredonia.
- May, 2001, Diversity: Can it Effect the Hostage Negotiation Process, Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators, Orlando, FL
- July, 2000, Police Brutality and it’s Impact on the Officer, Florida Peace Officer’s Association, Gainesville, FL
- January, 1988, Medical Implications of Police Defensive Tactics, Michigan Association of Chief’s of Police, Grand Rapids, MI
- February, 1988, Less Than Lethal Force, Police Marksman Magazine Officer Survival Seminar, Grand Rapids, MI
- June, 1987, Civil Liability and Use of Force Concerns for the Police Administrator, Michigan Association of Chief’s of Police, Traverse City, MI
- January, 1987, New Concepts in Defensive Tactics, Police Marksman Magazine Officer Survival Seminar, Grand Rapids, MI
- Thomas, D.J. (September, 2011). Implementing Fitness Standards for Police Recruits: A Case Study. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, Macomb, IL.
- Thomas, D.J. (June 2011). The Psychological Aftermath of Critical Incidents. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, Macomb, IL.
- Thomas, D.J. (May, 2011). Police Psychology: A New Specialty and New Challenges for Men and Women in Blue (Textbook). ABC-CLIO/Praeger Publications
- Thomas, D. J. (February, 2010).Professionalism in Policing: An Introduction,Textbook. Cengage Publishing.
- Thomas, D.J. (February, 2010). Professionalisim in Policing Instructor's Guide. Cengage Pubishing
- Thomas, D.J. (March, 2010). Facilitating Organizational Culture: New Chief Old Value Systems. Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, San Antonio, TX
- Barringer, T.A. & Thomas, D. J. (March 2009). Answering the Call for More Minority Police Officers. Law Enforcement Executive Research Forum, Macomb, IL.
- Barringer, T.A. & Thomas, D.J. (June, 2007). Law Enforcement Officers: Their Perception of Personal Safety and Job Performance. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, Macomb, IL.
- Thomas, D.J. & Barringer, T.A. (November, 2008). Developing Fitness Standards for Police Officers. The Public Safety Chronicle, St. Leo, FL.
- Thomas, D. J. (December, 2008). Culture and The Hostage Negotiation Process. Law Enforcement Executive Research Forum, Macomb, IL
- Thomas, D.J. (December, 1988). Reacting and Surviving. Police Magazine, Torrance, CA.\
- Thomas, D.J. (January, 1986). Defensive Tactics Manual. Grant funded project through the Michigan Office of Criminal Justice, Lansing, MI.
Professional Activities and Memberships:
- American Counseling Association
- American Criminal Justice Association
- Society for Police and Criminal Psychology
- National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
- Police Futurists Society