Althea Olson

Althea Olson, LCSW and Mike Wasilewski, MSW have been married since 1994. Mike works full-time as a police officer for a large suburban Chicago agency while Althea is a social worker in private practice in Joliet & Naperville, IL. They have been popular contributors of since 2007 writing on a wide range of topics to include officer wellness, relationships, mental health, morale, and ethics. Their writing led to them developing More Than A Cop, and traveling the country as trainers teaching “survival skills off the street.” They can be contacted at and can be followed on Facebook or Twitter at More Than A Cop, or check out their website

Reenergize Your Career and Your Life

The Growing Concern About Energy Drinks

Being Optimistic in a Typically Cynical Profession

Perils of Pessimism

Step Back from that Ledge

Be Careful With Digital Dating in 2015

Learning Across the Life of a Career

Habits of Unhappy Cops

The Lies People Tell Themselves

Watch Your Words

Common Pitfalls in the Face of Controversy

Perception and Insight in Difficult Times for Police

Stay Alert to Relationship Red Flags

7 Ways to Wreck Your Career

Cops and College

Sitting Can Be Lethal?

Twenty Years of Marriage, Twenty Tips for Marriage

PTSD and Cops

PTSD and Cops

7 Ways to Destroy a Marriage

Breaking Through the Wall of Abusive Isolation

Going the Extra Step for Domestic Abuse Victims

Your Defining Moments

Building a Brawny Brain

Getting Past On-Duty Injuries

Extreme Weather and Your Mood