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Dr. Michael Asken, Author

Be sure to look at the new book, "Firepsyche: Mental Toughness Training for Firefighters."


Welcome to MindSighting

Those who place themselves in harm’s way are consistently told to focus, concentrate and utilize the survival mind set. However, rarely, or inconsistently, are they trained HOW to accomplish this. It is often assumed that mental toughness will automatically result from physical and tactical training. This is not always true, but mental toughness skills can be trained directly.

All the books in this series; Firepsyche for firefighters; MindSighting for police officers; Emotional Intel for police negotiators, Going Deep and Warrior Performance for military leaders and personnel all describe psychological techniques and training to develop mental toughness, the survival mind set and a hardened focus. Designed to be used by individuals, the books are also instructor-friendly and ideal as part of any training program or class. They are designed to be integrated with physical and tactical training to add a dimension that is often overlooked and to promote maximal performance excellence.

About the Author
Dr. Michael Asken is the psychologist for the Pennsylvania State Police where he is involved with selection and training of Troopers. He functions as the psychologist for the PSP Special Emergency Response Team where he consults with both tactical operators and crisis negotiators. He teaches and is involved with cadet performance issues at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy.  

He is on the Editorial Board of the The FireArms Instructor. He has written articles for PoliceOne.com., SWAT Digest, The Crisis Negotiator, The Tactical Edge, Law Officer, The Bulletin of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police, and the FireArms Instructor. He is an instructor for Top Gun undercover narcotics agent training. He has consulted with and/or provided training for the National Tactical Officers’ Association, Eastern States Vice Investigators Association, the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, the New England Crisis Negotiator’s Association, the FBI, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Agents, the Naval ROTC Battalion at Villanova University, Naval Special Warfare Group, The United States Postal Inspectors and the U.S. Army War College.

Mike holds a B.A. degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University. He completed his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Medical Psychology at West Virginia University and served his internship at the East Orange (New Jersey) Veterans’ Administration Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Division of Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Mike earned credentials as a Fellow and Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Diplomate of the American Board of Disability Analysts.

In relation to human performance, Mike is a Fellow of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He taught the sport psychology course at Lebanon Valley College where he was awarded the Nevelyn Knisely Award for Inspired Teaching. He has been involved in training physicians, intensive care nurses, neonatal intensive care nurses and nurse anesthetists for twenty-five years. He trained volunteer and professional firefighters in psychological techniques for performance enhancement and was the Fire Psychology columnist for FireHouse Magazine.

Mike has worked on maximizing performance with athletes at the youth, high school, collegiate and professional levels. He was the sport psychologist for two professional soccer teams, as well as a semi-pro football team. He is a co-editor of the book: Sport Psychology: The Psychological Health of the Athlete and wrote Dying to Win: Preventing Drug Abuse in Sport.  

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Camp Hill, PA 17001
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