Suicide: Lessons Learned" Is
Subject of Lecture at MCCC March 26
an expert in the field of behavioral health care and crisis intervention
for law enforcement professionals, will examine an issue of increasing
concern in her talk, "Police Suicide: Lessons Learned,"
on Thursday, March 26, at 12 noon at Mercer County Community College.
Presented free to the public as part of MCCC's Distinguished Lecture
Series, Castellano's talk takes place on the college's West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, in the Communications
Building, Room 110.
Castellano is program director of Cop2Cop, the first legislated
law enforcement crisis hotline in the United States, and a faculty
member of the New Jersey Medical School Department of Psychiatry.
In her lecture she will draw on her 15 years of professional expertise,
as well as her experience as a police wife, as she explores the
mental health effects of routine exposure to violence and trauma
faced by law enforcement professionals. Her topics will include
the origins of police suicide, current trends and risks in the field
of police psychological services, and the most up-to-date prevention
Dr. Peter Horne, coordinator of MCCC's Criminal Justice Program, "Unfortunately,
the stresses of police work can take a significant toll. Interventions
to lessen the incidence of police suicide are important to the individual
officers and to policing as a whole."
Following 9/11, Castellano was assigned to coordinate a critical incident
response to more than 1,900 first responders in New York and New Jersey,
an effort that led her to pioneer other major initiatives such as a "9/11
Rescuer Reentry Program" for the Port Authority Police Department.
She was selected as a member of the 9/11 New York Emergency Services Delegation
and traveled to Ireland and England to share "9/11 Lessons Learned."
A member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, Castellano
has lectured at international forums as well as national forums such as
the FBI National Academy conference. Her programs and crisis intervention
services have been featured in The New York Times as a "model for
the nation." She recently wrote the book, The Ultimate Back-Up: Law
Enforcement Families, with co-author Dr. James T. Reese.
learn more about upcoming lectures at Mercer County Community College,
or call 609-570-3324.
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