"Police Suicide: Lessons Learned" Is
Subject of Lecture at MCCC March 26


3/3/09


Cherie Castellano, 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 methods.

Cherie Castellano

Observes 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.

To learn more about upcoming lectures at Mercer County Community College, click here or call 609-570-3324.

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