Board of Scientific & Professional Advisors 

 

Mark D. Lerner, Ph.D.

Chairman & CEO, The National Center for Emotional Wellness

Clinical & Forensic Psychologist, Author, Speaker

Bobby Senn, FDNY, Ret.

Director, Programs

9/11 Collapse Survivor

Erin B. Doyle

Director, Professional Development

Associate Director Talent Management

Horizon Pharma USA, Inc.

Jeffrey T. Mitchell, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor of Emergency Health Services

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Co-Founder and President Emeritus

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation

Paul J. Rosch, M.D., FACP

Chairman of the Board, The American Institute of Stress

Clinical Professor of Medicine & Psychiatry

New York Medical College

 

Jim Dolan

Executive Director, Laurus Foundation

 

Vincent J. McNally, MPS, CEAP

Ret. Unit Chief for FBI Employee Assistance Program

President, Trauma Reduction, Inc. 

Mary Vietzke, BSN, RN

Nurse Educator

Schraft’s 2.0 Pharmacy

 

Robert B. Kronenberg, Esq.

Attorney at Law

Former New York City Police Captain

 

Catherine G. Caronia, M.D., FAAP, FCCP

Chairman, Department of Graduate Medical Education

Chairman, Department of Pediatrics

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center

Lawrence Sherman, FACEHP, CCMEP

Senior Vice President, Educational Strategy

Prova Education

 

Rick Rader, M.D., FAAIDD

Director Habilitation Center

Orange Grove Center

Editor-in-Chief, Exceptional Parent Magazine

 

David M. Colen

Director, Corporate Investigations

Walgreens Corp.

 

Darryl Whitaker, D.B.S.

Certified Biblical Counselor

Founder, God’s Repair Shop

 

James T. Reese, Ph.D.

CEO, James T. Reese and Associates

Former Assistant Unite Chief, FBI Behavioral Science Unit

Founder, FBI Stress Management Program

 

Robert "Trebor" A. McDowell

CISM Team Base Leader, Southwest Airlines

In Memoriam

Felix P. Nater, CSC

Nater Associates, LTD., 

Security Management Consultant

U.S. Postal Inspector, Ret.

 

Raymond F. Hanbury, Ph.D., ABPP

Clinical & Police Psychologist

NJ State Clinical Director, Trauma Response Team

 

Rabbi Simcha Lefkowitz

Congregation Anshei Chessed

President of Labor and Industry for Education (LIFE)

Departmental Chaplain, Nassau County Police Department

 

Sam D. Bernard, Ph.D.

President and Lead Clinician

Bernard & Associates, PC and PAR Foundation

 

Chaplain David J. Fair, D.Min., Ph.D., CMC

Chairman, American Board of Certified Master Chaplains

 

Steven Eric Handwerker, Ph.D., D.Div.

Founder and CEO, The International Association for the

Advancement of Human Welfare, Inc.

 

Raymond D. Shelton Ph.D.

Executive Consultant, Insurance Industry

Clinical Director, Nassau County Fire/EMS Service

Traumatic Stress Program

 

Tori Bourguignon, M.Ed., NCC

Crisis Response Coordinator

Amberly’s Place

 

Daniel L. Kirsch, Ph.D., DAAPM, FAIS

President, American Institute of Stress

 

Allen R. Kates, MFAW

Author of books on Stress, Trauma and PTSD

CopShock.com

 

Laurence Miller, Ph.D.

Consulting Psychologist

West Palm Beach Police Department

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Troop L, Florida Highway Patrol

 

Judith Greve, LPN

Senior Clinical Education Specialist

Walgreens Specialty

 

George Rogu, M.D., FAAP

Pediatric Medicine

Founder, AdoptionDoctors.com

 

Robert S. Cook

Sr. Consultant, Emergency Management

LSC Consulting, LLC

 

Daniel J. McGuire

President, CISM Perspectives, Inc.

 

Paige Valdiserri, LPC, NCC, RMT

Director of Behavioral Health, 

Comprehensive Health Services, Inc.

President, Paige Valdiserri, LLC

Traumatic Stress & Intuitive Healing Consultant

 

David M. Diamond, Ph.D.

Professor, Departments of Psychology and 

Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

University of South Florida

Center for Preclinical and Clinical Research on PTSD

Director, USF Neuroscience Collaborative

 

Lorie T. DeCarvalho, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Loma Linda University Medical Center, Author, Speaker,

International Trauma and Military Consultant

 

Kathy Platoni, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Colonel, Medical Service Corp, USAR

Army Reserve Psychology Consultant

Assistant Clinical Professor, Wright State University 

School of Professional Psychology

 

Invest in Your Greatest Asset ... People

There is considerable focus today on wellness: preventing illness, keeping people healthy and improving the quality of life. However, our emotional well-being is often overlooked. 

 

Emotional Wellness refers to an awareness, understanding and acceptance of our feelings, and our ability to manage effectively through challenges and change. Consider the following:

      •  The United States spends more to treat mental disorders than any other

         disease or medical condition. (Health Affairs: The Washington Post) 

       •  Depression is now the leading cause of disability in the world

          (World Health Organization), and

       •  Suicide is the leading cause of injury death of Americans, surpassing

          automobile accidents. (American Journal of Public Health)

The National Center is committed to fostering Emotional Wellness by providing timely information, guidance, practical strategies and support for:

         1.  The Workplace, Organizations & Communities,

         2.  Educational Institutions (i.e., colleges, universities, & schools),

         3.  Healthcare Systems & First Responder Agencies, and

        4.  Survivors of Mass Casualty Incidents.

10 Ways to Reduce the Frequency of Violence in America

by Dr. Mark Lerner 

Chairman & CEO, The National Center for Emotional Wellness

There is no single solution to decrease the prevalence of violence in our nation's schools, universities, houses of worship, movie theaters, shopping malls, workplaces, and in our communities.

 

However, a multimodal approach, incorporating the following ten strategies, would reduce the frequency of violent acts:

 

1.  Prevention must be a priority. People should learn about the indicators of potential violence (see below) and instructed with whom to share information. In nearly every violent attack, there was some form of “leakage”—someone knew something to suggest the realization of violence. 

2.  Law enforcement agencies should encourage people to report concerns about potential violent acts and take every report seriously. Investigators should do their due diligence and always err on the side of caution to avert a tragedy. It is well-known that the single greatest predictor of violent behavior, is past violent behavior.  

 

3. Mental health facilities and programs must be expanded to help people who present a danger to themselves and others. While a relatively small percentage of individuals with mental health problems are violent, these individuals could benefit from evidence-based, anger mangement strategies, and potentially protect others from violent acts.

 

4.  Depression is now the leading cause of disability worldwide, and suicide is the leading cause of injury death of Americans—surpassing automobile accidents. There is a strong correlation between suicide and homicide, as evidenced by the fact that most perpetrators of violent acts take their own lives or are killed while engaging in acts of violence. As noted previously (3), mental health programs must be developed and implemented to address anger and aggressivity.

 

5.  As our world becomes increasingly technological, we must be aware of the fundamental breakdown in interpersonal, face-to-face communication. Efforts should be made to bring people together, absent technology, and engage interpersonally. For example, children could be taught social skills, such as empathy and assertiveness. 

 

6.  The media must stop showing the faces and reporting the names of alleged perpetrators. Our increasingly technological world, including internet news sites, social media, streaming video, and television, is providing an indelible "stage" upon which disturbed individuals perform. Focusing inordinate attention on perpetrators and their actions increases the frequency of violent threats and acts. We must turn off the spotlight and stop glorifying and reinforcing maleficent conduct.

 

7.  We must utilize our greatest resources to protect “soft targets,” such as our nation’s schools and universities. Consideration must be given to employing retired law enforcement personnel and our veterans who have demonstrated exemplary performance and are well-trained and experienced in the use of firearms. A calculation could be developed for various venues, such as one armed “protector” per every specific number of people in a school.  

 

8.  We must not rely on arming our teachers and school personnel. Their knowledge, education, skill, experience and training is in teaching, mentoring and providing support for our children. Educators have overwhelming responsibilities, and should not be placed in situations where they are called upon to draw a weapon and make a choice to use deadly force.

 

9.  While it is virtually impossible to eliminate every assault rifle, there are certainly reasonable and responsible mechanisms that could be put into place to prevent these weapons from getting into the hands of the wrong people. This could be implemented by considering variables such as age to purchase and own, and enhanced background checks, including a waiting/processing period.

10. There is considerable focus today on wellness: preventing illness, keeping people healthy and improving the quality of life. Greater attention must be given to a key component of wellness that is often overlooked, Emotional Wellness: an awareness, understanding and acceptance of our feelings, and our ability to manage effectively through challenges and change. It’s time to foster Emotional Wellness in America!

© 2019 by Dr. Mark Lerner, The National Center for Emotional Wellness, Inc.

 

Identifying People At-Risk for Violent Behavior

by Dr. Mark Lerner 

Chairman, & CEO, The National Center for Emotional Wellness

The best way to prevent a violent act is to identify individuals who are at risk of danger to themselves or others. Immediate action should be taken to investigate whether a potential perpetrator has a plan or the means of harming oneself or others.

 

Following is a checklist of warning signs. The great the number of endorsed items, the greater the risk for violent behavior.

 

❐  has engaged in violent behavior in the past

❐  expresses self-destructive or homicidal ideation

❐  has described feelings of hopelessness

❐  has a history of self-destructive behavior

❐  gives away possessions

❐  articulates specific plans to harm oneself or others

❐  appears withdrawn

❐  appears/acknowledges feeling depressed

❐  exhibits signs of antisocial behavior

❐  engages in bullying others

❐  evidences a significant change in mood

❐  has difficulty with impulse control

❐  experiences sleep and eating disturbances

❐  evidences significant changes in behavior

❐  has experienced a traumatic event

❐  engages in substance abuse

❐  has been a victim of child abuse

❐  has become involved with gang activity

❐  has experienced a significant loss

❐  evidences a preoccupation with fighting

❐  has a history of antisocial behavior

❐  frequently watches programs/movies with violent themes

❐  evidences a low tolerance for frustration

❐  evidences a preoccupation with games with violent themes

❐  externalizes blame for their difficulties

❐  evidences a preoccupation with guns and other weapons

❐  has harmed animals

❐  has access to a firearm or other weapons

❐  has engaged in fire-setting

❐  has brought a weapon to school

❐  evidenced frequent disciplinary problems

❐  exhibited poor academic performance

❐  talks about not being around

❐  has been truant from school or work

       

© 2019 by Dr. Mark Lerner, The National Center for Emotional Wellness, Inc.

 
 

DISCLAIMER:

 

The suggestions on this website are intended solely for informational and educational purposes and not as medical or psychological advice. If you have questions or concerns regarding your health, please consult with your healthcare provider.

 

© 2019 by Dr. Mark Lerner, The National Center for Emotional Wellness, Inc.