Trauma and 9/11: Facing Challenges Together – Part 2: Together

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November 18, 2021
Streaming Online
8:00-9:30pm EST

Join the National Law Enforcement Museum for this second part of the Trauma and 9/11 program series,


  • This open panel conversation will focus specifically on trauma grounded in the 9/11 experience, with therapist-driven opportunities to hear stories of the day from NYC and the Pentagon, life since (including manifestations of PTSI), and steps taken for self-care of mental health. Panelists will include first-responders and health professionals.

About “Trauma and 9/11, Facing Challenges Together”

The jarring and difficult nature of the 9/11 attacks brought a new light to how officer trauma is viewed. While societal perspectives of post-traumatic stress have changed over the last few years, stigmas remain. By focusing on a large-scale, shared event, like the 9/11 attacks, perhaps we can open the door to better understanding the nature of trauma in the ongoing work of law enforcement.

This series was made possible by


Troy S. Anderson, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Initiatives, NLEOMF

Following the tragic and unthinkable school shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012, Troy Anderson managed the Connecticut State Police CISM teams that were deployed on-site and tasked with providing interventions and debriefings for the affected members of the State Police, municipal and federal law enforcement partners, first responder staff, support personnel, imbedded clinicians, and state senior executives.

Mr. Anderson began his career in law enforcement more than 30 years ago as a U.S. Army Military Police Officer and served in combat operations in the Middle East during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He continued his work in law enforcement later as a Correction Officer for the State of Connecticut and as a municipal police officer in the State of Massachusetts. Mr. Anderson served the Connecticut State Police as a Sergeant for 26 years, retiring as the Director of Wellness and Resilience. During his career he served on patrol, as a Resident State Trooper, Detective, Internal Affairs investigator, and was the creator and program manager for STOPS (State Troopers Offering Peer Support) program for ten years. In that position he managed several law enforcement related behavioral health programs including the department’s two CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) teams, the Peer Support Program and Military Support Program. He was twice the recipient of the Connecticut State Police Lifesaving Medal, Meritorious Medal, Outstanding Achievement Medal, two Unit Citation Awards, the Commissioners Sandy Hook Recognition Award, and the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal.

Mr. Anderson was the recipient of the 2013 International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) Cofounders Award for Excellence in Critical Intervention and/or Disaster Response based on his work with the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, the 2016 Officer Paul Buchanan Memorial Peer Support Award for Extraordinary Leadership and Dedication to Mental Health and Well-being, and has presented extensively on critical incident stress management and peer support across the United States, Canada and Europe.



Peter J. Killeen, Ed.D.

Peter J. Killeen received his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The American School of Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C. at Argosy University, Arlington, VA. He completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola College, Baltimore, MD, and a Masters in Theological Studies from The Washington Theological Union, Silver Spring, MD. A former police officer with the Port Authority of NY & NJ Police Department, Peter began work as a police psychotherapist with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Unions in 1992 until the present. He also served as an Assistant Ombudsmen, an Employee Equal Opportunity mediator and Wellness Counselor for The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives since the early 1990’s. He was involved extensively with the rescue and recovery efforts following the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center followed by years of trauma counseling provided to the Port Authority First Responders. The Port Authority suffered the loss of, not only the World Trade Center buildings, but 37 police officers from their department that day. Dr. Killeen recently co-authored four books for the law enforcement professional on ways to personally integrate mindfulness, resilience, and meditation into daily life in order to live a more sustainable healthy lifestyle. The Operation Longevity® textbook works in tandem with the Operation Longevity Personal Journal. Recently, the Operation Longevity® Personal Stories and Meditations and the Operation Longevity® 21 Day Call to Action Coin Challenge books were released.

Cherie Castellano, MA, CSW, LPC, AAETS

Cherie Castellano is a national expert in the field of peer support after 20 years of experience as the creator of the “Reciprocal Peer Support Model” recognized as a national best practice by the American Psychiatric Association (2019) and Department of Defense Center of Excellence (2011). Cherie began as the Program Director for Cop 2 Cop, the first legislated law enforcement crisis hotline in the United States. She is a voluntary faculty member of the Rutgers Department of Psychiatry where she has honed her clinical skills as an expert in peer support and law enforcement psychological services. She is also a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. As the Director of Cop 2 Cop, Ms. Castellano has facilitated response to over 100,000 calls from law enforcement officers in need and the team at Cop 2 Cop has averted over 300 crises to date. The American Association of Suicidology certified Cop 2 Cop with the highest score ever awarded by that organization. Currently Cherie is the Rutgers National Call Center Peer Support Director leading more than a dozen peer programs for a variety of populations staffed by 150 peers and clinicians providing services on a state and national level yielding over $5 million of funding annually.

Rev. Dr. Paul D. Krampitz

The Rev. Dr. Paul D. Krampitz was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from Hartford Seminary. Paul also completed graduate work in Special Education at the University of Hartford and studied at UCONN Law School. Prior to ordination, Paul served in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Infantry Officer. Following his military service, Paul attended the CT Municipal Police Training Academy where he was selected as SGT of the 193rd training class. Upon graduation he received the TFC Allan Tuskowski Jr. and Samuel J. Luciano awards and served on the Cheshire Police Department as a Patrol Officer, Detective (Youth Officer) and member of the SWAT team. Since his ordination, Paul has served as senior pastor of several congregations in CT and Rhode Island. A member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains, Paul has served as a Chaplain with a number of local Police Departments and has been a CT State Police Chaplain since 2006. Paul is currently the Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Cromwell, CT, the Chaplain at Luther Ridge Senior Living in Middletown, CT and the Dean of the Greater Eastern Rivers Conference of the New England Synod, ELCA. He is a visiting lecturer at Yale Divinity School and the member of several local boards, including the Cromwell Restorative Justice Youth Diversion board.

Captain Brandon Post (Ret.)

Provo (UT) Police Department

Jim Nestor, Consultant, Center on Policing, Rutgers University

After six (6) years as the Director of the First Responder Addiction Treatment Program at the Livengrin Foundation in Bensalem, PA, Jim is developing a specialty program for First Responders at Caron Treatment Center as a national model for trauma centered and evidence based treatment. He was the Director for the State of New Jersey’s Department of Law & Public Safety – Office of Employee & Organization Development, a position held for 23 years. As a Senior Executive Service Governor appointment, he led the Employee and Management Assistance Services for the 9,500 employees/families within the Office of the Attorney General and the New Jersey State Police. Management and Organization Development, Peer Advocate Services, and Critical Incident Stress Management practices were integrated into the daily operational strategies. His office oversaw a Statewide Disaster Response Support Program that maintains emergency management coordination of all first responder mental health support during state and national disasters.


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Nov 18, 2021 @ 08:00 PM to
Nov 18, 2021 @ 09:30 PM


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