National Law Enforcement Museum to Host Program on Officer Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress | Part I: HOPE

Part I of program series, Trauma and 9/11: Facing Challenges Together, to be held November 15-17.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 8, 2021) – As part of its special two-part program, “Trauma and 9/11: Facing Challenges Together,” the National Law Enforcement Museum will host a free, virtual series of one-on-one interviews, spanning three consecutive nights on the topic of hope amidst the trauma of 9/11.

Societal perspectives of post-traumatic stress have changed over the last few years, yet stigmas remain, especially in law enforcement. By focusing on a large-scale, shared event – such as the 9/11 attacks – this event endeavors to open the door to better understanding the nature of trauma in the ongoing work of law enforcement.

Part I, titled HOPE, will be presented as a series of three one-on-one interviews on the evenings of November 15 – 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Interview subjects will include responses to Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI), vital moments of communities rallying together for support, and stories about community organizations supporting those affected by trauma and loss.

“These interviews are imperative for providing a glimpse of hope when law enforcement officers suffer from trauma caused by devastating events, such as 9/11,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “We are honored to share this discussion in order to shed light on this critical topic.”

Welcoming remarks will be given by Ferranto, and all three of the interviews will be conducted by Jim Nestor, Consultant, Center of Policing, Rutgers University.

Interviewees include:

  • Cherie Castellano, Program Director, Cop2Cop
  • Ed Cetnar, Director of Police, Port Authority
  • Theresa Creedon, Surviving family member; Peer Support Counselor, For You 9/11

Part II, titled “Together,” will be an open panel conversation focused 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.

The two-part program is made possible by Central Square Technologies and Caron Treatment Centers.

To register for Part I, visit https://nleomf.org/event/trauma-and-9-11-facing-challenges-together-part-1-hope/.

To register for Part II, visit https://nleomf.org/event/trauma-and-9-11-facing-challenges-together-part-2-together/.

For additional information, please contact Colby Jordan at 601-664-2010.

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About the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., which honors the names of all of the 22,611 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The National Law Enforcement Museum (LawEnforcementMuseum.org) at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building is committed to preserving the history of American law enforcement and sharing the experiences of service and sacrifice for generations to come.

Colby Jordan
@cirlot.com
(601) 664-2010