David Denino
David J. Denino is available to conduct on-campus or virtual trainings, presentations, and audits, as well as conference sessions. He is also a frequently invited keynote and plenary speaker at conferences for higher education professionals. 

iMatter! Toolkit

Nicola Wilson, PGDip, NABITA associate; Laura Ulmer, ME.d., director of student conduct and academic integrity, Old Dominion University;  David J. Denino, LPC, NCC, director emeritus, counseling services, adjunct professor, clinical mental health program, Southern Connecticut State University.

Program Abstract: Individuals working directly with victims of trauma, working in crisis environments, and dealing with the emotional strain of others with little relief, experience what is known as "compassion fatigue," "secondary traumatic stress (STS)," or "burnout." Repeated exposure to stressful situations can cause a state of constant stress, decrease in a sense of pleasure, increased self-doubt, decreased quality of life and a decrease in overall productivity. As our workloads increase and demands to do more with less increase, we find ourselves asking, "How can we do a better job of looking after ourselves as individuals and as a team in the face of increasing demands on our time and emotional energy?" Help is at hand from the NABITA iMatter! Toolkit.

Quick Tips for Suicide Programs on Campus — Prevention, Assessment, and Postvention Best Practices

Program Abstract: Explores the critical role of three key areas with regard to suicide concerns on campus. Best practices for prevention programming (i.e., QPR, ASSIST, and MHFA) will be summarized, followed by a review of the Columbia Suicide Rating Scale. A campus impacted by six suicides in a short time frame will compliment postvention planning and a review of campus responses.

Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall:  Disasters Don’t Care!

Program Abstract: Learn about frontline emergency mental health care and gain an understanding of psychological first aid and disaster mental health fundamentals. This program provides an excellent overview for campus staff, faculty, and students who may assist with the aftermath of a disaster or critical incident that impacts the campus community.  


Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) for First Responders and Survivors of Situational Crises

Program Abstract: Created by Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach and licensed counselor David Denino, this training explores the "Terrible Ten" and their impact on the mental wellness of survivors and first responders. It will also explore how critical incident stress management prevents post-traumatic stress that may lead to suicide.


CONFLICT!! And…. Resolution: “Famous Phrases You Can’t Say in Conflict Resolution — and What You Can Say”

Program Abstract: This training was developed to help front-line personnel that have in-person contact with students, faculty, and staff on a day to day basis.  We all know that conflict can escalate rapidly at times when people feel they are not getting the service or answers they seek. Learn how to “take the temperature” of a potentially volatile situation down with confidence. Topics covered include:

  1. What is Conflict?

  2. Active Listening Skills

  3. 10 Tips for Resolving Conflict

  4. Phrases You Can’t Say for Conflict Resolution

  5. R.E.S.O.L.V.E. — 7 Steps to Conflict Resolution