David J. Denino has worked in higher education and college counseling over the past several decades and is Director Emeritus of Counseling Services at Southern Connecticut State University. He served as the Associate Director and then Director of Counseling Services for over thirty years. David also supervised the university’s health services for a two-year period and led a search for a new medical director during that time. He continues as an adjunct faculty member teaching in the Clinical Mental Health Program at SCSU and has been teaching graduate students for over 25 years.
He has served as an executive board member to the Connecticut Counseling Association and as secretary and treasurer for the American College Counseling Association. David and has presented at many state and national conferences. Highlights of his career include: 2017 NaBITA Meritorious Service Award for his work at Hurricane Harvey and Las Vegas shooting; J. Philip Smith Outstanding Teaching Award at SCSU; Red Cross Hero’s award for service as a first responder to Hurricane Katrina; Outstanding Emerging Leader as a member of the CT Counseling Association; CT Counselor of the year award, and most recently the 2015 CCA Distinguished Professional Award. He also serves on the CT statewide taskforce for suicide prevention and education.
David’s strengths in higher education management come from a strong background in NASPA, ACPA, ACCA, ACA and having organized departments with regard to CAS standards. His work in residence life, student centers, career services, graduate teaching, and counseling bring a unique blend of talent to his work.
He is also a Master Trainer of QPR and has taught the QPR curriculum for several years, and was the key person in bringing the QPR model to the state university system in Connecticut. David is a Red Cross mental health first responder and is the mental health lead for the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island. As such, he has assisted with relief efforts for hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Harvey as well as providing mental health support at the Sandy Hook and Las Vegas shootings.
David has created NaBITA training programs that deal with the issues of suicide and mental health on campus:
PASS (Preventing Another Student Suicide) is 3-hour training that focuses on recognizing suicide warning signs, safety assessment and safety planning for students. PASS training also provides a more in depth review of depression and suicide; key protective factors, and key factors in managing a suicidal person.
Lend a Hand is a 3 hour Mental Health Awareness and Intervention Training. The Lend a Hand program offers the opportunity for Campus BIT’s, student affairs professionals, student conduct officers, faculty, residential life staff, and other members of the campus community to develop awareness and intervention skills in the areas of Depression, Anxiety, Bi-Polar, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The PASS program is recommended for a more in-depth training for suicide prevention.
Other areas of expert consultation include:
- BIT Trainings
- Suicide Prevention/Postvention
- National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) trained
- Counseling and Mental Health Services on Campus
- Working with Persons Experiencing Psychological Distress
- Active Listening Skills
- Dealing with Disruptive Students
- Conflict Resolution Training
- Psychological First Aid Training
- Compassion Fatigue and well-being of the BIT
- Counseling Center Audits
- Critical Incident Case Management