Denise Marie Siino

This steeplechase challenges the mind

Think of a steeplechase and 18th century Ireland might come to mind — horses and riders racing from steeple to steeple, town to town, hurdling fences and stone walls, even sloshing through boggy ditches if the mount didn’t fully clear it. Or the steeplechase event at the Summer Olympics might prevail in your thoughts, where […]

Students gain a touch of understanding

The students sit riveted to their seats, fully engrossed. After years of hearing “It’s impolite to stare,” it is awkward at first, but liberating to finally be able to fully take in the wheelchairs, immobile limbs and other forms of disabilities demonstrated and being discussed by the speakers. What the students discover looking into the […]

My turn: Looking back, moving forward: Out of harm’s way

Editor’s note — This is part 3 of a three-part series of columns by Denise Marie Siino. Part 1 ran on Nov. 14, Part 2 ran on Nov. 21.  In Part 2 of this series, I provided an overview of the broader CIT ideal of cooperation and collaboration among multiple agencies to help the mentally […]

My turn: Looking back, moving forward — CIT

Editor’s note — This is part 2 of a three-part series of columns by Denise Marie Siino. In Part 1 of this series, I said that Crisis Intervention Training field officer training includes learning new stabilization and de-escalation techniques to employ when facing a person with mental illness. Clinical and forensic psychologist Joel Dvoskin, PhD, once […]

My turn: Looking back, moving forward: Avoiding tragedy

Most days pass without much special attention or reflection. Yet it is part of the human experience that certain events are branded into our memory, whether good or ill. A day that is seared into my memory is June 5, 2007. That is the day when I — a relatively new reporter with the Mountain […]

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