“Dr. Mark Lerner is America’s Traumatic Stress Consultant.

He is an extraordinary teacher and healer, caring deeply about

the pain of others. His works are a road map toward recovery

and a path away from unjust suffering.”

Michael Levine

Best Selling Author and Media Expert






University CRISIS

          Be Prepared. Be Responsive.

With the changing spirit of our times, colleges and universities across our nation have been charged with the responsibility of developing crisis management plans. These plans typically focus on the structure of crisis response—in the aftermath of a tragedy. For example, they address such issues as who will serve as members of the Crisis Response Team? What are the specific roles of team members? And, how will information be shared with the university family?

Forensic Consultation & Evaluation

          Focusing on the Impact of Traumatic Events & Psychological Document Review

Has your client experienced a Personal Psychological Injury?  Dr. Lerner has extensive experience serving as an expert witness and trial consultant for plaintiffs and defendants. He works regularly with attorneys to substantiate the psychological and functional impact of traumatic events.

Traumatic Stress Consultation

          Empowering Individuals, Families & Organizations Through Challenging Times

As an international Traumatic Stress Consultant, Dr. Lerner focuses on empowering people through challenges and change. His consultative approach is short-term and strictly confidential. The primary goal is to ease emotional pain, keep people functioning, mitigate ongoing suffering and restore “human stability” for individuals, families and organizations. Ultimately, Dr. Lerner teaches people how to harness painful emotional energy, and use that energy to propel them to not only survive, but thrive!

Workplace CRISIS

          Be Prepared. Be Responsive.

In the event of a crisis involving a sudden death, a serious illness, an accident, a threat of violence, a criminal act, a public health crisis, a natural disaster or other tragedy, what will you do to keep people functioning?  

During a crisis, people turn to trusted friends and colleagues for support. It’s easier to talk to those we know, members of the organizational family, than “strangers with name tags.”  Notwithstanding these caregivers’ efforts, the magnitude of traumatic events often overwhelms individuals and their families, and compromises an organization’s ability to function. Dr. Lerner will empower your organization to develop its own Crisis Management Team.

Acute Traumatic Stress Management

          A Traumatic Stress Response Protocol for

          Healthcare Providers & Emergency Responders

Today, we are preparing for a crisis. We are developing plans and protocol for addressing the wide spectrum of events that can potentially disable us. We are investing countless hours training and practicing with elaborate equipment and protective gear. Our primary goal ... the stabilization of injury and the preservation of life.

During a crisis, physical and safety needs must be the priority. As we have learned, physical trauma can destroy many lives. However, we have also learned that a "hidden trauma," traumatic stress, can ultimately destroy many more. Traumatic stress refers to the emotional, cognitive, behavioral, physiological and spiritual experience of individuals who are exposed to, or who witness, events that overwhelm their ability to cope.


          Be Prepared. Be Responsive.

From professional development workshops to Superintendent's Conference days, these on-site dynamic presentations and workshops will empower all members of the school family with practical knowledge and skills to identify and address the immediate needs of troubled students. Dr. Mark Lerner, author of A Practical Guide for Crisis Response in Our Schools, will discuss the impact of traumatic events on individuals and the school community.


Empowering People Through Challenges and Change

          “An Investment in Health & Productivity”


When we think of wellness, we think of preventing illness, keeping people healthy and, ultimately, improving the quality of life. However, an often overlooked, yet critical component of wellness is emotional wellness—an awareness, understanding and acceptance of our feelings, and our ability to manage through challenges and change.

As part of an Emotional Wellness initiative for Walgreens, Dr. Lerner developed a program to empower healthcare professionals to raise their level of care through the provision of timely information and personalized patient management and support. The program empowers providers to look beyond physical needs, and also address emergent psychological needs.



URGENT Mental & Behavioral Health CARE

          Training & Certification

Today, there is a dramatic increase in the establishment of Urgent Care centers. According to the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine, there are approximately 9,300 walk-in, stand-alone urgent care facilities in the United States, with 700 to 800 new clinics opening each year. Urgent Care centers are typically staffed by emergency and family healthcare professionals with extensive experience. They afford the convenience of providing help when people need it, rather than during typical office hours. There are no appointments necessary, and there are significant savings over costly and exhausting emergency room visits. They are easily accessible.

But what happens in the case of a patient who is experiencing a mental and/or behavioral health crisis?

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The suggestions on this website are intended solely for informational and educational purposes and not as medical or psychological advice. If you have questions or concerns regarding your health, please consult with your healthcare provider.

Law Enforcement Psychological Evaluation Preparation (PEPtalk) & Appeals

          Appealing a Civil Service Psychological Disqualification

Have you applied for the position of police officer, correction officer, probation officer, park ranger, state trooper, or other civil service position and learned that you have been psychologically disqualified?  If you believe that this decision is wrong or capricious, you should appeal this determination. In most jurisdictions, you have a very limited time frame (e.g., 30 days) to initiate your appeal. For twenty-four years, Dr. Lerner has evaluated and conducted psychological appeals with thousands of law enforcement candidates.