Human Services Board Certified Practioner, Center for Credentialing & Education, National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) in consultation with the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE). (September 28, 2010 - September 28, 2015).
Dr. Rentler’s philosophy of teaching is student -centered, active learning. For on-line courses, he believes it is especially critical to create and foster a safe, positive, interactive learning environment where students engage in a high level of meaningful interactions in the course discussions and activities. As an instructor, he aims to facilitate such interactions and foster a sense of community between students and himself and expects students do the same!
Dr. Rentler currently is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Connecticut and New York. He has been the Supervising Psychologist at the CT Board of Pardons and Paroles since June 2008 where he conducts forensic risk and mental health assessments, consults with the Board Panel Members on a variety of risk and assessment issues, and oversees the mental health and sex offender assessments. Prior to working at the Board of Pardons and Paroles, he worked at a Federal Prison for 5 1/2 years where he managed a clinical case load of chronically mentally ill inmates; managed mental health services in the Segregation Unit; trained, recruited and supervised inmates for the Inmate Suicide Companion program; conducted employee interviews and training; consulted with executive staff; served as the local research coordinator for the national Bureau Of Prisons Mental Health Prevalence Study; and served as Director of Clinical Training for interns.
During graduate school, Dr. Rentler completed his diagnostic practicum at a Medium Security level state men’s prison, and a Therapy Practicum at a State Security Hospital for committed Mentally-Ill and Dangerous patients. He completed his Pre-doctoral internship at a Federal Medical Center (prison) with rotations in Forensic Assessment, Neuropsychological Assessment, Correctional Administration, and Clinical Training tracks.
In addition to being a clinical practitioner, Dr. Rentler is an adjunct faculty member at several major universities in the Northeast and across the nation teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Psychology, Human Services, Criminal Justice, and Sociology. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Board for “TAKING SIDES: Clashing Views in Abnormal Psychology, McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Learning Series” and “Taking Sides: Controversial Issues in Death and Dying, McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Learning Series.”
Professional Memberships and Affiliations:
Areas of Research: Forensic and criminal justice issues; forensic and offender risk assessment; psychopathy; clinical and forensic neuropsychological assessment. Pre-employment assessment and screening, especially in law enforcement; offender programs and supervision in prison and the community.
Dissertation Title: Predictors of Treatment Non-completion in an outpatient sample of Male Sex Offenders (2002)
Rentler, D. (Presenter), New Parole Officer Training, "Evidence-Based Practice in Parole Supervision," CT Parole and Community Services Division, Hartford, CT. (May 11, 2011).
Rentler, D. (Presenter), 4th Annual Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, "It Takes a Village. Reentry of Seriously Mentally Ill and Medically Compromised Inmates: Statewide Collaboration," University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA. (March 10, 2011).
Rentler, D. (Presenter), CT Criminal Justice Cross-Training Conference, "Collaborative Re-Entry Model for Mentally Ill Offenders," CT Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Commission, New Britain, CT. (August 20, 2010).
Rentler, D. (Moderator), APPA's 35th Annual Training Institute, "Breaking Down Barriers: Connecticut’s Collaborative Re-Entry Model for Mentally Ill Offenders," American Probation and Parole Association, Washington, DC. (August 15, 2010).
Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research:
Rentler, David (Supporting), "Second Chance Act, Re-Entry," Sponsored by CT DOC, CSSD, BOPP, DMHAS, Federal. (October 1, 2010 - Present).
Rentler, David (Supporting), "National Parole Resource Center, Learning Site," Sponsored by CT Board of Pardons and Paroles, Federal. (June 2010 - Present).
Rentler, David (Supporting), "Structured Parole Decision-Making," Sponsored by CT Board of Pardons and Paroles, Other. (October 2010 - Present).
Intellectual Contributions in Submission:
Rentler, D. In Author is Jeffrey Levy, PhD (Ed.), Reviewed text: "Adaptive Learning and the Human Condition". Boston, MA: Pearson.
Officer, Secretary, Economic Development Commission, Barkhamsted, Connecticut. (January 26, 2010 - December 31, 2012).