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Sessions & Schedule

Workshop Descriptions


Monday, December 5th, 2022


9:00am-10:00am - Plenary


Improving Court and Community Response to Mental Illness - Main Ballroom


This critical presentation will focus on how the New Hampshire Judiciary is elevating it’s work in the area of mental illness with plans to work collaboratively alongside community partners to improve the court and community response to individuals experiencing mental illness.   Chief Justice Gordon J. MacDonald, New Hampshire Supreme Court; Dianne Martin, Director, Administrative Office of the Courts; Major Russell S. Conte (Ret.) New Hampshire State Police, Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator

10:30am-12:00pm – Session A Breakouts


A1 - Older Adults and Substance Use Disorder -Pemigewasset


This session will include topics of epidemiology on substance use in older adults, risk factors and specific vulnerabilities for substance misuse in older adults, and screening tools used to identify substance misuse in older adults. Panelists, including a peer support specialist, an MLADC clinician, and MAT provider, will describe evidenced based interventions and treatment recommendations. This presentation includes didactic instruction, case study presentation, and a period for questions and discussion.  Marcy Ainslie, EdD, APRN, FNP, Bret Smith, CRSW, CPS, NCPRSS & Charlotte Johnson, LCMHC


A2 - Using S*BI*RT in the NH Juvenile Court Diversion Network - Dartmouth


The NH Juvenile Court Diversion Network will inform participants how member programs utilize the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment practice for all juvenile offenders referred to an accredited diversion program, in an effort to provide and/or refer first-time offenders to appropriate support for mental health and substance use issues. Screening results are also used by the Network for continuous quality improvement of diversion services statewide. Presenters will also discuss how the Network is moving the NH Diversion Model through the NH Service to Science process as a promising practice towards designation as an evidence-based model. Alissa Cannon, BS, Nicole Rodler, BA & Rachel Kohn, MSW, MPH


A3 - Looking Back and Planning Ahead: The Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs Action Plan - Contoocook


The Center for Excellence on Addiction will review the purpose and mission of the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs, provide an update of the progress made on the Governor’s Commission 3-Year Action Plan (2019-2021) as well as an overview of the key themes identified through data gathered from New Hampshire residents affected by alcohol and other drugs, Commission members, and other stakeholders that will be used to inform the Commission’s next three year action plan (2022-2024). Participants will also have the opportunity to provide input on what should be prioritized among the key areas of the new action plan.  Amy Daniels, MSW, LICSW, CPS, Patrick Tufts, Helen Hanks, MS, Matt McKenny, Seddon Savage, MD


A4 - Bridging Gaps with Harm Reduction & Peer-Based Recovery - Merrimack


This workshop will explore intersections of harm reduction and peer-based recovery support services, particularly around a hybrid model of recovery community centers providing harm reduction supplies and services. We will look at opportunities available to integrate these efforts and understand them across prevention, treatment, recovery and social service agencies in our community to widen our engagement by offering services that are proven to enhance public health and reduce overdose deaths.  This workshop will also look at common biases that we explore to offer opportunities in how we approach those who are the most marginalized in our communities that will support them appropriately.  This workshop will examine efforts that demonstrate the ability for reducing harms for more individuals who use drugs safely while increasing access to recovery and basic needs; strategies being implemented here in NH that are working; and as we move forward, policy changes and strategies being used nationally that NH has yet to explore that might improve public health and decrease overdose death. John Burns, CRSW & Ashley Lewis, CRSW


A5 - Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT): A School-Based Approach to Reinforce Healthy Behaviors - Frost/Hawthorne


This session includes an overview of the benefits of screening youth, and intervening to prevent, delay or reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and other substances. Based on experiences of supporting youth SBIRT implementation across various settings, and specifically experiences with a pilot project implementing SBIRT in the school setting, presenters will share lessons learned related to engaging stakeholders and operationalizing a new process that links educational and health services in the school setting. Topics include important considerations for successful implementation, and essential community and statewide resources to support referrals. Martha Bradley, MS, Janet Valuk, MS & Amy Moffett, BA


A6 - NH’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Behavioral Health and Wellness: An Integrated Approach to Supporting Student Mental Health and Social-Emotional Wellbeing in NH Schools - Piscataquog


This workshop will describe the evolution and current state of NH’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Behavioral Health and Wellness (MTSS-B) in NH public schools, a comprehensive, integrated system of social, emotional, and behavioral supports to promote student wellness and improve engagement in learning.  Presenters will provide an overview of the MTSS-B framework, which emphasizes the concept of mental health for all students, supported through an integrated school-community behavioral health effort, use of evidence-based tiered prevention framework and practices, and ongoing data-informed practice improvement.  Presenters will also discuss the vision and current state of the MTSS-B Technical Assistance Center –a partnership between the Office of Social and Emotional Wellness at the NH Department of Education and the Center for Behavioral Health Innovation at Keene State College –which provides support to NH districts and schools implementing MTSS-B.   The discussion will highlight the newly developed and comprehensive MTSS-B Toolkit, available for public use, which includes an emphasis on implementation science and the integration and use of evaluation and data. Megan Phillips, PsyD, Katherine Leswing, MA & Molly White, MEd


1:00pm-2:30pm – Session B Breakouts


B1 - Inside the NH State House: Legislative and Advocacy Process - Pemigewasset


Join leading advocacy experts in how the legislative and advocacy process works in New Hampshire. Topics to be covered will include: how a bill becomes a law, how to engage in the legislative process and with State legislators, leveraging direct mail and how to engage members of the public in the advocacy effort. James Monahan, Senator Sharon Carson, Kate Frey & Courtney Tanner


B2 - What NH Providers Need to Know About Gambling and Gambling Disorders - Dartmouth


The workshop includes narrative of a gambling disorder followed by academic presentations on gambling and gambling disorder.  Discussion will focus on comorbidity and comorbidities with substance use disorders. This interactive and participatory session concludes with offering a revised Gambling Treatment Disorder guide and other resources for providers and individuals affected by gambling-related problems.  Debi A. LaPlante, PhD, Heather M. Gray, PhD & Ed Talbot


B3 - Alternative Peer Groups Build Recovery Capital for Youth with SUD/COD - Merrimack


Alternative Peer Groups are an essential service along a continuum of substance use treatment and supports for youth and young adults that allow them to grow their own recovery capital in order to sustain their recovery.  This session will explore elements of recovery capital including personal, familial, community and cultural factors, share where Alternative Peer Groups are being provided and resources for organizations interested in starting up their own Alternative Peer Group, or seeking training as an Alternative Peer Group Facilitator. Heidi Cloutier, MSW & Bob Faghan, MLADC


B4 - COVID 19 Impacts on Trauma Informed Care - Piscataquog


By means of didactic lecture with power point and interactive discussion, participants will first learn the latest research on COVID 19 and its impacts on mental health and trauma. General principles of the trauma informed care model will be discussed and awareness given to how this model can be therapeutic with working with others impacted by the pandemic. Participants will gain awareness of how COVID 19 trauma can affect them in practice and lead to burn out and/or compassion fatigue A discussion will occur that will ask participants to identify what burn out looks like for them individually and be introduced to different techniques to increase self -care. Rebecca Poladian, MS, LPC & Hollie “Ben” Brown, BA


B5 - Leveraging the Lived Experience Using Experience Based Co-Design- Frost/Hawthorne


Experience Based Co-Design (EBCD) is an effective method to ensure that the lived experience of patients, staff and clinicians are included in improving care delivery.  However, individuals with a substance use disorder, are rarely invited to be part of improvement efforts.  This interactive session explores the results of an EBCD project that took an innovative approach to recruit and include individuals who use or have a history of using substances in the EBCD process. The results led to promising changes around reducing stigma and increasing equity of care.  Join us to understand EBCD lessons learned, the results of this project and how this method can be adapted for other populations who have historically been excluded in standard patient and family engagement strategies. Tanya Lord, PhD, MPH


B6 - Family Ties Inside Out - Contookcook


The Anne E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 report on the national effects of parental incarceration concluded that “millions of children are suffering the consequences of their parent’s sentences and our nation’s tough on crime practices."  The aim of this workshop will be to familiarize leadership and behavioral health clinicians with an overview of traumatic impact of parental incarceration, focus on the impact on NH children and families, and present a range of practices to support these vulnerable families. Specifically, we will share the model developed in the Family Ties Inside Out DOJ federal grant (FTIO) grant recently received by NH-DOC in collaboration with Waypoint is forming a statewide collaborative implementing evidence-based and promising practices to support these vulnerable children, caregivers and parents. Dr. Joanne Linden & Tiffani Arsenault, MS


3:00pm-4:30pm – Session C Breakouts


C1 - Telehealth! Policy, Practice and Patients - Contookcook


Attendees will explore the current trends in telehealth utilization across a variety of specialties, including behavioral health, and key telehealth policy and practice considerations that are emerging as the potential end of the federal public health emergency approaches. Research gaps about the effectiveness of telemedicine for patients with serious mental illness (SMI), identifying and describing characteristics of community mental health center SMI patients retained in treatment and associated with use of telemedicine will be shared. Panelists will also examine perceived operational barriers to permanent telehealth adoption and corresponding solutions. Participants will explore how addressing training gaps and workflow adaptions through the provision of workforce feedback loops, team supports, and engaging in standardized patient satisfaction measurement and evaluation can support long-term delivery system change. They will also participate in a brief facilitated activity to promote knowledge, understanding and adoption of standardized client/patient satisfaction assessments in order to advance a telehealth person-first culture across the Granite State. Deborah Fournier, JD, Marcy Ainslie, EdD, APRN, FNP & Marcy Doyle, DNP


C2 - Youth and Family Driven Wraparound- Building the Capacity of Youth and Families to Achieve Their Vision and Move Forward - Dartmouth


The development of New Hampshire’s Children’s System of Care framework evolved from the integration of the NH Wraparound model, and has been built into a structure that offers a continuum of care for youth and families. In New Hampshire, Wraparound has progressed from a cross-systems administrative decision-making process to an intensive youth- and family-driven enhanced care coordination intervention for children and youth with complex social, emotional, and mental health needs.  The NH Bureau for Children’s Behavioral Health has successfully implemented and scaled-up youth- and family-driven wraparound and enhance care coordination into a statewide resource that now serves over 600 families a year. This presentation focuses on the wraparound practice model and the enhanced care coordination model, including facilitation of youth- and family-driven engagement, planning, and resource development.  The presenters will discuss several case examples, and allow for questions from participants. Daryll Tenney, MEd, Julie Perron, MS, Laurie Foster, BS, Carolina Enzler, BA, and Kaitlyn Gould, BA


C3 - New Hampshire's State Opioid Response Grant (SOR) Update and Impact on Treatment and Recovery Supports: NH Doorways, Recovery Housing and More - Pemigewasset


This panel presentation will inform participants of the status of New Hampshire’s State Opioid Response Grant, which seeks to help fill the gaps in our state’s continuum of care through prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts focusing on the substance use disorder treatment Doorway program and related services. Speakers from the Department of Health and Human Services SOR team as well as SOR-funded providers will discuss data, outcomes, what’s worked and the sustainability of the programs. Participants will learn and discuss topics related to integration, best practices in evidence-based substance use disorder treatment, and recovery, and the statewide effort currently underway to support the adoption of those practices across the continuum of care.  Panelists share lessons learned and future integration efforts to support special populations with substance abuse disorders. Jenny O’Higgins, MA, Jennifer Sabin MSW, Nelson Hayden, MA, MBA, MLADC, Laurie Butz-Meyerrose & Kate Crary, BS


C4 - Employing Evidence Based Strategies to Reduce the Impact of Suicide - Piscataquog











This workshop will look at evidence-based practices for a comprehensive community-based response to suicide to reduce subsequent risk and promote healing a comprehensive community-based response to a suicide death.   This workshop will examine the complex dynamics associated with suicide and the impact on vulnerable populations; examine implementing strategies for reducing risk and promoting healing after sudden traumatic loss; and developing comprehensive planning around suicide postvention.   Elaine de Mello, LCSW


C5 - Addressing Stigma within the Treatment Field; Bridging the Gap Between Non-recovery and In-recovery Providers - Frost /Hawthorne


Disparities within the mental health and addiction field go far beyond inequality of services and resources; we must now consider the impact these disparities have in our organizational culture.  Although the mantra "mental health & addiction does not discriminate" is accurate, there is however, discrimination within the treatment field. Over the years disparities among in-recovery and non-­recovery staff have been researched and documented. With all the attention on eradicating mental health and addiction stigma, how much attention do we really pay to how those disparities trickle into our organizational culture and impact staff? This interactive workshop will explore the historical evolution of mental health and substance use treatment in the US. We will go behind the scenes to explore and discuss the historical and current overt and covert discrimination in-recovery and non-recovery staff experience entering the treatment field. We will learn to identify the symptoms organizations and teams experience and identify strategies to help bridge the gap and eliminate internal stigma. James Gamache, MSW, LICSW, MLADC


C6 - Improving Pediatric Mental Health in NH Through Collaboration, Community, and Data - Merrimack


In this workshop, participants will learn about the knowledge and skill-building activities and resources offered by the NH Mental HealthCare Access in Pediatrics Program (NH MCAP), a NH DHHS/UNH Institute for Health Policy & Practice effort focused on building the capacity of local pediatric primary care clinicians in addressing and supporting NH children and teens with a mental health condition and their families. This program provides a range of clinical skill building opportunities and practical tools to support the assessment, treatment, and linkage of children/families to community-based resources.  Participants of this session will view a pre-recorded mock ECHO demonstrating program supports.  Presenters will also demonstrate the use of the NH MCAP Referral Directory and briefly cover the claims data analysis on 2019 data for pediatric mental health utilization in NH. Corina Chao, BSPH & Felicity Bernard, LCMHC


Tuesday, December 6th, 2022


8:45am -9:00am Plenary


DHHS, COVID-19, Behavioral Health & Beyond - Main Ballroom


Commissioner Lori Shibinette took the helm of NH Department of Health and Human Services in early 2020, right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Her previous positions include Deputy Commissioner at DHHS; CEO at NH Hospital; and Administrator at the Merrimack County Nursing Home.  While her tenure as DHHS Commissioner was dominated by COVID-19, she will offer her perspective on behavioral health issues and how NH is moving forward. As her tenure as Commissioner at DHHS comes to an end, she will share a reflection of her time as Commissioner and what she sees for the future of NH DHHS.


9:00am-10:00am - Plenary


Grow, Retain, Sustain:  Creating a Robust Healthcare Workforce - Main Ballroom

This presentation will address New Hampshire’s health care workforce crisis and will highlight the work the Endowment’s Forward Fund undertook to craft a detailed, multi-year strategic plan entitled “Giving Care: A Strategic Plan to Expand and Support New Hampshire's Health Care Workforce”.  As the plan now begins its implementation phase, Dr. Goldsberry and Ms. Franckhauser will offer insight into how the new HealthForce NH effort will advance public policy, challenge the private sector and seek to coordinate on-going healthcare workforce initiatives. Dr. Yvonne Goldsberry, President of the Endowment for Health 
Margaret Franckhauser, Director of Aging Services, U.S. at John Snow, Inc.


10:30am-12:00pm – Session D Breakouts


D1 - Cannabis Prevention and Risk Reduction in the Era of Commercial Cannabis: The Intersection of Policy and Prevention - Merrimack


While not yet legal in New Hampshire, adult-use cannabis has been legalized in states surrounding the Granite State. Meanwhile conversations continue about moving forward with legalized cannabis in New Hampshire. This rapidly evolving cannabis policy landscape has implications for how we select, plan, and implement youth and young adult cannabis prevention strategies. This training walks though the importance of cannabis policy literacy, how it intersects with and informs the work we do in prevention, and the tools and resources available to help guide us in this important work. Scott M. Gagnon, MPP, PS-C


D2 - Magnifying the Voice of NH's Youth through Expressive Art - Frost/Hawthorne

The Magnify Voices Express Arts Contest for NH students in grades 5-12 held its 3rd competition in 2021. Perhaps in part due to the pandemic, Granite State students shared deeply personal stories and insight into youth mental health challenges at a whole new level. This workshop will provide an overview of the NH Children’s System of Care Magnify Voices Expressive Arts Contest and showcase how the contest is working to achieve its goals of raising awareness, erasing stigma, and effectuating change in New Hampshire. The presentation will demonstrate the positive impact the contest has had on New Hampshire’s students and on their ability to influence systemic change in the Granite State. Michele Watson, MBA & Adele Bauman, MS


D3 - Cultural Change in SUD Treatment: An Organization Wide Approach -Contookcook


Within this session, a moderated panel will describe a two-year effort at Wentworth Douglass Hospital to improve care for patients with substance use disorder through a cultural change effort.  The hospital used NH funding from the Foundation for Healthy Communities to create a Substance Use Resource Team (SURT) and institute widespread provider and staff education on the biological nature of SUD and its treatment.  The goal was to eradicate the stigma that often prevents people from seeking treatment.  The leaders of the effort will discuss the successes and challenges of the effort and make recommendations for other institutions interested in cultural change. Peter Fifield, Ed.D, Jen Stout, MSW & Christine Morris, MS


D4 - Words Matter…Let’s Talk About the Language of Mental Health - Piscataquog


Have the words used to talk about mental health ever left you cringing? If so, we invite you to

participate in this dynamic conversation about changing the language of mental health. We will explore why the language we use to talk about mental health is important, share stories connecting language and stigma, and crowdsource ways we might change the language we use so that people feel seen and heard no matter what challenges they may be facing. Jude Grophear, BS, BA, Martha Hewitt, MS, Michelle Wagner, MS & Cynthia Whitaker, PsyD


D5 - New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Community Listening Project: Personal Experiences, Findings, and Recommendations - Dartmouth


Results and discussion of a mixed methods participatory action research project commissioned by the NH Charitable Foundation to identify barriers to opportunity that exist in New Hampshire for people with dimensions of diversity, with a focus on ethnic/racial diversity and socioeconomic status. Findings related to access to mental health and basic needs services, with an emphasis on qualitative data, will be shared along with other interconnecting factors.  Joede Brown, BA, Traci Fowler, MSW & Fay Pierce


D6 - Guns, Violence, Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders – Is there a Connection? - Pemigewasset


With the recent increase in mass shootings, media and politicians often point to mental illness as being the cause of firearm violence.  Through lecture, interactive live polling and discussion, this workshop will explore public perception vs what research and science informs us about the connection between violence, gun violence and mental illness and what role substance use disorders also play in firearm violence. Kenneth Norton, LICSW, MSW


1:00pm-2:30pm – Session E Breakouts


E1 - Zero Suicide: How This Important Program Saves Lives - Piscataquog


The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under the care of health and behavioral health systems are preventable. For systems dedicated to improving patient safety, Zero Suicide presents an aspirational challenge and practical framework for system-wide transformation toward safer suicide care.  Within this session providers will learn the fundamentals of Zero Suicide and how to start implementation in their own practice. Rebecca Poladian, MS, LPC & Kristin Tyree, LPCC


E2 - Tackling the NH Housing Crisis - Pemigewasset


Tom DeRosa is senior consultant for NH Housing Action and partner with B-fresh Consulting.  A panel of housing experts will address the public policy associated with tackling the NH Housing crisis.  The panel of speakers will include:

•          Melissa Hatfield, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Housing Supports

•          Kim Bock, Executive Director, NHCORR (NH Coalition of Recovery Residences)

•          Herb Carpenter, Executive Director, Fellowship Housing

•          Ben Frost, Deputy Executive Director/Chief Legal Officer, New Hampshire Housing

Elissa Margolin, Director of Housing Action NH, will moderate the panel and set the conversation with an overview of housing policy and legislative action to date. Tom DeRosa, Melissa Hatfield, Kim Bock JD, Herb Carpenter, Ben Frost & Elissa Margolin[CW2] 


E3 - Reducing Youth Access to Tobacco and Vaping Products: Strategies for Reducing Retail Sales to Youth While Addressing Emerging Products and Tobacco 21 - Dartmouth


This workshop will help tobacco prevention and control practitioners and stakeholders reduce youth retail access to tobacco and vaping products by using data to identify and address the factors most associated with tobacco and vaping retail violation rates. Participants will also learn how New Hampshire is working to enhance its efforts to reduce retail access to tobacco and vaping products while incorporating new and emerging products and policies such as Tobacco 21 into state tobacco prevention and control efforts. Jeff Barr, BS & Laurie Barger Sutter, BSAS, BA


E4 - Mental Health Challenges faced by LGBTQ Individuals and their Families - Merrimack


Within this session will be discussions about family, medical and social challenges LGBTQ people face from their childhood and into their adult years. Participants will learn ways to help someone face negative challenges, envision futures for themselves and their families, and greater understand the medical path of transgender individuals to become pleased with their physical being.  A lesbian, gay or bisexual child may not experience differences between themselves and others during their pre-teen years. Only during puberty will they feel attraction to others of their own gender. This is unlike a transgender child, who may demonstrate gender conflicts as early as the age of two. The parents of these young children will need to revise their view of the world around them and adjust their parenting skills to care for their children.  Gerri Cannon, BS


E5 - Pediatric Trauma-Informed Care at Various Levels of Integration: Implementation Strategies for Success - Frost/Hawthorne


The intent of this session is to provide tools and strategies for implementing trauma-informed care (TIC) efforts in practices across various levels of integration or capacity, from small independent rural office to hospital-based clinic with mental health integration.  Discussion will focus on assessing clinic readiness for TIC, building clinician/staff skills in TIC, and brokering relationships with key community partners to align services and facilitate care coordination. Participants will engage in hands-on activities to assess core components of trauma-informed care in a clinic setting and discuss strategies to engage partners in building a community-wide trauma support based on their practices’ needs and strengths. Felicity Bernard, LCMHC & Delitha Watts, AS


E6 - Preventing Substance Use Disorders by Mitigating Adverse Childhood Experiences - Contookcook


This session will provide an overview of the neuroscience of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), the impact of high ACE scores on the individual and society, and how education, community resilience and Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) can prevent substance use disorders. It will also illustrate these principles as they apply to the Portsmouth Coordinated Response to SUD.  Larry McCullough, Ed.D. & Mark Lefebvre


3:00pm-4:30pm – Session F Breakouts


F1 - Creating Connections NH: A Continuum of Support for Youth and Young Adults with Substance Use Disorder and or Co-Occurring Disorders - Piscataquog


Youth and young adults are high-risk populations for the development of chronic substance misuse and yet there are few treatment interventions designed to meet their unique developmental needs. This workshop will focus on 3 years of implementation of The Seven Challenges,® and Alternative Peer Groups in several NH communities. The Seven Challenges is a research-based intervention for youth (ages 12-25) with substance use disorders (SUD) and Co-occurring mental health disorders and SUD (COD). Alternative Peer Groups are youth-led and focused on creating health-promoting social networks for youth is recovery from SUD. This workshop includes several case examples, a description of the implementation context, and new expansion sites. Adele Bauman, MS, Bob Faghan, MLADC, Heidi Cloutier, MSW & JoAnne M. Malloy, PhD

F2 - Discover Your Organization’s Battle Rhythm: Evaluate & Enhance Organizational Practices to Meet the Needs of Service Members, Veterans and Their Families - Frost/Hawthorne


 “Have you or a family member ever served in the military?” This intentionally specific question has been used in New Hampshire to ensure Service Members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF) connect to the appropriate courses of treatment, resources and referrals. It has received national attention for its simplicity and effectiveness. In the past year, the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol & Other Drugs authorized funding a re-launch the campaign with an enhanced focus on helping professionals move beyond the question to the procedural and operational behaviors of Ask, Link, Collaborate. The funding from the Commission is making technical assistance available to SUD providers in the form of free consultation and coaching to help organizations develop customize plans to operationalize how they identify, link and collaborate; free training for staff; financial grants to assist with costs to implementation; and data analysis to inform future work. Workshop participants will learn about the program available to them through the funding of the Governor’s Commission, receive an overview of the importance of engaging in such work and identify specific steps their organization can take to be more effective at serving those in the military & veteran population. Amy Cook, BA


F3 - Setting Compassionate Boundaries in Substance use Treatment - Contookcook


This training considers participants' experiences of using the principles of trauma-informed care in concrete ways at work. The benefits of approaching this work compassionately are considered, using nursing research, both from the perspective of client and provider, and a frank discussion on the challenges of finding compassion at times is facilitated with the group. The concept of compassionate boundaries is introduced, offering education about healthy, loose, absent, and rigid boundaries, how they present in our patients, and how we may best offer compassionate interventions. Finally, participants look at their own boundaries and consider ways to set healthy boundaries for themselves to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout.  Jen Stout, MSW


F4 - The Case for Motivational Interviewing as a Leadership Model - Pemigewasset


As a Motivational Interviewing (MI) practitioner, you’re familiar with its use with your clientele and the impact it has had on your effectiveness. Have you also noticed it affecting your working relationships with colleagues and supervisees in a positive way? If so, you’re not alone. Recent research has increasingly focused on the potential of MI as a model of supervision and organizational leadership. Come discuss the findings and imagine the possibilities for your organization! Robert Jope, LMHC


F5 - The American Rescue Plan to Act: Impacts, Opportunities, and Benefits to NH: an Update on Federal Funding in NH - Merrimack


Phil Sletten, the Research Director at the NH Fiscal Policy Institute will provide a deep dive into how federal COVID relief funds have flowed into NH and how the state has and will allocate billions of dollars in funding.  Topics to be covered will include: How the ARPA is organized and key pockets of funding. How ARPA funding has been allocated to date and what resources are still in the pipeline. A focus on mental health and SUD funding programs supported by the ARPA in NH. Phil Sletten, MPAff


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