Monthly Archives: March 2018

The 49th Annual New England Summer School

The 49th Annual New England Summer School event will take place at centrally located Worcester State University, Worcester, MA from June 4 – 7, 2018. With 90 courses covering dozens of important topics, the New England Summer School is an event not to be missed. Click here for further program information. Coursework has been designed for new substance use disorder counselors, seasoned counselors, prevention specialists, recovery coaches, recovery organizers, criminal justice professionals, agency administrators, allied social service professionals, and all who encounter substance use disorders in their work.  We encourage you to register as soon as possible to ensure your course choices. Click here to check out the course list. We encourage you to click here to register today to ensure your course choices!

Most New England state agencies and some other entities are offering partial state scholarships. Click here to apply for scholarship assistance.

Once again this year, our planning committee and staff have worked hard on this comprehensive program, which addresses the critical needs of professionals and their agencies: courses to work toward certification or licensure, courses to enhance skills to work in an integrated care environment, recovery-oriented care, current and emerging issues, behavioral healthcare integration, and much more. An exciting plenary series also rounds out the program, beginning with our renowned opening plenary speaker, Dr. Howard Shaffer.

Over 90 courses are offered at the program on a wide variety of current treatment, recovery, and prevention topics. The following popular 4-day intensive courses will be offered:

  • Recovery Coach Academy
  • Substance Use Prevention Skills Training
  • Compulsive Gambling Training Institute


Comments from our participants each year reflect the value of this continuing education experience to their work:

"I thought the number of training opportunities was very helpful. I appreciated the number of different presentations I was able to attend and the variety of the trainings. It was really a lot of material presented in 4 days. Great value for the cost. I felt like I walked away with a lot of information."

"I enjoyed every program I attended. I found the information to be very useful in my work and could be implemented immediately.”

Exhibitors and Sponsors: Please contact Denise at or 207-621-2549 if you are interested in exhibiting or sponsorships at this year’s programs.

Save the date! Our Best Practices School will take place August 27 – August 30, 2018, in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, and registration will be available on our website later this spring.

Please take a moment to check out this year’s Summer School program at hope to see you in June!

Copeland Center Training Offering

The Copeland Center is offering a Wellness Engagement Training in Brattleboro.

For information please see below.

A Wellness Engagement Training - April 11 to 13 in Brattleboro at the Marlboro Tech Center. We are offering this training at a sliding scale for Vermonters, so register and we can talk. This training is for people who support others 1:1 in their wellness journey. Developing Wellness Plans and a structure to create Support Groups around a set of values developed by the group. These groups are able to become independent and self-sustaining. Please see the web site for more information and to register.


VCPI Steering Committee Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 12, 2018 Please join us!

Belinda Bessette introducing the showing of the movie Resilience at Steering Committee meeting in January 2018

A showing of the movie Resilience at our VCPI Steering Committee meeting on January 11th was very well received and we wish to thank Belinda Bessette (NCSS) for providing the opportunity to view the movie and for introducing the showing to our committee. Thank you, Belinda!

Our next Quarterly Steering Committee meeting will be held at the Waterbury State Office Complex on Monday, March 12th beginning at 9:30 a.m. and will run until 12:00 p.m. with lunch following the meeting. Please join us for the meeting and stay to network during the lunch hour. If you plan to attend, please email Amy Stonoha at to rsvp and order your lunch choice. We hope you can join us!

NEAR Talk – How Childhood Trauma Affects Lifelong Health

Trauma… it’s the really horrific things that we go through as people… things that deeply impact us. For some, trauma is a single point in time while others experience ongoing trauma and instability.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary includes these concepts when defining the word trauma:

Injury caused by an extrinsic (outside ourselves) agent

Results in severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury

In many cases when we experience trauma as adults we have gained the tools and relationships to carry us through. When we experience trauma as children we do not necessarily have those resources or the brain development that gives us the resilience needed. The more trauma or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that a child experiences, the greater the likelihood these experiences will have negative health impacts throughout their lifespan that can include obesity, heart disease, and substance use disorders.

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New Course Announcement!

Module-1-Announcement with YouTube Link

VCPI is excited to introduce our first module in the series of training curriculum focused on orienting new direct service providers to effectively partner with those who seek support within the Vermont System of Care. It seems most appropriate to start this series with the cornerstones of effective practice.With a focus on the values, principles, and beliefs, this first module in the series is designed to give new staff the opportunity to hear about the importance of these concepts directly from those who have participated in supports and services and encourage effective partnering with other professionals. In addition to an on-line video module and accompanying workbook, there are supplemental materials that will assist with integrating the information into practice.

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