Monthly Archives: April 2018

Collaborative Network Approach (CNA): June Conference and Regional Gathering

Collaborative Network Approach (CNA): Applications with individuals experiencing early psychosis and other psychiatric crises

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - Collaborative Network Approach (CNA): Applications with individuals experiencing early psychosis and other psychiatric crises

Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th - The 4TH Annual Gathering of Programs Working With Dialogic Network Practices

See attached brochure for details and how to register:

CNA-June Conference flyer 2018

Managing Older Adults with Substance Use Disorders

Managing Older Adults with Substance Use Disorders

May 16, 2018, Noon to 1:30 p.m. E.T.


Substance use disorders (SUD) are a significant public health concern for the growing population of older adults.

By 2020, the number of older adults with SUD in the United States is expected to rise from 2.8 million in 2002-2006

to 5.7 million. This webinar will describe substance use disorder (SUD) screening tools, how to effectively

diagnose SUD, and available treatment resources. Speakers will also discuss the need for care coordination for

older adults affected by SUD.


Registration Link:


Part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Geriatric Competent Care Webinar Series


NAMI Vermont’s Pathways to Wellness Conference

NAMI Vermont's Pathways to Wellness Conference is fast approaching in 3 weeks!! Don't miss out on what promises to be an amazing event. Register today!

Pathways to Wellness Conference

Wednesday, May 16, 8:30 am - 4:15 pm

at Champlain College Conference and Event Center

The conference will be packed with timely and informative workshops, inspirational keynote speakers, and the opportunity to network with peers, families and mental health professionals.


The registration fee (which includes continental breakfast, lunch and snacks) is $80 per person/$45 per NAMI member. If there are many in your organization interested in attending, take advantage of the group registration rate of $60 per person for groups of 10 or more.


Full and partial scholarships are available to low-income peers and family members so that anyone can attend regardless of their ability to pay.


The conference is approved for CEU hours for Social Workers and LCMHCs at an additional cost of $10.


Click here to learn more and to register today!

Workshops include:

  • Chittenden County Community Outreach Initiative
  • Intentional Peer Support
  • Lessons from the Field: An Eldercare Clinician's Perspective Working With Some of the State's Most Vulnerable Adults
  • Housing Retention Panel: Helping Those at Risk for Homelessness
  • Creating a Healing Environment: Moving Towards the Elimination of Restraint & Seclusion at CVMC by Redefining its Meaning & Transforming our Culture and Ourselves
  • Finding Hope Through Support

Want to learn more about these workshops? Click here.


Two amazing keynote speakers will be at the conference:

  • Ronald Braunstein: Co-Founder and Music Director of the Me2/Orchestras, the world's only classical music organization for people with mental illnesses and those who support them.
  • Ron Powers: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author who will discuss the social history of mental illness in America while sharing the deeply personal story of his two sons’ battles with schizophrenia.

A special thanks to the conference sponsors: UVM Medical Center, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Brattleboro Retreat, and NorthCountry Federal Credit Union, along with a grant from Vermont Department of Mental Health.


If you have any questions about the event or need help registering, please don't hesitate to contact Laurie Emerson at 802-876-7949 x101 or email:

Violence, Trauma, and the Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Mental Health Settings

Online copies of the handouts for the 6CS two day training held on April 24th. and 25th. can be found at the link below. If you have trouble opening the link contact Amy Stonoha at


Judson Brewer ( and Julie Hynes ( are AMAZING speakers on the topic of addiction and craving.

You will hear from THE BEST on the latest in addiction, craving, mindfulness and the brain with a focus on evolving technologies for prevention and treatment across addictions.

This workshop is not to be missed. It is sure to be one of the best, most affordable workshops in Vermont in 2018. SIX 6 CEU's for Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, LADCs.


Fri, April 27, 2018

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT


Hotel Vermont

41 Cherry Street

Burlington, VT 05401


Refunds up to 7 days before event


Event Information: New Jersey Recovery Coaches training/webinar

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA/CSAT), in partnership with the Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, invites you to a webinar to learn about an exciting apprenticeship program for individuals aspiring to be certified alcohol and drug counselors. The apprenticeship initiative is born out of a pilot program that the New Jersey Talent Development Center (TDC) launched in partnership with Homeless Solutions and Mental Health Associations of Essex and Morris Counties in 2016.

Program Background


TDC and the Homelessness Solution and Mental Health Association started the apprenticeship to provide their 10 case managers training to become certified alcohol and drug counselors.


Former Governor Chris Christie learned about the importance of the training during a site visit and decided to expand it statewide. So, the state awarded the New Jersey Healthcare TDC a $1.3 million grant to expand the apprenticeship program as part of New Jersey's efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. The grant allows TDC to provide New Jersey residents access to 270 hours of free classroom instruction and 3,100 hours of paid on-the-job training. New Jersey’s Healthcare TDC is based in Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.


Webinar Information


The 90-minute webinar will focus on how the program started, how the training made a difference to the employees, and how the expansion is helping New Jersey offer this program to additional employers.


Time and Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 3:00–4:30 p.m. (EST).



Please follow the instructions below to log in to the Web Conferencing Service:


Log into the Web Conferencing Service: A few minutes before the call, access the service by following the steps below:



Please note: Many government agencies have firewall protections in place to prevent staff from downloading add-ons. Please work with your IT department prior to the live event to ensure that you will be able to download the add-on, if necessary.

Here’s to Vermont’s Efforts in This Important Area

Behavioral Healthcare Integration

Click to Watch:

Executive Directors Corner:

Hello everyone. Happy Spring?

  • Regardless, spirits across our network are running high as plans for so many opportunities are published here on our page- webinars, grants being announced, conferences, symposiums, and the truly unique New England Summer School of Addiction Studies. There's really no better way to get a good dose of high quality content in a short and enjoyable amount of time. We hope you take time to check out all of your options!
  • The operational side of VCPI's work also continues to speed along. Watch this site for an upcoming announcement about VCPI's plans for a new home with another organization. We are grateful to SNHU for the work done to give VCPI a solid foundation and yet recognize we're ready for something different.
  • Keep your eye on the legislature to track progress on bills aimed at making a difference for all Vermonters by focusing on the issue of children's trauma. We're proud of VCPI's involvement in championing this work.
  • We have subcommittees working on policies and procedures and other operational components of the work that are always happy to listen to ideas and are open to more involvement.

    Finally, we've established some simple ways to allow for members only access to some of our new resources. If you haven't figured out how to access, get in touch with Amy for support. Don't miss what's been developed specifically to fit your needs! or 802 655-7235

Thank you,

Karen Crowley

Join us for the National Association of Social Workers-Vermont Chapter’s Annual Conference:

"Shaping Tomorrow Together!"

At beautiful Champlain College. Co-sponsored by the Champlain College Social Work Department.

Our day will start with a keynote address from Vermont State Representative and social worker Ann Pugh, followed by a panel of social workers speaking on Social Work in Vermont: Past, Present and Future. For the afternoon, choose from several dynamic workshops. Please view workshop description below, as you will be asked to select your choices when you register.


Fri, June 1, 2018

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM EDT


Champlain College

375 Maple Street

Burlington, VT 05401

For registration:

New Grant Opportunities

SAMHSA is announcing the availability of up to $210 million for Project AWARE State Education Agency grants

Application Due Date: Monday, June 4, 2018


Click Here to Learn More About this Grant

SAMHSA is announcing the availability of up to $4.7 million for Improving Access to Overdose Treatment grants

Application Due Date: Monday, June 4, 2018

Click Here to Learn More About this Grant


Pathway Vermont – Save the Date

We are excited to announce that Pathways Vermont's 3rd Annual Breakfast Fundraiser!

This year's event will be held on:

 Tuesday, May 22nd from 8:30 - 9:30 AM at the Trader Duke's Hotel in South Burlington.


You can help make this year's event a success by hosting a table of ten friends and family.  Breakfast is free and there is no requirement to give!

If you are interested in hosting a table or attending, please contact Pat Gallagher at for more information.

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