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Valley Vista is hiring!

We could use your help and so could our patients, especially if you know someone looking to make a difference while improving their own quality of life with a job in Vermont.

Valley Vista is hiring! 

An opportunity to make a difference

in the lives of others awaits!

Valley Vista, a 99-bed, accredited and nationally recognized chemical dependency and co-occurring treatment program with locations in Bradford and Vergennes, Vermont, is currently seeking qualified, caring candidates for the following positions, opportunities to help those in need of special talent and unique treatment style:

Recovery Specialist

Valley Vista is seeking Recovery Specialists at our Vergennes location. The primary responsibility of the Recovery Specialist is to facilitate a client's journey towards a positive and successful recovery by making sure the client understands his/her responsibilities in the program while providing guidance and support when needed. All shifts are needed, full time and part time.

Primary Therapist

Valley Vista is seeking a Primary Therapist at our Bradford location. In this role, the Primary therapist serves as the clinician for patients suffering from substance use disorder (SUD) and often times, a co-occurring mental health condition. Responsibilities include providing a comprehensive clinical assessment of new patients, the development of individualized treatment plans, counseling in both individual and group settings, documentation and so much more that will help patients find their path towards enduring recovery. Experience working in a SUD environment and trauma informed care are highly desirable.

Nurse Practitioner

Valley Vista is seeking a Nurse Practitioner at our Vergennes location. As an NP at our small 19-bed women's residential treatment campus, you will handle admissions of new patients, conduct histories and physicals, medical assessments and in consultation with a Psychiatrist, manage psychotropic medications.

AND THERE'S MORE!!

Visit www.vvista.net for all openings!

Valley Vista offers a competitive compensation and benefit package including medical, dental, and vision as well as 401k, tuition reimbursement, and 

20 days (four weeks) of Paid Time Off (PTO).

To apply, click on the job title within each posting or visit our website and click "Careers with Valley Vista" at the bottom of each page.

Valley Vista is a part of the Meridian Behavioral Health family and provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

Here is an excellent article by Nev Jones.

An excellent article by Nev Jones who continues to work with Vermont on issues related to early serious mental illness.

https://psmag.com/magazine/the-touch-of-madness-mental-health-schizophrenia

MFPCC News Alert – June 11, 2018

Taking on Our Workforce Crisis

BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVE, June 7, 2018

by Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

I am delighted to announce that the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has released a Special Supplement on workforce developments in behavioral healthcare. You can access this entire document gratis.

Articles in this special issue cover a broad range of topics. Specifically, they address research on workforce planning, service delivery and practice, and workforce preparation. They also advocate for intelligent allocation of resources to ensure all clients have access to behavioral healthcare.

No more important topic surrounds our field than the current and growing crisis in the availability of well-trained providers. Our baby boomers are retiring, and too few millennials are joining us. Thus, this Special Supplement could not come at a more opportune time. It focuses a spotlight on our human resource issues and provides an important glimpse into new developments that can allay this problem.

On several prior occasions, I have argued that our human resource crisis is far, far too important to be ignored or left to chance. Here is one simple example of the growing magnitude of this crisis: By 2060, almost 100 million Americans will be age 65 and older. Of this total, it is reasonable to estimate that about 20 million persons will require behavioral healthcare services. This latter group would represent an approximate doubling of the number who currently receive behavioral healthcare services today. Clearly, such growth simply will not be achievable unless we have a dramatic change in direction.

What are some of our options?

 

Read more at: https://www.behavioral.net/blogs/ron-manderscheid/taking-our-workforce-crisis

 

Create Trauma Informed Schools – One Caring Adult – free online course

Please consider distributing this free online training on school based trauma informed responses to children who have experienced child sexual abuse.  I think it is actually relevant for all kids who have experienced trauma and is really accessible for school staff to take.

This is from our colleagues at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center/Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.  They have a lot of really great free online courses in addition!

One in six boys and one in four girls will be sexually assaulted before they turn eighteen so it’s clear that most teachers interact with students who have experienced sexual abuse. 

Trauma impacts how students learn and how they interact with adults and peers. However, when educators understand how to care for these students, they can help minimize the impact of trauma and foster resiliency.

Our new e-learning course, One Caring Adult, trains educators on how to do just that.

This three-part course consists of seven videos featuring experts such as a trauma specialist, teacher, psychologist, and sexual assault advocate. The goal of the course is to help teachers learn how to make their classrooms a safe and comforting space for all students.
We know that youth who experience sexual violence are more likely to be revictimized in adulthood, which is why it's critical advocates share this course with educators they work with. The course is free and just requires you create an account our online campus. Learn more about the course and find additional resources on children and trauma.

 

The Recovery Education Project of Vermont is sponsoring a Wellness Tasting Day

Ericka Reil

Vermont Center for Independent Living

 

The Recovery Education Project of Vermont

is sponsoring a

Wellness Tasting Day for education and fun!

10am till we get tired

Camp Wallingford, Wallingford VT, just south of Rutland

August 1, please save the date, more information to follow soon

 

 

 

 

2018 Vermont Conference on Addictive Disorders

Save The Date:

Yep, it's spring. A lovely one. But we're already thinking about fall, breath-taking foliage, and the 13th Annual Vermont Conference on Addictive Disorders featuring a great line up speakers that will focus on innovative models in the treatment of substance use disorder. And that does't even take into account the insightful breakout seasons and valuable CEUs available.

 

Please, join us!

 

When:

Thursday, October 4the & Friday, October 5th, 2018

 

Where:

Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont

 

This Year's Theme:

Innovation to Empower Recovery: Beyond 12-Steps

Using evidence-based treatment models to meet

unique patient needs.

Please, save the date! We'll be sending out registration information for attendees, exhibitors and sponsorship in the weeks to come.

 

Save the Date!

It is with great pleasure we bring you the following presenters! Please save the following dates for our upcoming conferences. As we release information and open registration for our upcoming conferences, we will send out an email and post information along with links to register on the Conference page of our website.

Visit our Website

 

 

September 19th, 2018

Bruce D. Perry, MD, Ph.D.

This is an intermediate level training.

 

Presentation: 9:00am- 4:00pm

 

Location: Champlain Valley Exposition

Essex Junction, VT

 

5.5 CEU credits are anticipated to be offered for Social Workers, Psychologists, Mental Health Counselors, and MFTs.

 

Kenneth V. Hardy, Ph.D.

 

 

November 7th, 2018

Towards a Psychology of the Oppressed: Treating the Invisible Wounds of Sociocultural Trauma

Location: Plattsburg, NY

Presentation: 9:00am- 4:00pm

 

5.5 CEU credits are anticipated to be offered for Social Workers, Psychologists, Mental Health Counselors, and MFTs.

November 8th, 2018

Healing Racial Trauma

 

Location: Champlain Valley Exposition

Essex Junction, VT

 

Presentation: 9:00am- 4:00pm

 

5.5 CEU credits are anticipated to be offered for Social Workers, Psychologists, Mental Health Counselors, and MFTs.

 

December 7th, 2018

Dr. Stuart Shanker & Colleague

Shifting from a Self-Control to a Self- Reg Mindset

 

Presentation: 9:00am- 4:00pm

 

Location: Champlain Valley Exposition

Essex Junction, VT

 

5.5 CEU credits are anticipated to be offered for Social Workers, Psychologists, Mental Health Counselors, and MFTs.

 

 

 

CEU’s for CNA now pending!!!

EXCITING NEWS!!

Pre-approval is now pending for CEUs for the conference day on 6/14 for Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Psychologists and Mental Health Counselors!

Just one more reason to get your registration in and participate in this extraordinary opportunity at Basin Harbor Resort.  It’s not going to get any better than this!

  • Continuing Ed. Credits
  • Low registration fees- further reduced for our members
  • Important and exciting content in a beautiful setting- complete with a cook-out and boat ride with your colleagues.

 

Remember:  On-line registration closes on Friday the 8th!  That’s the end of this week!!

(If you miss this deadline, just call us and for a t least a few extra days, we’ll figure out a way to get you on the list sans technology!  We don’t want you to miss this!)

 

DATES:

  • Thursday, June 14, 2018 - Collaborative Network Approach (CNA): Applications with individuals experiencing earlypsychosis and other psychiatric crises Sponsored by: The Vermont Cooperative for Practice Improvement & Innovation
  • Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th - The 4TH Annual Gathering of Programs Working With Dialogic Network Practices

Registration: Begins at 8:30 a.m. on each of the 3 days and the sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration & Lodging Reservation information below (Participants register separately for the 1 day conference and 2 day regional gathering.) LUNCH IS INCLUDED Location: To be held at Basin Harbor on Beautiful Lake Champlain, Vergennes, Vermont: https://www.basinharbor.com/

For more information and to register see the link below.

http://vtcpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/CNA-June-Conference-flyer-2018.pdf

 

Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! The time to reserve your conference lodging at the reduced rate ends on May 31st.

Collaborative Network Approach (CNA) Announcing 3-days of interaction and presentation on dialogic practices designed to introduce or deepen your understanding and proficiency in this important work.

Dates:

  • Thursday, June 14, 2018 - Collaborative Network Approach (CNA): Applications with individuals experiencing earlypsychosis and other psychiatric crises Sponsored by: The Vermont Cooperative for Practice Improvement & Innovation
  • Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th - The 4TH Annual Gathering of Programs Working With Dialogic Network Practices

Registration: Begins at 8:30 a.m. on each of the 3 days and the sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration & Lodging Reservation information below (Participants register separately for the 1 day conference and 2 day regional gathering.) LUNCH IS INCLUDED Location: To be held at Basin Harbor on Beautiful Lake Champlain, Vergennes, Vermont: https://www.basinharbor.com/

Please Note:

Basin Harbor has made a block of rooms available to us at a very
reasonable cost. The reduced rate is available Wednesday through
Saturday.
You must contact Basin Harbor directly by May 31st for this rate to be
applicable to your reservation at:

https://www.basinharbor.com/

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: https://resourcesforintegratedcare.com/GeriatricCompetentCare/2018_GCC_Webinar_Series/Overview

 

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: lemerson@namivt.org.

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 a.stonoha@snhu.edu.

 

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1segD50GLinWmqZVULA3T1wkcWjfJtITr

CRAVING, ADDICTION, MINDFULNESS and The Brain

Judson Brewer (https://www.judsonbrewer.com) and Julie Hynes (https://preventionlane.org/) 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.

DATE AND TIME

Fri, April 27, 2018

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

LOCATION

Hotel Vermont

41 Cherry Street

Burlington, VT 05401

REFUND POLICY

Refunds up to 7 days before event

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cravecon-2018-craving-addiction-mindfulness-and-the-brain-tickets-43698805303?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

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).

Instructions:

 

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.

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