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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.

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

Behavioral Healthcare Integration

Click to Watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79-KMN6IWXk

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!

    a.stonoha@snhu.edu or 802 655-7235

Thank you,

Karen Crowley

k.crowley@snhu.edu

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

LOCATION

Champlain College

375 Maple Street

Burlington, VT 05401

For registration:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nasw-vt-2018-annual-conference-shaping-tomorrow-together-tickets-45164804145

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