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DBT Institute for 2019 is coming!

News flash! VCPI is excited to announce the next round for the DBT Institute. And even more to be excited about-- Training is being offered this time to clinicians who are working with adolescents as well as adults!! Sue Swindell will once again be training, and Becky will be joining to add her expertise with the adolescent population, as well as some of your peers with experience as co-trainers. We will be issuing applications next week with all of the information you need to apply- including the deadline for submitting an application. Don’t miss it! We will send as broadly as possible, but sometimes emails with attachments and to large groups bounce back to us, so besides your email- Watch the website! Watch our Facebook page! And your Twitter feed! Share the information with friends and colleagues! Email Amy Stonoha at amy.stonoha@northernvermont.edu for more information or for an application delivered to your inbox!

Northern Vermont University advances mental health and addiction counseling initiatives in Vermont and beyond

News Release -- Northern Vermont University August 27, 2018  JOHNSON, VERMONT — Two new programs put Northern Vermont University at the forefront of mental health and substance use disorder counseling initiatives in Vermont. A new master’s degree program and the housing of a statewide cooperative for improving practice will enhance the mental health and addiction counseling landscape in Vermont and beyond. The initiatives offer students a new way to pursue an NVU master’s degree in counseling, support workforce development at NVU and around Vermont, and enrich services for consumers. NVU: Read More Here: https://vtdigger.org/2018/08/30/northern-vermont-university-advances-mental-health-addiction-counseling-initiatives-vermont-beyond/


Learn the Difference between HIPAA vs SAMHSA: 42 CFR Part 2

90 Mins Live Webinar
HIPAA vs SAMHSA (42 CFR Part 2)



This lesson will be addressing how practice/business managers (or compliance offers) need to ensure their organization is complying with the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) regulations (42 CFR Part 2) and how this differs from the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Privacy and Security Regulations. Read More.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Updates for 2018
  • What is SAMHSA
  • What is HIPAA
  • Portable devices
  • When and how records can be releasedRead More.

Who will benefit:

  • Practice managers
  • Any business associates who work with mental health records, substance abuse records, or alcohol abuse records (i.e. billing companies, transcription companies, IT companies, answering services, home health, coders, attorneys, etc)
  • MD's and other medical professionals Read More.


Registration Details:

Register Online.Use your American Express, Visa, MasterCard and others.
Schedule conflict? Sign up for recording of the event available on demand.
Get your group to attend the webinar at a discounted price call +1-800-498-2906.
Register HERE to receive updates on related trainings .





Monday, July 30, 2018

10:00 AM PDT
01:00 PM EDT

Brian L Tuttle, is a Certified Professional in Health IT (CPHIT), Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP), Certified Business Resilience Auditor (CBRA) with over 15 year's experience in Health IT and Compliance Consulting. Read More.

Advanced IPS Training

October 1st – 3rd, 2018

Burlington, VT / Bishop Booth Conference Center

Deepen IPS Practice. Learn the Art of Co-Reflection. Explore Crisis as an Opportunity.

Intentional Peer Support requires an ongoing commitment to learning and growth. Once participants complete a Core Training and begin practicing IPS in their relationships, lots of questions emerge—most commonly, “How do I make this stuff work in my particular environment?”

We developed our 3-day Advanced Training to take IPS practice a step further, play out the principles and tasks using relevant scenarios, heighten self-reflection, enhance ways of building mutual connections, and sustain the practice. Our Advanced Trainings are for anyone who has completed a Core Training.

More information about our Advanced Training

Registrations taken on first-come, first-serve basis. Please register early to guarantee a seat!

Registration Cost:  $750 (includes lunch).

Please Contact Us if you have questions.

For more information and to register click the link:

Advanced October 2018

Taking on our workforce crisis

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.

Click on link below:


The Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act of 2018 has been passed by the house!

It has now been received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension.  The senate is expected to vote on it later this summer.  More info about the bill can be found below.



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.


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.


MFPCC News Alert – June 11, 2018

Taking on Our Workforce Crisis


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!



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



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!!!


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!)



  • 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.



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