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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Executive Director Corner:

It’s been a busy year for VCPI as we continue to discover the many ways we can have a positive impact on the Vermont system of care.  Our membership is increasing and, with bigger numbers, the benefits also grow. Our collaborative participation allows us to add to our initiatives and the opportunities for members to participate in professional development opportunities at no cost.  If you and/or your organization are not VCPI members yet, visit the Membership area of the VCPI website where you can learn more about the membership process and access a listing of current members.  Any of us are happy to talk with you further and you are welcome to call the VCPI office, as well.

To be specific regarding initiatives, we are very excited to announce that we have published our first module in the series called Core Orientation for Direct Service Providers, which is considered an essential offering for our members and seems very appropriate to start with the module that focuses on the values, principles and beliefs that we share as the Vermont System of Care.  The module 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.  In addition to the on-line module, there are supporting materials to assist in integrating the information into practice.  We will provide regular updates on our progress with module 2, but for those who would like to play a more active role in development, we are currently looking for new project advisory committee members who are willing to participate in the process of development and review progress along the way.  If you’d like to talk more about this, please contact Amy Stonoha at or myself at Additionally, we kicked off the second iteration of the successful Co-Occurring Competency E-Learning Community Project, piloted in 2016-2017.

Please feel welcome to keep in touch and share your thoughts and ideas about VCPI and the places we are headed.  Maybe you’d like to submit a commentary for the newsletter, or join a work group or just chat about some things.  Call or e-mail anytime:  (802) 503-2857 Also, we welcome you to join us for our upcoming Steering Committee Meeting, March 12th from 9:30 a.m. to Noon with lunch following at the Waterbury State Office Complex. Please contact me for details and email us to be added to the invite list!

VCPI Presented on Co-op Model at National Council Conference

The Co-Op was invited to present at the National Council Conference in March 2016. The NATCON conference represents the largest gathering of mental health and addiction staff treatment providers in our industry. Our session,  Innovative Collaboration: Creating a Statewide Practice Improvement Cooperative highlighted the Co-op's development, the innovative work that is happening in Vermont, and the commitment and critical role of our statewide partners.

A big thank you to Ralph Provenza, Bob Thorn, and Vic Martini, members of our Leadership Team who were there in support of VCPI, as well as to Nick Nichols and Ken Minkoff who were co-presenters.


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NEW!! Supervision in the Peer World and Beyond

Did you wake up one day and become a supervisor or coordinator? Often in small non-profits, employees who do a good job aremoved into leadership positions without much training. This training and workshop will give you the framework you need to knowto become an effective supervisor. All tools and systems given in the training can be adapted to your organization. Need amakeover? Feeling burnt out or realizing your current style isn’t working? Come get re-energized with us.

7 hour training and workshop-CEU’s Pending

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