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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/

If you know of anyone looking… Valley Vista is hiring! An opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others awaits!

Valley Vista

Valley Vista is hiring!
An opportunity to make a difference
in the lives of others awaits!
Valley Vista, a 99-bed, an accredited and nationally recognized chemical dependency and co-occurring treatment program with locations in Bradford and Vergennes, Vermont

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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

VCPI Steering Committee Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 12, 2018 Please join us!

Belinda Bessette introducing the showing of the movie Resilience at Steering Committee meeting in January 2018

A showing of the movie Resilience at our VCPI Steering Committee meeting on January 11th was very well received and we wish to thank Belinda Bessette (NCSS) for providing the opportunity to view the movie and for introducing the showing to our committee. Thank you, Belinda!

Our next Quarterly Steering Committee meeting will be held at the Waterbury State Office Complex on Monday, March 12th beginning at 9:30 a.m. and will run until 12:00 p.m. with lunch following the meeting. Please join us for the meeting and stay to network during the lunch hour. If you plan to attend, please email Amy Stonoha at a.stonoha@snhu.edu to rsvp and order your lunch choice. We hope you can join us!

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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Suicide Prevention Day at the State House – Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Suicide Prevention Day at the State House

Please Join Us
for all day or part of the day

Date: Tuesday, February 13th

Time: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Where: State House, Montpelier, VT

Focus of the Day

Multiple sectors are joining the efforts of Suicide Prevention in VT.

Agenda

9:30 am - Coalition members meet in the Cafeteria for materials

9:45am- Distribution of carnations & materials to House Representatives as they enter the House Chamber

10:00 am - House Resolution and Recognition on the House Floor
House Resolution focus on Suicide Prevention interdisciplinary efforts in VT and Recognition of the VT Suicide Prevention Coalition

11:45 am - Testimony with the Senate Health and Welfare Committee
Please email nicole@healthandlearning.org if you would like to give a 3 minute testimony

12:00 pm - Individual lunch appointments with your local Legislators This is a chance to advocate Suicide Prevention as a priority and educate your Legislator that suicide is a public health issue in VT. Make these appointments now. We will share talking points, facts sheets, etc. for your meeting. See link below to "Find your local Legislator". E-mail nicole@healthandlearning.org if you have a lunch meeting confirmed.

VTSPC and AFSP displays in the cafeteria

1:00 pm - Testimony in Committees (TBD)
Please email nicole@healthandlearning.org if you would like to give a 3 minute testimony

Sponsored by:
Representative Martin LaLonde, Representative George Till, VT Suicide Prevention Coalition, VT Department of Mental Health, VT Suicide Prevention Center, and VT-American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Purpose of the Day

To create awareness and support among legislators and other key stakeholders to make suicide prevention and mental health promotion a priority across Vermont.

VTSPC will provide you with talking points, stats, etc. for your lunch meeting with your local Legislator.

VT-SPC's Mission
To create health promoting communities in which schools, Institutions of Higher Education, public and private agencies and people of all ages have the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and resources to reduce the risk for suicide.

 

Free Mental Health Advocacy Training

When: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Where: Christ Church, 64 State Street, Montpelier

Trainers: Peter Mallary of VAMHAR and Ed Paquin of DRVT

Passionate and devoted mental health advocates may not always know the most effective way to tell their story and present the facts to encourage legislative action.  This advocacy training is designed to help you prepare and conduct a successful meeting with legislators and create a short and compelling personal story that has an “ask” for Mental Health Advocacy Day on January 31, 2018 - 8:00 am-2:00 pm.

Register now to reserve your space in this free training - space is limited so register early!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSen_8t7kiapMQurK-QEnIlwsrpZeY-ss5FeOOAdveQ22qQzuQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Mental Health Advocacy Day is Co-Sponsored by:

Active Minds/St. Michael's College ~ Alyssum ~ Blueprint for Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse ~ Building Bright Futures ~ Champlain Community Services ~ Clara Martin Center (CMC) ~ Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) ~ Disability Rights Vermont ~ Families First Inc. ~ Green Mountain Support Services ~ Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS) ~ HowardCenter ~ Lamoille County Mental Health Services (LCMHS) ~ Lincoln Street ~ Me2/Orchestra ~ NAMI Vermont ~ NFI Vermont, Inc. ~ Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS) ~ Northwestern Counseling and Support Services (NCSS) ~ Pathways Vermont ~ Rutland Mental Health Services ~ SNHU Graduate Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (PCMH) ~ Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community ~ Team Two ~ United Counseling Service of Bennington County, Inc. (UCS) ~ Upper Valley Services ~ UVM Medical Center ~ Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition ~ Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (VAMHAR) ~ Vermont Care Partners (Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services) ~ Vermont Center for Independent Living ~ Vermont Cooperative for Practice Improvement and Innovation ~ Vermont Department of Mental Health ~ Vermont Family Network ~ Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health ~ Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association ~ Vermont Psychological Association ~ Vermont Suicide Prevention Center ~ Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. (WCMHS) ~ Wellness Workforce Coalition

 

BUILDING A FRAMEWORK FOR EFFECTIVE ADOLESCENT TREATMENT

BUILDING A FRAMEWORK FOR EFFECTIVE ADOLESCENT TREATMENT

TWO FULL-DAY FACE TO FACE TRAININGS:

January 5, 2018 (“snow date” January 19th) This day of interactive, in person work with a regional expert will prepare individual clinicians or teams to do more advanced clinical treatment work with the youth population. Participants will explore the framework for effective and responsive treatment.
March 12, 2018 (“snow date” March 13th) This second day of interactive, in person work with a regional expert will prepare individual clinicians or teams to do more advanced clinical treatment work with the youth population. This content will build off of content covered in the first day of training and will evolve based on trainee needs and interests. Participants will continue to explore the framework for effective and responsive treatment.

Who should attend:

This project has been developed primarily for:

  • New Clinicians to the substance abuse and/or mental health treatment field
  • Established clinicians who have limited or no experience working with youth

Training Location: Montpelier Elks Lodge, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Includes light breakfast, lunch, and all training materials). It is recommended that registrants attend BOTH trainings as one will build off of the other.

The goal of this project is to build capacity of Vermont's treatment providers to deliver effective services to adolescents. Information will be delivered about the clinical competencies necessary for forming healthy working relationships with the adolescent population.

For more information and to register: http://healthandlearning.org and click on training/events

Sponsored by: Vermont Department of Health Foundations Flyer 2018 (002)

Powering Up: How to Create Change through Legislation

Date: September 11, 2017

Place: Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Montpelier, VT

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Cost: FREE, includes lunch and snacks

Join us for a FREE day long, peer led, statewide conference about legislative advocacy. Learn more about how YOU can create change through advocacy at the state level and impact legislation.

Keynote: Gov. Madeline Kunin

To Register or for more information: Lselkirk@vffcmh.org or call 802-503-4066

Online registration: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eeg0msox57a9ef98&oseq=&c=15a2d270-5ff4-11e6-8ef0-d4ae527536ce&ch=15bcc310-5ff4-11e6-8ef0-d4ae527536ce

Co-Sponsored by:

VermontT Psychiatric Survivors

Vermont Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

Vermont Recovery Network

Partially funded by SAMHSA

 

Best Practices for Family Engagement: Moving from Random Acts to a Comprehensive Approach

Tuesday, September 19th
8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Brattleboro Retreat Education Conference Center - Brattleboro, VT

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/chl-7907273149

 

Featuring Keynote Speaker Hal Colston, Director of the Partnership for Change

 

Goals of the Conference:

  • To provide an overview of effective family engagement principles and practices;
  • To establish an understanding of equity and how it is enhanced through family engagement;
  • To stimulate a conversation amongst educators, community and health care providers across organizations and systems about working together to improve educational and health outcomes through family engagement and;
  • To encourage a comprehensive approach to family engagement that is integrated into organizational action plans.

Fee:
The conference is offered at no cost to those living or working in Windham County through a grant from the United Way of Windham County and The Thompson Trust.

Residents and Providers outside of Windham County are welcome to register for a fee of $95.00

Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and all materials. Space is limited.

Sponsored by:

Healing Voices Workshop Series by Gloria van den Berg, Executive Director for Alyssum

At Alyssum, 927 Rt 100 North, Rochester Vt. 05767
Contact: 802-767-6000 or Information@Alyssum.org or visit our website at https://www.alyssum.org/
Cost: $75 per session or $200.00 for all three. Lunch provided, scholarships available
RSVP as space is limited
A three part series on understanding, working with and Healing Voices
Group participation and feedback by Voice Hearers and their Support Team   members is encouraged.

Part 1: Friday July 28: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

CHANGING THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT HEALING VOICES:

·         Examining mind, the brain, energy, senses and spiritual nature

·         Mindfulness, mind management (meditation) & staying in the present

·         Looking at the terms “real” and “delusional”

·         The role of trauma

·         Non-attachment and the role it plays as it relates to support

·         How do our belief systems impact hope and stigma?

·         Defining different types of Voices: Trauma based and “Other”

 

Part 2: Friday August 25: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

WORKING WITH PERSONAL OR TRAUMA BASED VOICES: hands on practice and discussion

·         Allowing for hope and reducing fear

·         Interactive discussion and role play

·         Worksheets/journaling/sequential healing & interactions with the Voices.

·         Defining the Voices

·         Making meaning of the Voices

·        Working with the Voices

·         Integrating the Voices

 

Part 3: Friday September 29: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

WORKING WITH VOICES WHICH ARE “OTHER” (not personal or trauma based)

·         Problem solving & teamwork

·         Managing the mind and energy cycles

·         Staying grounded - understanding mind, energy & different levels of

              consciousness

·         Creating and maintaining boundaries

·         The role of spirituality and non-attachment as it relates to psychosis

·         Staying connected & self care (for team members)

 

 

VCPI Presenting at 2015 National Council Conference

VCPI is pleased to announce we will be presenting at the 2015 National Council Conference in Orlando, Florida. VCPI was selected from a record number of quality poster presentations and we were chosen to present on our work in Sarah Head Shot 3establishing a practice and quality improvement cooperative in Vermont.

The National Council Conference is the nation’s premier specialty health care conference, attended by executives, board members and staff from the nation’s community mental health and addiction treatment organizations. This event features the latest innovations, science and business and clinical best practices. It was noted by the National Council that "VCPI's work addresses a key educational need of provider organizations".

Sarah Squirrell, VCPI's Executive Director will lead the session participants through the strategic development of VCPI and how the organization has been developed to create a value proposition for BOTH provider partners and for state funders, as well as for other stakeholders. Key concepts include using the development of a co-operative organizational model that is governed by membership (analogous to a Food Co-op) who work together for mutual benefit in selecting, adapting, and implementing practice improvement, innovation, and value driven workforce development.

Poster #: 61

Poster Title: Innovative Collaboration: Create a Statewide Quality Improvement Cooperative

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015

Time: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm (approximately)

 http://vtcpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/VCPI-Poster_PRINT.pdf

 

Click here to view the VCPI Poster

Reduction of Incidence of Hospitalizations for Psychotic Episodes Through Early Identification and Intervention

This study examined whether the incidence of hospitalization for psychosis was reduced by a communitywide system of early identification and intervention to prevent onset of psychosis.  Dr. McFarlane, Ms. Verdi, Ms. Lynch, and Ms. Williams are with the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Portland

mcfarw@mmc.org

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