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Events & Training

Listed here are Trainings, Advocacy Events, Suicide Prevention Events, Support Groups and Symposiums. For full listing of trainings and events offered by the Center for Health and Learning and the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center and/or to Register for any of the trainings, click here:

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 If you are looking for an event that is not listed please call us at 802-254-6590 or email us at: Info@HealthandLearning.org. Together we can make Zero Suicide a reality.

Jun
3
Mon
Overcoming Adversity: Bold Perspectives on Mental Health and Addiction @ DoubleTree by Hilton
Jun 3 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

This day-long conference will reflect on current and future trends in mental health and addiction treatment, including themes of confronting stigma, improving access, continuing advocacy, advancing policy, and giving voice.

Throughout the day, speakers will share their perspectives and personal stories–inspiring attendees to think boldly about current approaches to treatment and challenging them to create new pathways to overcome adversity, influence policy, and improve access to quality care that is inclusive and available for all.

2019 CONFERENCE DETAILS

Overcoming Adversity: Bold Perspectives on Mental Health and Addiction
June 3, 2019 from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm; registration and continental breakfast 7:00 – 8:00 am

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington

View the conference schedule here. 

  • On-site complimentary parking.
  • Continental breakfast and lunch included in registration fee – vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
  • CEUs offered to meet a variety of professional requirements.
  • Presenter books will be available for sale throughout the day with opportunities for book signings with authors/presenters.
  • Exhibit of artwork by members of the Howard Center Arts Collective 
  • Music provided by Hildegard Trio, Burlington Me2/Orchestra.
  • Arrival is through Burlington’s International Airport (BTV). It’s small, easy to navigate, and is a quick ten-minute drive to the conference center. See directions to the conference center below.
  • The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington is offering reduced room rates through May 12, 2019, for conference attendees ($139.00 plus tax per night). Please call the Reservations Department at (800) 445-8667 and mention Howard Center Conference Lodging June 2019 or select this link.
  • Conference registration fee $159 per person; group rate for ten + $149 per person.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS

If you require special accommodations, please notify Denise Vignoe at 802-488-6912 or dvignoe@howardcenter.org as soon as possible, or by May 20.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Through May 20, cancellations are refundable, less a $25 administrative fee. After May 20, refunds will not be provided, but attendee substitutions will be accommodated.

If the event is cancelled due to a weather event or other circumstances beyond our control, we will post the cancellation on our website at www.howardcenter.org and registrations will be non-refundable.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

For information about conference sponsorship opportunities, please view or download our sponsorship packet or contact Denise Vignoe at 802-488-6912 or DVignoe@howardcenter.org.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

Photos from Previous Conferences

Photos above are from the 2018 Conference, compliments of Raymond Sanchez: Conference presentation room, Dr. Carl Hart, and sponsor exhibition.

DIRECTIONS TO THE DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HOTEL BURLINGTON
870 WILLISTON RD., SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT

From Burlington International Airport: Turn left out of the airport and continue to the first traffic light. Turn right onto Route 2 and proceed approximately 1.2 miles. The hotel is located on the right.

From Canadian Border: Drive on Interstate 89 South. Take Exit 14W. The hotel is on the right, just off the exit.

From New York: Follow Route 7 North to Interstate 189 to Interstate 89 North. Take Exit 14W. The hotel is on the right, just off the exit.

From New Hampshire or Massachusetts: Proceed on Interstate 89 North to Exit 14W. The hotel will be just off the exit on the right.

From Burlington and the Ferry Dock: Follow state Highway 2 for approximately 1.5 miles to Williston Road. The hotel will be on the left.

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Jun
6
Thu
Zero Suicide Practice Institute @ Capitol Plaza
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

What is Zero Suicide?

Zero Suicide is a commitment to suicide prevention in health and mental health care systems. It involves the implementation of a set of evidence-based tools and strategies used in a strong pathway of care for people who are suicidal. When implemented effectively, Zero Suicide reduces suicide deaths.

This Institute is composed of two full days of teamwork and learning from national speakers and Vermont colleagues. It is designed to engage leadership teams who understand Zero Suicide at a deep practical level, and who promote and support the implementation in their own health systems in collaboration with state and community systems. The aim is to improve care and outcomes for individuals at risk of suicide in health care systems and to commit to the safety and support of clinical staff, who do the demanding work of treating and supporting suicidal patients.

 

Who Should Attend?

This two-day training aims to brings together mental health, health care, state, and local teams from the following groups to establish a common frame of reference, language and understanding of the use of tools for Screening, Assessment, Treatment and Follow-up. Teams will conclude the Institute steeped in an understanding of Zero Suicide, with knowledge about their organizations’ capacity and readiness to implement the tools and processes, and with the ability to prioritize with their staff.

A team of three or more is suggested to attend from each organization. Participants could be:

• Senior position of clinical leadership who oversees policy and procedures
• Staff who oversees clinical training, and/or EHR
• Person who is enthusiastic about making suicide prevention changes in the organization

DAY ONE:  May 16, 2019

DAY TWO:  June 6, 2019

 

 

Cost

$199/ person

Includes two days of professional development, team time, breakfast, lunch, and all training materials.

REGISTER HERE

Jun
10
Mon
CONNECT Suicide Prevention and Intervention Training for Health Care Providers: A Program for Nurses, LNAs and MAs @ Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Auditorium E
Jun 10 @ 7:30 am – 12:15 pm
CONNECT Suicide Prevention and Intervention Training for Health Care Providers: A Program for Nurses, LNAs and MAs @ Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Auditorium E

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2017), suicide is the second leading cause of death in New Hampshire (after accidental injury) for individuals age 10 to 34. It is the fourth leading cause of death in NH for individuals age 35 to 54 (after accidental injury, cancer, and heart disease).

This workshop will cover the range of risk and protective factors, the warning signs, and what to do if someone may be at risk for suicide whether it is a patient, family member, friend, or co-worker. The speaker will review actions to take when there is immediate concern and resources in the community that can help create a safety net for people at risk of suicide.

Registration

Registration for this event is full. For conference questions, or to be added to the wait list, please e-mail Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org.

Registration is online and by credit card only.

The registration fees are as follows:

  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Member Organization Employees: No Charge (advance registration required for planning purposes)
  • NEAH Hospital Employees: $10
  • Others: $20

Preregistration and payment required. The registration deadline is 10 days prior to the activity date. There will be no refunds after the registration deadline has been reached. A $10 administrative fee for a registration fee will be retained on all refunds requested before the registration deadline. For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

Please note that we provide a simple light breakfast and/or lunch depending on conference times: options are limited. If you have specific dietary needs, please plan to bring your food with you to the conference. For conferences that are held on-site at DHMC, there are several options available for food purchases including our two hospital cafeterias.

Speaker & Topics

Speaker:
Ann Duckless, MA
Community Educator and Prevention Specialist, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Hampshire

Topics:
Registration and Continental Breakfast (provided)
Welcome; Pre-Training Evaluations
Module 1: Recognize! Risk Factors and Warning Signs
Module 2: Connect! with Individuals at Risk
Module 3: Connect! Medical Provider Protocols
Wrap up; Post-Training Evaluations

Target Audience

Nurses (RNs and LPNs), as well as LNAs and MAs.

Learning Outcome(s)

At the conclusion of this program, the learner will be able to take action when there is immediate concern for a person who is at risk of suicide.

Accreditation

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 4 contact hours.

Receiving Contact Hours

The follow steps must be completed in order to receive contact hours for this event:

  • Register for the event online
  • Attend the event or session(s). A contact hours tracking sheet will be provided.
  • Complete the online evaluation – Must be submitted within 30 days after the activity

Accessing the Online Evaluation (The evaluation is available the day after the event)

  • Log onto https://ce.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/login.aspx
  • Click on the My Activities link in the left side menu. Then click on the name of the activity you attended.
  • Click on the Resume button.
  • Click the Continue button until the Evaluation tab is active, and then click the Launch button.
  • Fill out the evaluation and then click submit. Contact hours will then be applied to your transcript. You can view your updated transcript by clicking on the “View Transcript” button.

View the Completing an Evaluation and Claiming Credit tutorial.

For questions or technical support, please email clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

Additional Information

For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org.

For accessibility needs, dietary or any other requests, please email Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org.

If you do not wish to be included on the conference participant list, please email clpd.support@hitchcock.org to inform us.

The CME and CNE Offices are not liable for expenses incurred by participants due to cancellation or changes in programs.

Parking – In order to accommodate and best serve our patients’ parking needs, we request that all weekday conference and meeting attendees park in Lot 9 and use the Lot 9 shuttle service. Shuttles run approximately every 20 minutes – please allow enough time to accommodate this. For weekend meetings and conferences, onsite parking is permitted. View directions & map to Lot 9.

DHMC Floorplan – Please visit the DHMC Floor Maps page for specific directions on locating the conference room. If your room is not shown, please stop at the information desk for directions.

Area Accommodations – For a list of lodging options in the vicinity of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center please visit our lodging page.

Jun
18
Tue
Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition Meeting – By Invitation Only @ White River Junction VA Medical Center
Jun 18 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition Meeting:

By Invitation Only

June 18, 2019

Schedule:

8:30 am: Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Meeting

Lunch will not be provided at this meeting

 

REGISTER HERE

Jun
20
Thu
ASIST 2 Day Training Suicide Intervention @ Armed Forces Reserve Center
Jun 20 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
ASIST 2 Day Training Suicide Intervention @ Armed Forces Reserve Center

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Since its development in 1983, ASIST has received regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, and over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop. Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.

Learning goals and objectives

Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:

  • Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
  • Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care

Workshop features:

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety

ASIST helps to build regional networks of trained caregivers who can support each and use common terminology to approach suicide and safety. Want to get involved with this award-winning program? Here’s how:

Jun
21
Fri
ASIST 2 Day Training Suicide Intervention @ Armed Forces Reserve Center
Jun 21 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
ASIST 2 Day Training Suicide Intervention @ Armed Forces Reserve Center

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Since its development in 1983, ASIST has received regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, and over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop. Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.

Learning goals and objectives

Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:

  • Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
  • Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care

Workshop features:

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety

ASIST helps to build regional networks of trained caregivers who can support each and use common terminology to approach suicide and safety. Want to get involved with this award-winning program? Here’s how:

Jun
26
Wed
#BeThere for Service Members, Veterans & Families: Strengthening Community @ DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown
Jun 26 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
#BeThere for Service Members, Veterans & Families: Strengthening Community @ DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown

Suicide is a national issue we can all help address.

VA is working hard to prevent suicide. We know that only half of this nation’s 20 million Veterans receive care or services from VA and we cannot do this alone. How do we support all Veterans living in our communities? It takes a team of partners in the community to prevent suicide.

No single factor causes suicide. No single agency can prevent suicide.

If you are part of a community located in Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont, please join VA New England as we come together to share resources and develop and strengthen partnerships in support of our shared mission of preventing suicide for Veterans, military service members, and their families.

Topics will include embracing a public health model for suicide prevention; strengthening our community partnerships; the role of faith communities in supporting Veterans; recognizing the signs of suicide risk and how to support a person in crisis, including safe messaging; lethal means education; discussion of the role of peer to peer support; and information regarding the NH Governor’s Challenge to prevent suicide among Service Members, Veterans, and Families.

Please join us at this event so that we can join together to support all Veterans where they live, work, and thrive.

Everyone has a role to play in protecting the ones who have protected us.

Sep
19
Thu
ASIST 2 Day Training Suicide Intervention @ Armed Forces Reserve Center
Sep 19 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
ASIST 2 Day Training Suicide Intervention @ Armed Forces Reserve Center

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Since its development in 1983, ASIST has received regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, and over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop. Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.

Learning goals and objectives

Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:

  • Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
  • Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care

Workshop features:

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety

ASIST helps to build regional networks of trained caregivers who can support each and use common terminology to approach suicide and safety. Want to get involved with this award-winning program? Here’s how:

Sep
20
Fri
ASIST 2 Day Training Suicide Intervention @ Armed Forces Reserve Center
Sep 20 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
ASIST 2 Day Training Suicide Intervention @ Armed Forces Reserve Center

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Since its development in 1983, ASIST has received regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, and over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop. Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.

Learning goals and objectives

Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:

  • Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
  • Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care

Workshop features:

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety

ASIST helps to build regional networks of trained caregivers who can support each and use common terminology to approach suicide and safety. Want to get involved with this award-winning program? Here’s how: