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:


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

Complex Trauma in Our Schools – Training @ Lebanon Elks Lodge
Jan 13 @ 3:30 pm – Mar 14 @ 4:30 pm

Complex Trauma in Our Schools:

Using Non-verbal Communication and
Intervention for Improved Classroom Outcomes

School communities are continually impacted and challenged in addressing complex trauma in their settings Children may display a range of symptoms and behaviors that are difficult to organize and understand. Teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators need frameworks for interpreting behaviors and expanding practices that build a more attuned and responsive educational environment.

This course will offer educators a clinical framework of understanding traumatic impact in terms of arousal and attachment behaviors that can guide intervention to support improved functioning in the classroom, participation in academic tasks and professional satisfaction. Non-verbal Interventions that target self-regulation and executive function skill building from early childhood through high school will be examined and practiced through experiential methods including using art media and movement. Participants will be encouraged and supported in identifying and attending to their own self-care and wellness as this contributes to the successful development of their professional skills and satisfaction.

This course is offered so that teachers and health and guidance personnel have a sufficient level of professional development to enable them to competently teach or provide other services required in the school for children and families impacted by trauma. Participants apply the course teachings in a practical personal, school community environment.

Instructional methods include review and discussion of research-based literature, small and large-group activities and discussion, audiovisual and other media, experiential movement and art making, wellness activities, student presentations and assessment

Students taking the course for credit and successfully complete the course will be eligible to receive 3 graduate credits through Union Institute and University.


January 13, 2019  3:30 – 5:00 pm  Virtual Orientation Meeting

January 24, 2019   CDTD for the School Professional
Lebanon Elks Lodge, Lebanon, NH     8:30 am – 4:30 pm  

February 7, 2019    Understanding Impact of CDTD
Lebanon Elks Lodge, Lebanon, NH     8:30 am – 4:30 pm

March 14, 2019   Skill Building and Self Regulation
Lebanon Elks Lodge, Lebanon, NH     8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Breakfast and Lunch will be included at all face to face trainings   


Betsy Graziadei, MPS ATR-BC, currently provides art therapy    consultation, treatment and training services at Vermont Counseling and Wellness, LLC. She has worked extensively with children and families with  complex trauma and those who need medical or mental health assessment and treatment. She has provided individual, group and family sessions as  well as trauma evaluations, consultation, and training for a wide range of  educational and health care settings, community based agencies and in private practice for over twenty five years.

Betsy is a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Association and the Art Therapy Credentials Board. She received her Masters Degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute. She has served as president of the Art Therapy Association of Vermont and as an adjunct faculty at Burlington College and Long Island University Graduate Art Therapy Program. She is a professional member of the American Art Therapy Association and the Art Therapy Association of Vermont. Betsy also serves as a board member of the VT Pediatric Palliative Care Initiative.


         $1595.00 to attend the full course to receive 3 graduate credits
through Union Institute and University


$550.00 to attend the full course without graduate credits


Umatter for Youth and Young Adult Program @ Vermont Technical College
Jan 17 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Umatter for Youth and Young Adults (Umatter YYA) is a youth leadership and engagement initiative that fosters healthy community cultures for youth that promote mental health and resiliency. The program includes a full day of interactive training with peers statewide, design and implementation of a  Community Action Project (CAP) in their school community, and presentation  of CAP at the local or state level.

The Goal is to Promote Mental Health Wellness:

  • Healthy coping mechanisms and help-seeking skills
  • The ability to recognize when a peer needs help and how to provide it
  • Address issues like bullying and substance misuse

Core content and skills of Umatter YYA includes mindset, assessing personal strengths, assets and risks, resiliency, stress, self-care, strength and risk-based coping skills and consequences, recognizing signs of distress in self and others/peers, knowing what to say and do, help-seeking.

Statewide Kick-Off Training Event
Thursday, January 17, 2019 (snow date January 18th)
Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, Vermont

Mental Health Wellness Promotion Community Action Project
February – May
Implemented in local schools and/or community

Culmination Event
TBD based on participant input


Information and to Register HERE

Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition Meeting: By Invitation Only @ White River Junction, VT
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition Meeting: By Invitation Only

Thursday, March 7, 2019

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

White River Junction, VT (location TBD)

8:30 am – Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Meeting

Lunch will NOT be provided at this meeting.


If you would like to become a member of the Vermont Suicide Preventioin Coalition, please contact Julia Hampton, Health Program Specialist –