2017 START National Training Institute

Cultivating Hope Through Strength-Based PracticesThe annual START National Training Institute (SNTI) is provided by the Center for START Services, a non-profit, national initiative based at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability/University Center for Excellence in Disability (UCED). The SNTI was founded in 2016 to provide a forum where START network partners from around the country learn about research findings, along with best practices and innovations associated with START programs, to improve local capacity, service outcomes, and life experiences for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) and behavioral health needs and their families.

The 2017 SNTI will commence on Sunday, April 30th with an evening opening session and conclude on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 2nd. Monday and Tuesday mornings will include keynote presentations and panel discussions. Attendees will have the opportunity to create a tailored learning experience by selecting afternoon Breakout Sessions from five content strands:

  • Strand A: Positive Approaches & Cultural Competency
  • Strand B: Children & Families
  • Strand C: Networking & Capacity Building
  • Strand D: Psychiatry & Primary Health
  • Strand E: Health & Well-Being

For more information visit the Center for START Services website.


The Center for START Services, a non-profit program established at the UNH Institute on Disability/UCED in 2009, is a national initiative that works to strengthen efficiencies and service outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and behavioral health needs in the community. The START program model is a person-centered, solutions-focused approach that employs positive psychology and other evidence-based practices.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone involved in services and supports for individuals with IDD and behavioral health needs are encouraged to attend START’s annual Training Institute. Our extensive Professional Learning Community (PLC) includes:

  • Program Directors
  • Physicians
  • Developmental Pediatricians
  • Nurses
  • Licensed Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Direct Support Professionals
  • Policy Makers
  • Family Members
  • Advocates
  • Policy Makers
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Therapists

More Information

Date & Time

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 4:00pm to Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 4:00pm

Registration Fee

All-Inclusive Registration Package

Includes full registration, all special events, two overnights and six meals (details below)

  • Single Occupancy Overnight Room $1,079
  • Double Occupancy Overnight Room $999

Single Day Rates

  • Monday Registration Only $299
  • Tuesday Registration Only $299


Doral Arrowwood Conference Center
975 Anderson Hill Road
Rye Brook, NY

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