RENEW Facilitator Training Institute

A 3-day training

RENEW LogoA three-day, in-depth training on the Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural supports, Education, and Work (RENEW) model and process.

RENEW is a youth-directed planning and support process designed to meet the needs of young people with emotional and behavioral challenges transitioning from school to adult life.

Through group activities and instruction, learn to engage youth, facilitate personal futures planning through mapping, develop individualized teams and resources, direct the RENEW team process, conduct school-to-career planning, and empower youth to lead the process.

A brief overview will cover necessary system supports to ensure successful implementation. Attendees will leave with the knowledge and skills to implement RENEW in their practices.

This training is the first step in full implementation of RENEW, which also includes receiving coaching and the establishment of an implementation team to oversee the work.

  • Day 1: Orientation to the RENEW Process, youth and family engagement, personal futures planning.
  • Day 2: Team facilitation, progress monitoring, resource development, and transition strategies.
  • Day 3: Problem-solving for facilitators, education and support strategies, employment supports, and planning for adult living and careers.
Who Should Attend

Middle and high school general and special educators and paraeducators, psychologists, community mental health workers, health care providers, social workers, youth and family counselors, young adult peer support specialists, and family members who support youth ages 14–25 are encouraged to attend.

  • Participants in this training are eligible for 22.5 staff development credits/hours.
  • This training has been approved by the NH NASW for 16.5 Category 1 Continuing Education Units.

JoAnne Malloy, PhD

Research Associate Professor

JoAnne M. Malloy is a Research Associate Professor at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Malloy received a Master’s Degree in Social Work Administration and Planning from the University of Tennessee in 1981 and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education from the University of New Hampshire in April 2011. She joined the staff of Institute on Disability (NH’s University Center for Excellence in Disability) in 1991 and has directed several state and federally-funded youth transition, employment, and dropout prevention projects with a focus on youth with emotional and behavioral disorders and implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and School Mental Health. In 1996, she developed a transition and career development planning model for youth with emotional and behavioral disorders, known as RENEW (Rehabilitation, Empowerment, natural supports, Education, and Work). RENEW has since been replicated in educational, mental health and juvenile detention settings in New Hampshire and 6 other states, producing positive educational, vocational, and behavioral health outcomes. Dr. Malloy has published numerous articles and book chapters on employment and transition for youth with emotional disorders and adults with mental illness, and teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level at the University of New Hampshire.

Kathy Francoeur, MEd

Project Director

Kathy Francoeur, M.Ed. provides training, consultation, and technical assistance to schools in the development and expansion of school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, as well as in the development of RENEW (Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work), an intensive support intervention to help at-risk youth engage in high school completion and post-secondary options. She has collaborated with several NH schools in training faculty to serve as RENEW facilitators, and to build a sustainable system to support and monitor the RENEW model. Kathy presents nationally, training schools and districts on the RENEW model, and as part of the Who Cares About Kelsey? film project.

Prior to joining the IOD in 2010, she served as Crisis Intervention Coordinator for Somersworth High School and Middle School for over 10 years, overseeing RENEW as a three-tiered intervention to support high school students with social and behavioral issues, and serving as an internal coach on both the Universal and Targeted Team for the middle school and as the coach for the high school Targeted Team.

Heidi Cloutier

Project Director: MTSS-B & RENEW Trainer

Heidi Cloutier, provides training, consultation, and technical assistance in the development and expansion of implementation of school-wide Multi-tiered Systems of Support, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Youth Leadership and RENEW, an intensive support intervention to help at risk youth engage in high school completion and post-secondary options. 

Heidi received her MSW from the University of New Hampshire, is a NH Leadership Graduate, and was endorsed by the University of Connecticut’s New England Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Training of Trainers Program. She has extensive experience working with youth and adults in transition planning, person centered planning, educational supports and community mental health. Heidi presents nationally on topics of transition planning, MTSS-B/ PBIS, Autism, RENEW and Coaching practices for sustainability and fidelity.

Heidi consults with various state education and Community mental health agencies and is nationally recognized for her presentations at conferences and exceptional skills in working with teams to solve challenging problems within school-wide improvement and reform efforts. She has co-authored training curriculum, the RENEW manual and several peer reviewed journal articles which have appeared in Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities and the Journal of Rehabilitation.

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Date & Time

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Friday, August 24, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

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includes continental breakfast and lunch, and training materials


IOD Professional Development Center
56 Old Suncook Road
Concord, NH 03301

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