Supporting Children of the OPioid Epidemic

mother and infant

This series of ten sessions aims to increase early intervention provider’s knowledge of strategies, skills and resources for supporting the complex needs of children with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and their families. The training is delivered via Zoom using a tele-practice model known as Extension for Community Health Outcomes or ECHO®. The ECHO Model ® uses adult learning principles and video conferencing technology to connect community providers in NH and ME with specialists at local centers of excellence in real-time case-based learning and mentorship. During the ECHO providers build a community of practice with other professionals across disciplines. 

2021 Dates & Times: 

Thursdays 12:00-1:30 PM via Zoom

Session 1: February 4, 2021
Introduction to the Opioid Crisis and Social Determinants of Health
     Betsy Humphreys, PhD, MEd, UNH Institute on Disability
     Jennifer Maeverde, MA, LMHC, UMaine CCIDS

Session 2: February 18, 2021
Addiction and Treatment
      Teri LaRock, MSW, LICSW, Dartmouth Hitchcock
      Cheri Bryer, CCAR, Dartmouth Hitchcock
      Nikhil Teja, MD, Dartmouth Hitchcock

Session 3: March 4, 2021
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
      Dara Fruchter, MS, Maine CDC

Session 4: March 18, 2021
Monitoring Child Development and Linking to Services
      Nina Sand-Loud, MD, Dartmouth Hitchcock

Session 5: April 1, 2021
Having Difficult Conversations
      Shelley Mulligan, PhD, OTR/L, UNH Institute on Disability
      Teri LaRock, MSW, LICSW, Dartmouth Hitchcock

Session 6: April 15, 2021
Trauma, Addiction and Health
     Rebecca Parton, MSW, LICSW

Session 7: April 29, 2021
Frameworks for Understanding and Reacting to Emotions and Behaviors of Trauma-Exposed Children
     Jennifer Maeverde, MA, LMHC, UMaine CCIDS

Session 8: May 13, 2021
Trauma, Substance Exposure and Sensory Concerns
     Shelley Mulligan, PhD, OTR/L, UNH Institute on Disability

Session 9: May 27, 2021
Trauma, Substance Exposure and Language Development
     Nina Sand-Loud, MD, Dartmouth Hitchcock
     Rae Sonnenmeier, PhD, CCC-SLP, UNH Institute on Disability

Session 10: June 10, 2021
Models of Care & Wrap Up
     Dara Fruchter, MS, Dartmouth Hitchcock
     Kathy Gray, MBA, EIC NH

Continuing Education Credits and/or Professional Development Contact Hours will be available. The NH-ME ECHO SCOPE series will be offered again in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.


Registration is now closed for the Spring 2021 NH-ME ECHO SCOPE series. Please check back in the summer of 2021 for information on the next ECHO session.


Need Assistance?

For more information contact: lend.echo@unh.edu

ECHO SCOPE is a collaboration with The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities,  Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. NH-ME ECHO SCOPE is supported by the Office of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Programs National Training Initiative, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the U.S. Department of Education.  Additional support is provided through the New Hampshire Endowment for Health.