Building Trauma-Informed Communities of Hope, Resilience, & Care

MTSS-B Summer Institute

About the Conference

Establishing a safe school environment using a multi-tiered system of support is related to improved outcomes for all students. The 2018 Summer Institute will focus on implementing trauma-informed principles and practices within a multi-tiered system.

This conference, in its 12th year, provides educators, students, and community providers with an opportunity to explore programs and tools that have been proven effective in helping every student to be successful in school, home, and community.

Sessions will offer examples, tools, and practices for each stage of learning and implementation. Featured exemplars will demonstrate how implementation of the fundamental elements of a MTSS can help schools and communities improve their culture, climate, and safety.

This event will include presentations by NH educators, youth, and community partners, plus opportunities for teams to work together and consult with state experts on topics such as:

  • Engaging students meaningfully in the learning process
  • Identifying and supporting students at risk
  • Forming school-level teams to improve school climate and culture
  • Specific strategies that meet the needs of a diverse student population
  • Tools and strategies that build student strengths and resilience
  • Establishing partnerships with colleagues, parents, and community providers

Conference Location:

Plymouth State University
17 High Street, Plymouth, NH

Download a map of the PSU Campus with location information.

Parking Information:

Conference attendees may park at the PSU Ice Arena free of charge. PSU will provide shuttle service to the Hartman Union Building (HUB).

Parking GPS/physical address: 129 NH Rt. 175-A, Holderness, NH 03245

Driving Directions:

From all points north and south take I-93, exit 25, turn right onto Rt 175-A. The Ice Arena and Welcome Center is the fourth building on the left. (2/10 of a mile from the off ramp).  

Overnight Accommodations:

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
12 Ridgeview Lane, Plymouth, NH

Common Man Inn & Spa
231 Main Street, Plymouth, NH

Airport & Shuttle Information:
The most convenient airport to PSU is the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT), which is approximately 80 miles from the university.

Logan International Airport in Boston, MA is approximately 115 miles from PSU.

Day 1 – Wednesday, August 15, 2018

7:30am–8:30am Registration HUB
8:30am–9:00am Welcome and Opening Remarks HUB
9:00am–10:00am Keynote Presentation HUB
10:00am–10:15am BREAK  
10:15am–11:30am Session 1 Boyd Science Center
Lamson Library
11:30am–12:30pm LUNCH HUB
12:30pm–1:45pm Session 2 Boyd Science Center
Lamson Library
1:45pm–2:15pm BREAK and NETWORKING  
2:15pm–3:30pm Session 3 Boyd Science Center
Lamson Library
4:00pm–6:00pm Screening of Documentary Film It’s Criminal, followed by discussion with film director Signe Taylor and panel of film subjects Boyd Science Center
Room 144

Day 2 – Thursday, August 16, 2018

8:00am–8:30am Registration HUB
8:30am–9:00am Welcome HUB
9:00am–10:15am Session 4 Boyd Science Center
Lamson Library
10:15am–10:30am BREAK  
10:30am–11:45am Session 5 Boyd Science Center
Lamson Library
11:45am–12:45pm LUNCH HUB
12:45pm–1:00pm BREAK  
1:00pm–2:15pm Session 6 Boyd Science Center
Lamson Library
2:15pm–2:30pm BREAK  
2:30pm–3:30pm Panel Discussion/Closing Remarks HUB

Cassie YackleyWednesday, August 15 | 9:00am-10:00am

Building Trauma-Informed Communities of Hope, Resilience, and Care

Cassie Yackley, Psy.D., PLLC, Center for Behavioral Health Innovation, Department of Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England

Educators are faced with the seemingly insurmountable job of maintaining academic excellence, protecting the welfare of students, and healing traumatized brains with ever dwindling resources and supports. Yet across New Hampshire, educators and other child-serving partners are working collaboratively to build trauma-informed communities of hope, resilience, & care. Learn how trauma-informed principles are infused into multi-tiered systems of support, and why relationships and hope form the foundation of these systems.

About the Keynote Presenter: Dr. Cassie Yackley has spent more than 25 years addressing the impact of adverse childhood experiences on families through psychological practice and research. Her work in school settings spans her career, including as school counselor, delivering and/or managing school-based mental health services, and providing training and consulting services to school professionals. For more than a decade, Dr. Yackley trained psychologists from across the country through her role as Training Director for an APA-accredited doctoral internship program.

Dr. Yackley’s current projects include: Project GROW, Growing Healthy Families, and Connecting Young Children and their Caregivers to Care (CYCCC); all involve building trauma-informed systems of care in school districts, mental health centers, and communities in NH.

1A – What Is MTSS-B, Anyway? The Basic Elements and Advantages of the Multi-Tiered System of Support Framework for Behavioral Health and Wellness
Presenter: Howard Muscott, Ed.D., Director, NH Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Supports at SERESC
Room: Boyd 144

This session will outline the systems, data and practice features of the Multi-Tiered System of Support Framework for Behavioral Health and Wellness and how it is being implemented by schools and districts in New Hampshire.

1B – Tools for Schools! Practical Tools for Initiating Student Mental Health and Wellness Initiatives in Schools
Presenter: Helene Anzalone, MA, Prevention Coordinator, Bureau of Student Wellness, NH Department of Education. Panelists: Stacey Lazzar, Jennifer Noyes, Evangeline Gauvin
Room: Boyd 001
The NH Department of Education’s Bureau of Student Wellness has piloted successful comprehensive student wellness programs in nine of its school districts. To scale and expand this work, NH has developed a toolkit to guide schools/districts in the planning and implementation of activities to meet the comprehensive mental health and wellness needs of all students in collaboration with community partners. Practical tools that can be used to begin planning and creating student mental health and wellness initiatives will be demonstrated in this session.

1C – Engaging Students and Building Resilience with Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs)
Presenter: Jill A. Heath, MSW, MS.Ed., Consultant and Social Worker, Strafford Learning Center, Somersworth NH
Room: Boyd 005
Learn how Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs) are an effective way to engage and empower youth in their education. This presentation will explain ELOs and describe how they can effectively be incorporated into a multi-tiered system of support, transition practices, and community building and outreach.

1D – From Acorn to Oak: Using Strategic Communication to Ensure Sustainability
Presenter: Kelly Untiet, BA, Communications Coordinator, Bureau of Student Wellness, NH Department of Education
Room: Boyd 235

Learn from the Bureau of Student Wellness about how to use the Universal Design for Learning framework coupled with a strategic communications approach to: 1) educate the public about Student Wellness, 2) obtain support for the use of Student Wellness approaches in your community, and 3) ensure long-term sustainability of your efforts.

1E – Evaluating the Fidelity and Outcomes of New Hampshire’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Behavioral Health & Wellness
Presenters: Megan Edwards, Psy.D., Evaluator, Center for Behavioral Health Innovation, Antioch University New England
Lisa Dotson, MSW, Evaluation Coordinator/ Data Analyst, Center for Behavioral Health Innovation, Antioch University New England
Room: Boyd 236
This session describes lessons learned from a multi-year evaluation of NH’s Multi-tiered System of Supports for Behavioral Health and Wellness (MTSS-B) model in nine school districts. Our results closely replicate the scholarly evidence: high-fidelity implementation of MTSS-B is tightly linked to positive outcomes. Local data from participating districts suggest that schools implementing MTSS-B with fidelity achieve high-leverage outcomes (e.g., dramatic decreases in rates of office discipline referrals, a leading indicator of student behavior and school climate), and better support the behavioral health needs of students. In-school and community-based mental health services can be emphasized to complementary ends; full implementation of MTSS-B likely requires both internal and external mental health access strategies.

1F – Creative Collaboration to Support Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges
Presenters: Kathryn Francoeur, M.Ed., Project Director, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire
Ellen Willis, MA, Special Education Teacher, Rochester Middle School, Rochester NH
Shelby Barron, BS, Team Leader, Community Partners, Dover NH
Room: Lamson 124

This session will highlight a blueprint for integrating community behavioral health providers within the school’s MTSS-B framework, bringing creative collaboration around Tier 3 interventions. Utilizing expertise from multiple perspectives for system-level planning and coaching for an intensive Tier 3 will be described. Strategies, tools and examples from the field will be shared.

1G – Life of an Athlete: An Evidence-Based Approach to Addressing Substance Use Disorder from Athletics to School-Wide
Presenters: Larry Averill, CAA, Athletic Director/ LOBD Coordinator, Epping Middle/ High School
Amy Bernard, M.Ed., Chemistry Teacher and Coach, Pinkerton Academy, Derry NH
Melissa Purington, BS, Administrative Assistant, New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association
Room: Lamson 102

Life of an Athlete is a comprehensive, evidence-based program that uses the intrinsic value of athletics to drive a cultural shift related to alcohol and other drug use within an athletic department and then ultimately school-wide. Mrs. Bernard will discuss some of the challenges of getting things started and keeping students engaged and the successes of Life of an Astro implementation at Pinkerton Academy. Mr. Averill will discuss the progression from an athlete leadership program into a unified arts class that started with younger students and moved to a higher grade at Epping Middle/High School.

2A – Creating Caring, Motivated, Safe Learning Communities through a Multi-Tiered System Framework
Presenters: Rebecca Trento, M.Ed., General Education Teacher, Christa McAuliffe School, Concord NH
Sharon Richert, M.Ed., Classroom Teacher, Christa McAuliffe School, Concord NH
Kathryn Francoeur, M.Ed., Project Director, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire
Room: Boyd 144

This session highlights the importance of consistent and positive schoolwide (Tier 1) approaches by creating a learning environment that promotes student behavioral health. Core features of Tier 1 MTSS-B implementation will be highlighted. A case study from a NH elementary school will showcase effective lesson plans, reteaching tools, creative videos, student acknowledgement system, student voice, community celebrations, and staff appreciation and recognition. Data and the team’s use of data will be shared. Participants will be given specific tools and examples to guide them in their own implementation as well time for discussion.

2B – ACERT: A Community’s Efforts to Mitigate the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Children
Presenters: Lara Quiroga, M.Ed., Project LAUNCH Director, Manchester Community Health Center
Jessica Sugrue, MS, CEO, YWCA NH, Manchester NH
Nicole Ledoux, Lieutenant, Juvenile Division, Manchester Police Department
Peter Marr, Sergeant, Juvenile Division, Manchester Police Department

Room: Boyd 001
A collaboration in Manchester, NH developed a response team that connects children and families who have been exposed to trauma to local services. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team (ACERT) consists of a police officer, a domestic violence crisis services advocate, and a community health worker trained in trauma-informed services. The team responds to incidents in which children have been exposed to trauma and connect them to services that mitigate the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), build protective factors, and strengthen families and the community. This presentation will provide an overview of ACEs, this unique approach to addressing them, and offer suggestions for building collaborations to establish similar teams in other communities.

2C – Individualized & Organizational Trauma-Informed Interventions for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Presenters: Andrea Caoili, MSW, LCSW, Director of Quality Assurance, Center for START Services
Beth Friedman Grosso, BS, Project Coordinator, Center for START Services
Room: Boyd 005

Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) are at greater risk of traumatic experiences including, but not limited to abuse and neglect, than their typically developing peers. Due to a variety of biopsychosocial vulnerabilities, trauma related disorders are often under or misdiagnosed in this population. Trauma-related symptoms can significantly impact a child’s participation within the educational setting. This presentation will address common indicators of potential trauma as well as practical, individualized and system/organizational trauma-informed practices that can be helpful in supporting children with IDD and co-occurring trauma related symptoms in the classroom and beyond.

2D – Be the Change: Engaging Partners & Changing Systems to Align with Trauma-Informed Principles and Practices
Presenter: Cassie Yackley, Psy.D., PLLC, Center for Behavioral Health Innovation, Department of Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England
Room: Boyd 235

While educators are in desperate need for effective tools to deal with disruptive student behavior, the most powerful intervention strategy involves relationship-building. Becoming a “trauma-informed” (TI) leader within a school district requires a person to embody the principles of safety, trustworthiness, transparency, collaboration, and voice. Administrators and other TI leaders who feel compelled to transform systems in accordance with these principles can feel frustrated with others who have not adopted this approach/understanding. Truly moving systems toward trauma-sensitivity isn’t about trying to change someone’s behavior, its about being the change you hope to inspire in others.

2E – Bringing Hope to Families and Youth: Wraparound in New Hampshire
Presenters: JoAnne Malloy, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Institute on Disability, UNH
Daryll Tenney, MS, Program Specialist, Bureau for Children’s Behavioral Health, NH Department of Health and Human Services
Brian Huckins, BS, Director of Children and Youth Services, NAMI New Hampshire
Dennis Calcutt, MPA, Director, Monadnock Region System of Care
Maureen Gross, MA, Wraparound Lead Coach and Consultant, Concord NH
Room: Boyd 236

This session will include information presented by representatives of New Hampshire’s efforts to implement and scale up Wraparound, including NAMI family support providers, the state agency staff, and the University workforce development provider. Presenters will share a copy of the state System of Care legislation, a description of the Wraparound intervention, and opportunities to discuss strategies as well as challenges to implementation.

2F – Reimagining Youth-Adult Partnerships: Your Role in Empowering Young Leaders
Presenters: Hannah Raiche, BA, Program Director, Youth MOVE New Hampshire
Hannah Ossoff, Haley, Heinrich, & Justin Tilbe, Youth Peer Support Specialists, Youth MOVE NH
Room: Lamson 124

Participants will reflect on and explore the current approaches and strategies that they as individuals and a group are employing to engage young people. Presenters will facilitate a group brainstorm about challenges and barriers that have been experienced while working to partner with young people. Participants will be coached in creating safe spaces for young people to participate as partners and flourish as leaders and will reflect about their individual and collective goals for future youth engagement efforts.

2G – Embracing Your Biggest Asset: Youth Leadership in PBIS
Presenter: Heidi Cloutier, UNH Institute on Disability
Room: Lamson 102

Effectively partnering with youth and families is critical to implementing MTSS-B with fidelity. While some inroads have been forged to partner with family members, there is no “blueprint” for schools to recruit and support student members on their Universal Teams and throughout implementation. When school teams learn how to prepare students and adults to engage in partnerships in the work of MTSS-B, the school and community benefit from innovation, energy, and efforts that youth bring, schools see greater levels of buy-in, and youth learn valuable leadership skills that will serve them throughout their lives. Examples across all grade levels on how to foster youth leadership will be presented, plus tools to support Universal teams to include youth and foster youth leadership across an MTSS framework.

3A – Scaling Up Multi-Tiered Systems of Support at Laconia High School
Presenters: Kathryn Francoeur, M.Ed., Project Director, Institute on Disability, UNH
Chris Longo, MS, General Educator, Laconia High School

Alison Witham, MS, PBIS Graduate Certification, General Educator, Laconia High School
Mary Gibbs, PBIS Graduate Certification, Behavior Specialist, PBIS Internal Coach, and RENEW Facilitator, Laconia High School
Melissa Pacini, M.Ed., Social Worker, Wraparound Coordinator, and RENEW Facilitator, Laconia High School
Room: Boyd 144

In this panel presentation, high school staff will share their experiences in implementing tiered supports throughout the continuum. Participants will learn about school-wide approaches that include proactive strategies to support student wellbeing and create a positive school environment. Engaging youth as leaders to help promote a positive school climate will be highlighted. This panel will also discuss various group and individual interventions that have been implemented for students who demonstrate the need for more supports. Tools, strategies and lesson learned will be shared.

3B – Conversations on Implications of National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards in Education
Presenters: Bhagirath Khatiwada, MPA, Cultural and Linguistic Competence Coordinator, Bureau of Student Wellness, NH Department of Education
Jennifer Noyes, MA, Project Manager, Office of School Wellness, SAU 7, Colebrook NH
Room: Boyd 001

The NH Department of Education’s Office of Student Wellness has piloted the use of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards in seven school districts. Understanding and practically implementing CLAS Standards in education helps schools to comply with federal civil rights laws, address growing diversity, improve disparities in proficiency scores of students, and create a culture of inclusion in schools. Participants will learn how NH is supporting educational communities across the state to implement CLAS Standards in education while creating a culture of inclusion. Hands-on experience and practical strategies to begin the planning and implementation of CLAS Standards in education will be explored in this session.

3C – What Is the “Trauma-Sensitive School?”
Presenter: Cassie Yackley, Psy.D., PLLC, Center for Behavioral Health Innovation, Department of Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England
Room: Boyd 005
Largely driven by our understanding of the prevalence and impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences on the academic functioning of students, school systems across the country are working to creating “trauma-sensitive schools.” But, what does this mean? In this session we will explore the defining characteristics of a trauma-informed approach to education, including how it aligns with the development of multi-tiered systems of support. Participants will walk away prepared to engage in their own journey toward trauma-informed care.

3D – Exploring Stress, Executive Skills, and the Process of Improving Self-Regulation Skills
Presenter: Eric Mann, MSW, Education and Behavior Consultant, NH Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Supports (NH CEBIS)
Room: Boyd 235

Supporting growth in self-awareness and self-management are foundational to Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). This session explores stress and executive skills (including emotional regulation) within a paradigm for understanding behavior, providing a springboard for formulating skill-building support that is connected to SEL.

3E – Hampton School District’s Journey to an Office of Student Wellness
Presenters: Janine Richards, MSW, District Social Worker, Hampton School District
Susan Antico, MA, School Counselor, Adeline C. Marston Elementary School, Hampton NH
Jessica Parsons, M.Ed., Director of Pupil Services, Hampton School District
Room: Boyd 236

Hampton School District will highlight their path in creating an Office of Student Wellness, a proposed new model for student care. Participants will learn the steps taken to identify gaps in care, our adapted roles and responsibilities and our work to systematically shift our perspective in viewing our students. The Panel will share our proposal to improve identifying our at-risk students, broadening agency partnerships, and how Hampton is working more cohesively and effectively as team for all of our students and their caregivers.

3F – Mindfulness in a High School Classroom
Presenter: Margie Borawska-Popielarz, Ph.D., School Psychologist, Concord High School
Room: Lamson 124

This presentation will integrate the science and application of mindfulness practice in an educational setting. How mindfulness wakes up to the inner workings of our mental, emotional, and physical processes and what are the benefits of the practice to both educators and students are some of the questions that will be explored. Overview of implementation of mindfulness in a high school classroom setting and actual practice of mindfulness activities will be offered.

3G – Youth Leadership through Adventure
Presenters: Sean O’Brien, BS, Executive Director, Adapt, Inc
Amy Bernard, M.Ed., Chemistry Teacher and Coach, Pinkerton Academy, Derry NH
Melissa Purington, BS, Administrative Assistant, New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association
Room: Lamson 102

Youth Leadership through Adventure (YLTA) is an innovative regional initiative focused on the prevention of youth substance misuse by fostering positive development and leadership skills.
Why this strategy? Programs that incorporate one or more Positive Youth Development constructs are proven to produce reductions in participant substance misuse rates. Because Positive Youth Development is a strengths-based approach focused on youth rather than the substance, it allows us to be proactive. Common elements include leadership academies, school group meetings, annual conferences, action plan components, Kids in Prevention retreats, school climate projects, service learning projects, chem-free events, environmental prevention activities, and celebration events.

4A – Trauma-Sensitive Schools and the MTSS Framework
Presenter: Erin Mahoney, Ed.D., M.Ed., B.S., Principal, Nancy Loud School, Rochester School District
Room: Boyd 144

This workshop will be for K-12 participants who are looking to understand the impact of complex trauma, traumatic stress, and Adverse Childhood Experiences on the neurodevelopment of children and youth. In addition, participants will examine the MTSS framework and how creating trauma-sensitive classrooms/schools fits into the current everyday work we do. Creating a culture of reflective practices and organizational citizenship behavior will also be discussed in the development of a trauma-sensitive school.

4B – Secondary Traumatic Stress: Using the Learning Supports Framework for Adults Serving Wounded Students
Presenters: Tavia Crumpler, Learning Supports Coach, Scholastic Education
Mary Lane, Education Consultant, Bureau of Special Education, NH DOE
Room: Boyd 001

Participants in this session will learn to recognize the potential impact of secondary trauma on the adults who serve our children, identify prevention and intervention strategies that mitigate the negative impacts of secondary trauma, and understand how to better serve children who have experienced trauma, while also supporting our staff and ensuring authentic family voice is included.

4C – Family Peer Support Specialist Certification within the Wraparound Model
Presenter: Brian Huckins, BS, Director of Children and Youth Programs, NAMI NH
Room: Boyd 005

Family Peer Support for Children is often part of a service called Wraparound. This session will focus on NH Wraparound’s approach to support Family Peer Support for children who have a serious emotional disturbance diagnosis. Family Peer Support in this context is when a person who has family lived experience (i.e., who has had a child with a serious mental illness) works with the identified family on youth and family lead goals, bringing hope through sharing their experiences when appropriate to show the family there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Participants will learn about Family Peer Support, and understand the certification process in NH.

4D – Supporting Students through Building Family Protective Factors
Presenter: Julie Day, BA, ECMP:AP, Strengthening Families Director, NH Children’s Trust
Room: Boyd 235

The Strengthening Families Framework identifies the characteristics – called Family Protective Factors – that, when present and robust in families, make families stronger and child abuse and neglect less likely to occur. By making small but significant changes in how one approaches one’s work, teachers or any professionals whose work touches children or parents are in a great position to promote these characteristics. The Strengthening Families Framework provides examples of everyday actions that professionals can take to promote protective factors.

4E – NH’s Community Mental Health System and Schools: A Collaborative Approach
Presenters: Lucy Putnam, MS, LMFT, Director of Behavioral Health Professional Development and Training, Community Partners
Melissa Cardin, M.Ed. Project Director, Safe Schools Healthy Students Grant, Rochester School District
Adele Gallant, MS, Children’s Behavioral Health Administrator, NH DHHS
Room: Boyd 236

This workshop provides an overview of NH’s Community Mental Health System and the successful collaboration between the local community mental health center, Community Partners, and the Rochester School District. The presentation will demystify the community mental health center system by describing its origin, purpose, funding, and services, and its relationship to the Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health. Presenters will outline the services that were initially put into place between Rochester and Community Partners, then explore how they have developed and expanded through the Safe Schools Healthy Students Grant to meet the needs of students and families in a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS).

4F – Voices of Resilience: A Tribute to Jonathon Drake
Presenters: JoAnne Malloy, Ph.D., Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire
Kathy Francoeur, M.Ed., Project Director, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire

Margie Borawska-Popielarz, Ph.D., School Psychologist, Concord High School
Room: Lamson 124

Several youth who were disengaged from school and experienced significant challenges will talk about their experience with an individualized school-to-career intervention called RENEW and the mentoring they received from a caring adult. This session will illustrate the importance of building resiliency skills with youth.

5A – Breaking Ground, Digging Deep, & Taking Root: Leadership and Implementation Lessons from Building a Multi-Tiered System of Care
Presenters (all of Merrimack School District): Julie Deluca, M.Ed., CAGS, Assistant Principal, Co-Leader of District Mental Health Committee
John Fabrizio, CAGS, Director of Student Services, Co-Leader of District Mental Health Committee
Fern Seiden, MSW, School Counselor, Member of District Mental Health Committee
Laura Livie, MSW, Behavior Specialist, Member of District Mental Health Committee
Laureen Dorow, M.Ed., CAGS, School Psychologist, Member of District Mental Health Committee

Room: Boyd 144
Can a System of Care and Learning Supports be initiated and sustained in districts without obtaining grant funding? In 2015, after an emotional meeting with a parent who shared her daughter’s struggle with mental illness within the school setting, Merrimack School District Superintendent Marge Chiafery was inspired to learn how we could improve the lives of students struggling with mental health and emotional well-being. Members of the Merrimack District Mental Health Committee will share leadership lessons learned during the past three years, and challenges of implementation and sustainability faced by the district. Presenters will offer pragmatic, real-world strategies and tools, honest reflections about pitfalls to avoid, and guiding principles that enabled Merrimack to break ground and grow a System of Care.

5B – Building Community Resilience
Presenters: Bolgen Vargas, Ed.D., Superintendent, Manchester School District
Mary Steady, M.Ed, Director of Student Services, Manchester School District
Jaime Hoebeke, MPH, Head of Neighborhood Division, City of Manchester Health Department
Room: Boyd 001

Manchester’s Public Health Department and Manchester School District are partnering to implement a Framework for Neighborhood Health. It is the basis for becoming an intergenerationally-celebrated, welcoming, inclusive and trauma-informed community. This work is helping MSD understand the multiple mitigating factors enabling students to overcome adversity to achieve academic success, and creating a “Neighborhood of Opportunity” that provides a Seamless of Continuum of Services for children and residents from Cradle to Career.

5C – Know & Tell: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse
Presenters: Stephanie Arroyo, M.Ed., GSCA Education Coordinator & Training Specialist, Granite State Children’s Alliance
Joy Barrett, BS, Executive Director, Granite State Children’s Alliance
Room: Boyd 005

KNOW & TELL is a public responsibility movement to educate all adults to KNOW the signs of abuse and TELL responsible authorities when they recognize them. 1) EDUCATE: Learn the signs of physical and sexual abuse to identify a child victim and understand your responsibility as a mandated reporter. 2) INFORM: Know how and when to report suspected abuse when a child needs your help. 3) PROTECT: Recognize your role in the child protection system. KNOW& TELL is a program of the Granite State Children’s Alliance (GSCA), the Chapter Organization of the network of Child Advocacy Centers. GSCA expert trainers provide interactive, dynamic workshops on how to create a safe community where all adults understand their role as mandated reporters of child abuse.

5D – Youth Engagement: A Framework for Building Youth Resilience and Leadership
Presenters: JoAnne Malloy, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Institute on Disability, UNH
Heidi Cloutier, MSW, Project Director, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire
Room: Boyd 235

Youth engagement and leadership can result in significant change while giving the youth real-world experience with leadership development and resiliency skill building. This session will share NH’s Youth Engagement framework and a youth Leadership development process and provide concrete guidance for schools and communities that want to authentically engage and partner with youth.

5E – Attachment-Based Teaching: Using the Science of Relationships to Promote Learning
Presenter: Cassie Yackley, Psy.D., PLLC, Center for Behavioral Health Innovation, Department of Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England
Room: Boyd 236
Social neuroscience has taught us we are fundamentally interconnected as human beings – we literally shape each other’s brains through our interactions. Given the nature of the teacher-student relationship, educators play a potent role in this process, leading to immense opportunity for brain growth and learning. This session will explore the fundamentals of interpersonal neurobiology as they relate to relationships in school settings. Participants will understand not only why, but how, to develop these attachment-focused relationships within their own role.

5F – RENEW: A Structured Individualized Approach for Identifying and Supporting At-Risk Youth in Rural Maine
Presenter: Marsha Burns, M.Ed., M.S., RENEW Facilitator, Maine RSU10
Room: Lamson 124
This presentation will focus on the implementation of RENEW, a data-driven, intensive Tier 3 intervention in RSU #10 (Maine). The presenter will share a youth’s futures planning maps and goal setting process, reflecting on how the process has affected her life and future plans. The presenter will also discuss administrative support, parental involvement, selecting and training facilitators, coaching for fidelity, data collection for decision-making, and describe sustainability, which includes both district-wide and school-wide Tier 3 implementation teams, internal coaching, external coaching, and training capacity for RENEW facilitators. (Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work: Institute on Disability, UNH, 1996.)

6A – Promoting Learning in the Midst of Crisis: The Primary Role of Educator Resilience and the Ethical Imperative of Self-Care
Presenter: Cassie Yackley, Psy.D., PLLC, Center for Behavioral Health Innovation, Department of Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England
Room: Boyd 144

Given the high incidence, as well as the known contagion effects of traumatic exposure, educators run the risk of developing secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, and ultimately burnout if they are not equipped with the knowledge and tools of self-care. Participants will develop an understanding of educator “self-care” and will explore the necessity of reflective practice for educators as the primary mechanism for caring for self.

6B – Using the SHAPE System and PDSAs to Develop or Improve Your School Behavioral Health Program
Presenter: Jennifer Noyes, MS, Project Manager, Office of Student Wellness, SAU 7, Colebrook NH
Room: Boyd 001

Learn how to evaluate your current school behavioral health program using the SHAPE system, a free online tool. From here explore the use of small change cycles (PDSAs) to develop or improve programming. Real life examples will be shared and participants will have time to begin their own PDSA plan. Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Networks will be introduced as a tool for collaborating.

6C – Asking the Right Questions: Building Strong Partnerships between Families, Students, and Schools
Presenter: Kimm Phillips, MS, Family Engagement Director, Parent Information Center
Room: Boyd 005

Despite their significance, skills for parents to develop focused questions around important issues and decisions affecting their children in schools are rarely taught. The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) is a simple, straightforward strategy that helps all individuals learn how to produce, improve, and prioritize questions in order to increase communication and shared decision-making. Attend this experiential workshop to learn more about the Question Formulation Technique and leave ready to teach and share these skills with others.

6D – A Trauma-Informed Approach to Assessment & Intervention for Problem Behaviors
Presenter: Emily Russell, MA, CAGS, NCSP, School Psychologist, SAU 35, Bethlehem NH
Room: Boyd 235

The BES Behavior Support Team is working towards a Trauma-Sensitive approach to assessment and interventions aimed at improving problematic behavior. This requires moving away from seeing behavior as simply willful and trying to punish it away, or in purely behavioral terms as serving a particular function. The Trauma-Sensitive model suggests problematic behaviors stem from an underdeveloped skill, preventing a student from meeting behavioral expectations. Therefore the assessment focuses on determining which skills are lagging, and how they may be contributing to behaviors, then teaching these skills in a way that supports positive and pro-social behaviors. The talk will include examples of assessments and interventions as well as a discussion of potential barriers.

6E – An Overview of the NH Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative’s Policy Work, Including the System of Care Law (RSA 135-f)
Presenters: Rebecca Whitley, Esq., Policy Coordinator, NH Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative (NH CBHC)
Dellie Champagne, M.Ed., Community Engagement Coordinator, NH CBHC
Room: Boyd 236

In 2016, NH passed Senate Bill 534, a major initiative of the Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative (CBHC), which embedded the system of care approach and accompanying values in RSA 135-f. The law requires the State to develop and maintain an integrated and comprehensive service delivery system for children with behavioral health needs. Presenters will give an overview of the law, as well as an overview of the CBHC and its work to help implement the law. They will also discuss the yearly reports and progress being made in the state. Lastly, the presenters will show how work currently being done in our schools is fitting into the entire NH System of Care.

6F – Youth Empowerment through Leadership, Advocacy, and Community Service
Presenters: Monica Gallant, Certified Prevention Specialist, Director of Prevention Services, Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley/CAST Coalition
Abigail Forrence, Youth Representative, Youth Empowerment & Service Team Chair, and Team Social Committee Chairperson, Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley/CAST Coalition

Claire Sullivan, Youth Representative and CAST Community Service Chair, Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley/CAST Coalition
Dario Sidlau, CAST Youth Empowerment & Service Representative, and Team Social Committee Chairperson, Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley/CAST YES Team
Devan Watson, CAST Youth Representative and Team Media Specialist, Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley/CAST YES Team

Room: Lamson 124
This session will provide an overview of the Children’s Resiliency Retreat – what a typical retreat day looks like, mentoring opportunities for participating children and adults, and how the program provides supportive education and opportunities for youth impacted by a loved one’s substance use disorder. The Retreat was developed through the initiation of Souhegan Valley becoming a trauma-informed community. The CAST YES Team will discuss the importance of including youth voice in creating a healthier community and the value of providing leadership, advocacy, and community service opportunities to youth. YES Team members will share what they have done in Souhegan Valley to increase and expand youth engagement to address the addiction crisis gripping our state.

The 2018 Summer Institute is presented by the Bureau of Student Wellness at the NH Department of Education, the UNH Institute on Disability/UCED, Antioch University New England, the NH Center for Effective Behavioral Supports, and Strafford Learning Center, in collaboration with the Holmes Center for School Partnerships and Educator Preparation at Plymouth State University.

Institute on Disability/UCED
Plymouth State University

Bureau of Student Wellness at the NH Department of Education
Strafford Learning Center

Date & Time

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 8:30am to Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 3:30pm

Registration Fee

Free (advance registration required)


Plymouth State University
17 High Street
Plymouth, NH

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