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

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
  • 8:30am–9:00am Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 9:00am–10:00am Keynote Presentation
  • 10:00am–10:15am BREAK
  • 10:15am–11:30am Session 1
  • 11:30am–12:30pm LUNCH
  • 12:30pm–1:45pm Session 2
  • 1:45pm–2:15pm BREAK and NETWORKING
  • 2:15pm–3:30pm Session 3

Day 2 – Thursday, August 16, 2018

  • 8:00am–8:30am Registration
  • 8:30am–9:00am Welcome
  • 9:00am–10:15am Session 4
  • 10:15am–10:30am BREAK
  • 10:30am–11:45am Session 5
  • 11:45am–1:30pm LUNCH with School Recognition
  • 1:30pm–2:30pm Panel and Closing Remarks

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

Keynote Title and Description coming soon

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

Dr. Cassie Yackley has spent more than 25 years addressing the impact of adverse childhood experiences on families through psychological practice and research.  She brings together recent discoveries from developmental neuroscience and attachment to help audiences learn how reflective practice leads to better working environments and outcomes for professionals and those they serve.  Her work in school settings spans her career, including work as school counselor, delivering and/or managing school-based mental health services, and extensive experience training and consulting 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).  These projects involve building trauma-informed systems of care in NH—in school districts, mental health centers, and across communities.  Dr. Yackley’s other projects have included: Partners for Change, where she worked with NH DCYF to actualize their commitment to trauma-informed care; Safe Schools, Healthy Students, where she provided training in trauma-informed practices for six major NH school systems; and Trauma-Informed Early Childhood Services (TIECS), where she developed a sustainable network of training and support for early-childhood care providers and pre-school teachers and staff.

There will be multiple breakout presentations arranged into five time slots over the two days of the conference. Participants will choose which sessions to attend.

Request for Proposals

The conference planning committee is accepting proposals for presentations through May 15.

Click here to learn more and submit a proposal.

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

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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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