Stephanie Moulton Symposium


Wednesday March 23, 2016 from 8:45 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
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The Log Cabin 
500 Easthampton Road
Holyoke, MA 01040

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If accommodations such as ASL interpreters or visual aids are needed and for any other questions, please contact Lisa Colozzo at by March 1, 2015

Sponsored by


"Conversations about Safety" 

March 23, 2015
Registration begins at 8:45 a.m.
Program begins at 9:30 a.m.
The Log Cabin, Holyoke, MA

 The Stephanie Moulton Symposium is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
with special thanks to our friends at the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health.

CEUs have been approved for Social Work, LMHC, OT, RN and Psychology

Overall Goal:  Work collaboratively to establish and sustain safe environments for all that promotes compassion, respect and recovery.


  • Identify best and promising safety practices and strategies for implementation
  • Describe the characteristics of compassion fatigue and identify two ways to support staff in caring for themselves and others
  • Identify two or more key principles in establishing and sustaining safe service delivery and community living environments for all

Target Audience:
Direct Care Workers, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, DMH Staff and Leadership and other interested stakeholders.

If accommodations such as ASL interpreters or visual aids are needed and for any other questions,
please contact Lisa Colozzo at 
by Friday March 1, 2016


8:45 – 9:30      Registration
                         Continental Breakfast/Networking

9:30 - 9:45       Opening Remarks
                         Commissioner Joan Mikula, DMH
9:45 – 10:45     Keynote
                         Peggy Johnson, MD, Continuing Care Alliance

10:45 – 11:00    Break/Move to workshops

11:00 – 12:30    Workshops

Workshop 1 - Caring for Staff following an Event
Description:  Panelists will share best practices for responding to staff following an event when someone has been injured or traumatized by an incident of violence.
       Describe the protocols, staffing and training needed to implement the best practices described in this

       Describe two unique characteristics of a peer-to-peer volunteer response protocol
       Identify one or more benefits of instituting a formal response to events of violence
Larry Berkowitz, Ed.D, Program Director, Riverside Community Care
Val Levitre, RN-BC, Nurse Manger, Tewksbury Hospital, DMH
Patsy Taucer, M.Ed., CMI, Case Manager, DMH
Jim Frutkin, M.Ed., Vice President of Clinical Services, ServiceNet
Sara Kendall.LICSW, Director of Quality Management, Behavioral Health Network
Sera Davidow, CPS, Director, Western Mass Recovery Learning Community

Workshop 2 - Risk Assessment and Mitigation
Description:  This workshop will discuss fundamentals of risk assessment and mitigation in a recovery oriented environment.
       Identify 2 practical aspects of risk assessment and mitigation
       Identify risk assessment and mitigation methods that support  a recovery environment
       Describe risk assessment and mitigation techniques that sustain safe environments for all
David Hoffman, M.D., Medical Director, Metro Boston Area, DMH
Colleen Byrnes, LICSW, Director of Clinical Services, Vinfen Corp.
Peggy Johnson, M.D., Chief of Psychiatry, Commonwealth Care Alliance
Matthew Leone, LMHC, M.Ed., Program Coordinator, The Living Room, Behavioral Health Network

Workshop 3 – Addiction, Risk and Safety
Description:  This workshop will discuss the neuro biology of substance abuse, its effect on behavior and its root in risky and dangerous actions.  Participants will explore the many ways in which substance abuse can contribute to these actions and the implications for staff and person’s served
       Describe the effects of substance abuse on the brain and a person’s behavior
       Identify 2 ways in which substance abuse can contribute to risky and dangerous actions
Nancy Mahan, Senior Vice President, Bay Cove Human Services
Tim Wilens, M.D., Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Michell Lilly, Director of Bayview Inn, Bay Cove Community Human Services
Amy Hornsby, CPS, CBFS, Bay Cove Human Services
Workshop 4 - Best Practices in Safety
Description:  This workshop will give an overview of an agency’s workplace violence prevention program, as well as safety practices from different perspectives in the workforce and everyday interventions for keeping staff and people we serve safe
       Identify 2 new and evolving methods of safety practices.
       Identify at least 2 interventions for keeping staff and people we serve safe on a daily basis in a variety of
        practice settings
Robyn Venuti, LICSW, Director of Lindemann Inn Shelters, DMH
Erica Riopelle, LICSW, PACT Team Leader, Eliot Community Health Services
Joann Michaud, LMHC, MA PGS, PACT Team Leader, Vinfen Corp.
 Amy Morgan, LICSW, CPRP, Assistant Director of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Advocates, Inc.
Carmin Quirion Wyman, Senior Director of Quality Management, Advocates, Inc.
12:30 – 1:30    Lunch
                         Remarks from Kim Flynn
                         Award Presentation

1:30 – 2:30       Compassion Fatigue
                         Donna White, RN, PhD, CS, CADAC, Addictions Specialist, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital

2:30 – 3:00       Closing Ceremony 


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