Stephanie Moulton Symposium - Holyoke


Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
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Log Cabin, Holyoke 
500 Easthampton Rd
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 Kathleen Hammerstrom at: by April 24, 2019

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April 24, 2019
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Program begins at 9:15 a.m.
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.


Target Audience:
DMH and Provider Staff, individuals who receive services, and other stakeholders

If accommodations such as ASL interpreters or visual aids are needed and for any other questions,
please contact Kathleen Hammerstrom at 
by Friday April 5, 2019




Continental Breakfast/Networking 


Opening Remarks

Department of Mental Health Deputy Commissioner Brooke Doyle 


Keynote Panel

Best Practices for Safety: A Direct Care Perspective




Plenary Session Mitigating Risk of Violence In the Community

Nancy Connolly, PsyD, Department of Mental Health Assistant Commissioner of Forensic Services




Commissioner’s Address, Presentation of the Stephanie Moulton Memorial Award

Joan Mikula, Department of Mental Health, Commissioner

Award Recipient: Kim Flynn, Mother

1:15 – 2:30





Workshop 1 - Addressing Hidden Trauma: Using TIMBo with your clients and staff
Description: Health service providers are paying more and more attendtion to the connection between early trauma and co-occurring issues such as addiction, homelessness and the mental health issues that underlie many other pathologies.  TIMBo (Trauma Responsive Innovations for Mind and Body) founder, Sue Jones, will discuss new ways to address and treat trauma at the source - the body.  Care providers are using this powerful resource to help them regulate their own stress or trauma responses, and share TIMBo teaching and practices with clients. Clients are empowered with immediate tools for self-compassion and emotion regulation and staff feel effective in their direct service work—all without the need to know or remember adverse events.

Presenter: Sue Jones, Founder, TIMBo Collective

Workshop 2 - Addressing Safety for Young Adults Through Access & Drop-in Centers
The Department of Mental Health supports a small number of youth/young adult Drop-in/Access Centers. These centers provide supports for youth with mental health conditions, who may lack family connections, engage in risky behaviors, and/or are living with substance misuse and homelessness. These sites assist TAYA (Transitional Age Young Adults) who need help resolving urgent situations, and provide a wide range of healthy life options job search supports, college applications, cooking and other life skills classes, LGBTQ support, advocacy opportunities, recovery resources, housing linkages, leadership opportunities, and health information. This workshop will be a panel of staff and young adults describing best practices of youth driven, safe, barrier free, supportive environments for teens and young adults

Presenters: Emmanuel Hernandez, DMH, TSAI Grant Young Adult Peer Coordinator, Heidi Holland, DMH, TSAI Grant Director; Vesper Moore, Zia Center Supervisor & Cristaliz Arroyo Zia Center Young Adult Peer Mentor, Kristine Rodriguez, Impact Center Supervisor & Carmelo Torres, Impact Center Young Adult Peer Mentor, young adult program members TBD

Workshop 3 - Intergenerational Stress in the Workplace
Description:  Unresolved intergenerational tensions often lead to stress that decreases engagement, productivity, adaptability, and workplace respect.  This phenomenon may ultimately affect patient care, profitability and healthy relationships in the workplace.  Discussion will entail various approaches to address how limited interaction, different age groups’ use of technology and patterns of micro-aggressions, may marginalize collegial retention and satisfaction.

Presenters: Donna White, PhD, RN-CNS, CADAC

Workshop 4 - Identifying and Mitigating Risk Associated with Behavioral Health Conditions in Older Adults
Description: In this panel we will discuss risk and safety among older adults with behavioral health challenges. Panelists will explore the challenges of managing risk and safety for the older persons and the providers, and balancing that with the principles of self-determination and risk tolerance.  Some approaches to working with individuals who are a possible danger to themselves or other will be explored, including dealing with self-neglect. 

Presenter: Cassie Cramer, COS, LICSW, Community Social Worker, Sommerville - Cambridge Elder Services  Jason B. Strauss, MD. Director of Geriatric Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance, Robert Walker, CPS, External Consumer Engagment Liaison, Department of Mental Health.

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