Stephanie Moulton Symposium - Boston


Friday, November 22, 2019 from 9:15 AM to 2:30 PM EST
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John F. Kennedy Library 
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125

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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 November 1, 2019

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November 22, 2019
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Program begins at 9:15 a.m.
JFK Library, Boston, 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 November 1, 2019




Continental Breakfast/Networking 




Department of Mental Health Deputy Commissioner Brooke Doyle

Opening Remarks


Department of Mental Health Commissioner Joan Mikula


Keynote Panel

Best Practices for Safety: Focus on Dual Recovery




Plenary Session Motivational Interviewing & Co-Occurring Disorders: Foundational Skills for Supporting Safety and Promoting Change

Suzy Langevin-,,-LICSW, LADC1
Director of Dual Diagnosis Services, Open Sky Community Services




Presentation of the Stephanie Moulton Memorial Award

Award Recipient: Kim Flynn, Mother

1:15 – 2:30





Workshop 1 - Conversations About Dual Recovery: Supporting Safety Through Relationship

Description: Learn about dual recovery from peer supporters who will share their recovery stories, including recovery from addiction. The Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA) relapse intervention plan will be introduced as a tool to support people with recognizing warning signs that may lead to a relapse. Peer supporters will share how a caring conversation and relationship also contributes to recovery, as it supports the individual's learning and understanding as a way to cope with problems, which also enables people to make informed decisions about their own care. The caring conversation contributes to the alleviation of suffering and restoration of dignity and self-esteem for people with co-occurring conditions. This reciprocity creates safety and communion, suffering is made visible and understandable, and self-esteem is restored.

PresentersVal Comerford-DMH Dir. of Recovery, Central Mass.Area, Abe Walters, DMH Peer Specialist, Mark Kariotis, DMH Peer Specialist, & Patrick Whalen, DMH Peer Specialist

Workshop 2: Safely Supporting Youth and Young Adults with Co-Occurring Disorders

Description: This workshop will examine the relationship between mental health, trauma, and substance use disorder in young adults, best practices for treatment, current services and supports, and trauma-informed practices to stay safe while supporting young adults with co-occurring disorders.

Presenters: Boston Michael Leach, Director of Substance Use Services at the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
Holyoke - Jordana Willers, Ed.M., Youth Training and Systems Specialist

Workshop 3 - Overview of the Section 35 Process

This workshop will present an overview of the commitment criteria and process for obtaining a Section 35, and include what some of the complications are that may arise with the court process, and summarize available Section 35 treatment facilities.

Presenters: Boston - Patricia Schmitz, Ph.D., Designated Forensic Psychologist
Holyoke - Andrew Bourke, Ph.D., Designated Forensic Psychologist

Workshop 4 - Addressing Compassion Fatigue and Moral Residue: Self-Care following Critical Events


Direct care staff often have limited knowledge of the impact of Moral Residue  and compassion fatigue and lack skills needed to foster self-care practices. This presentation is designed to explore the concept of compassion stress and moral residue. The goal is to equip responders  with the knowledge and skills needed to identify their experiences and create prevention and personal intervention plans. The result is to renew a sense of wellness and restorative wholeness in their professional work and life systems.

PresenterDonna White, RN, PhD, CS, CADAC

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