Essentials for Childhood: The Prevention Connection
April 2, 2018
Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Ave
Concord, NH 03301
General registration fees:
Early-bird (until Feb. 16) - $99
Regular - $125
Join colleagues from family support and strengthening, early care and education, public health, parent leadership, family economic success, mental health, community organizing, and beyond for the seventh annual Strengthening Families Summit.
The Summit is based on the Strengthening Families Framework, a research-based, cost-effective strategy to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce child abuse and neglect. It focuses on building five protective factors that promote healthy outcomes and actions anyone can take to promote these factors in families.
The 2018 Summit will focus on building protective factors through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Essentials for Childhood framework. The framework proposes steps communities can consider in order to promote the types of relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens. It is organized around four goals and related steps to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children and families. The keynote and workshops will feature some of the ways these goals are being pursued in New Hampshire, in the prevention of child abuse and neglect as well as other public health issues, so that we might explore implications for applying the framework in our state.
Essentials for Childhood four goal areas:
1. Raise awareness and commitment
2. Use data to inform action
3. Create the context for healthy children and families through norms change and programs
4. Create the context for healthy children and families through policies.
1. Explore the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Essentials for Childhood framework, which details tactics that have evidence of impact on preventing child abuse and neglect.
2. Highlight NH resources that exemplify strategies and approaches detailed in the CDC framework.
3. Explore strategies and approaches representing various levels of the social ecology and examine how these create the context for healthy children and strong families.
4. Recharge and recommit to this important work.
The Summit qualifies for nursing contact hours for nurses in related fields and for professional development hours for early childhood professionals.
This program has been approved for 5.5 Category I Continuing Education Credits by the National Association of Social Workers, NH Chapter. CEU # 3388
Those workshops that have "GALCEUs" at the end of description have been approved for CEU's for Guardians ad Litem certified by the Guardian ad Litem Board
A certificate of attendance will be awarded to all who participate in the full day conference. This may satisfy the continuing education requirements for other professionals.
General registration fee: $125
Meet our 2018 Summit keynote:
Scientist, author, professor, dog musher, and founder of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project, Dr. Linda Chamberlain is an internationally recognized speaker and advocate on domestic violence, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), brain development and trauma, and the amazing adolescent brain. She is known for her abilities to translate science into practical strategies with diverse audiences to convey a message of hope and healing. Recognition for her work includes a Scientist Scholar with the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, the National Kellogg Leadership Fellowship, an Alaska Women of Achievement Award and the Inaugural Scattergood Foundation Scholar on Child Behavioral Health.
8:00 – 8:30 Registration & Networking
8:30 – 9:00 Welcoming Remarks
9:00 – 10:15 Keynote by Linda Chamberlain, Ph.D., MPH
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:00 Workshop Session 1
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch & Resource Tables
1:15 – 2:45 Workshop Session 2
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:30 Workshop Session 3
4:30 – 4:45 Conference Evaluations & Certificate Distribution
Brain-Based Strategies to Promote Resilience, Self-Regulation, and Healing
Presented by: Linda Chamberlain, Ph.D., MPH
Stress has a major role in healthy human development and survival. However, chronic and overwhelming stress, in the absence of resilience skills and protective factors, has far-reaching implications for brain function, self-regulation and wellbeing. Dr. Chamberlain will begin by examining how stress affects the brain-body and the key role of self-regulation. The essential role of brain-based strategies to modulate the stress response and provide pathways for healing will be highlighted with practical examples that are transforming our approach to childhood adversities. Dr. Chamberlain will discuss the latest evidence supporting an expanding toolkit of somatic interventions that access the more primitive areas of the brain to facilitate neurological repair and buffer the effects of traumatic stress. (1.25 GALCEUs)
1A. Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood: The Next Revolution for Our Common Wealth
Presented by: Deborah Mutschler, Consultant serving as coordinator of the Essentials for Childhood initiative in Massachusetts
Level: Foundational, Intermediate
Essentials for Childhood envisions moving from our dominant cultural focus of independent responsibility for our children’s welfare, to a collective sense of responsibility for child wellness in our communities. This vision includes acknowledging benefits we all accrue when children grow up strong and healthy, whether or not we have children ourselves.
In Massachusetts, we have layered the Strengthening Families framework onto the CDC goals for Essentials. This interactive workshop will outline how Essentials for Childhood has been working in Massachusetts, including plans for advancing the work beyond the initial funding from the CDC, and will facilitate your contemplation of how aspects of Essentials could fit in to in your professional and personal lives.
Deborah Mutschler is an independent consultant who has been coordinating the Essentials for Childhood initiative for Massachusetts since 2014. She has an expertise in facilitating multi-stakeholder work as well as a long term focus on strengthening the understanding, and coherent expression, of organizational identity. She has an MBA from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
1B. Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
Format: Film screening and discussion
Level: Foundational, Intermediate
Participants will screen the one-hour film and then engage in a facilitated discussion. “Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, TOXIC STRESS can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.” KPJR Films (1.5 GALCEUs)
1C. The Framework of Messaging: Creating Change through Campaigns
Presented by: Devin Oot, Executive Director, Partnership for a Drug-Free New Hampshire
Level: Foundational, Intermediate
This course will explore the way we message to NH to set the stage for change and dialogue. Attendees with understand the importance of using a value-based framework and best practice messaging around tough topics to create the end goal of behavior change. We will look into the Speak Up campaign and current work at the Partnership for a Drug-Free NH to explore how we can create a cultural shift to make a change in not only social norms, but also policy.
Devin Oot is the Executive Director at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Hampshire. As a Certified Prevention Specialist, she has maintained and managed grants pertaining to tobacco, active living, and substance misuse prevention. Her work on the ‘Speak Up NH’ campaign impacted Granite Staters and encouraged people to “speak up” about the way we discuss addiction and instilled the idea that everyone has the ability to create a more supportive environment for people living with addiction, their family and friends. Devin lives on the seacoast and enjoys time with her dog and husband.
1D. Transforming Trauma and Preventing Compassion Fatigue
Presented by: Linda Chamberlain, Ph.D, MPH
Format: Presenter led
Level: Foundational, Intermediate
In this interactive workshop, participants will focus on simple tools to facilitate self-regulation and help to manage stress and trauma. Participants will practice breath work, bilateral movement, mindfulness, visualization, acupressure, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and other strategies that can be easily learned by children, adults and families and shared in group settings. These techniques are used in a broad range of settings including schools, youth programs, domestic violence shelters, batterers' intervention programs, hospitals and clinics and mental health settings. Dr. Chamberlain will highlight her work with Capacitar International, a popular education approach that is being used in more than 40 countries to empower families and communities with tools for healing and wellbeing.
Scientist, author, professor, dog musher, and founder of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project, Dr. Linda Chamberlain is an internationally recognized speaker and advocate on domestic violence, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), brain development and trauma, and the amazing adolescent brain. She is known for her abilities to translate science into practical strategies with diverse audiences to convey a message of hope and healing. Recognition for her work includes a Scientist Scholar with the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, the National Kellogg Leadership Fellowship, an Alaska Women of Achievement Award and the Inaugural Scattergood Foundation Scholar on Child Behavioral Health. (1.5 GALCEUs)
1E. Early Childhood Policy and Advocacy
Presented by: Rebecca Woitkowski, Esq.; Rep. Skip Berrien; Rep. Joelle Martin
Format: Presenter led
This workshop will examine key policy changes being proposed in the 2018 legislative session, including policies related to home visiting, access to healthcare, and child care. The workshop will cover background and reasoning for each specific bill. Participants will also discuss ways to get involved to advocate on those issues which are important to them, including by talking to their lawmakers, writing a letter to the editor, testifying at a hearing, and otherwise publicly using their voice to influence state-level policy in New Hampshire. NH State Representatives serving on the Children’s Caucus have been invited to co-present.
Rebecca serves as the Early Childhood Policy Coordinator for New Futures Kids Count. She coordinates and leads early childhood policy and advocacy efforts in New Hampshire. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Southern New Hampshire University and her Juris Doctor from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. As a life-long resident, Rebecca has a deep love for New Hampshire and enjoys using her legal skills to advance policy that positively impacts her home state. In her free time, Rebecca can be found exploring the White Mountains with her family and two dogs.
2A. Overview of NH’s Homeless Children and Youth
Panel Moderated by: Steve LeClair, M.Ed. Title 1 Coordinator Rochester Public Schools
Format: Film screening and panel discussion
This workshop will focus on the work to raise awareness about homeless youth in New Hampshire and the protections and supports available to them through the schools. Two films will be screened and discussed. “What Does Homeless Look Like?”, filmed in New Hampshire features several students throughout the state. “Worn out Welcome Mat” is set in Kansas and explores the traumatic impact on families who are “doubled-up” with others. New Hampshire School Homeless Liaisons will speak about their experiences serving homeless youth. A panel including School Homeless Liaisons, and a caregiver currently experiencing homelessness have been invited to co-present. (1.5 GALCEUs)
- Jacky LeHoullier BS, CRSW Families, Children & Youth Homeless Services Coordinator, Rochester School District
- Jocelyne Pinsonneault, McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Liaison, Manchester School District
- Courtney Porter, MSW, School Social Worker/McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison, Claremont School District
- Dr. Lynda Thistle Elliott, New Hampshire DOE's Director of Homeless Education, Coordinator for Title I Part D Neglected & Delinquent programming
Stephen LeClair has been a New Hampshire educator and administrator for more than forty years. He holds a M.Ed. in Counseling and a CAGS in Educational Leadership, both from the University of New Hampshire. He currently manages federal grants for the Rochester School District. Additionally, he serves as the District’s Homeless Education Liaison.
2B. Constructing a Safer Future for NH’s Children: A Data Driven Transformation Effort
Presented by: Christine Tappan, MSW, Associate Commissioner DHHS, Human Services and Behavioral Health
Level: Foundational, Intermediate
Constructing a safer future for children requires a robust and unyielding focus on promoting health and well-being and preventing trauma caused by child abuse and neglect. Realizing this future requires more than reforming our child protection system, it requires transforming the child-serving and family support systems in every community through data driven decision-making, solutions and continuous improvement. Join in this conversation and learn how the NH Department of Health and Human Services and a broad array of partners are using data to drive comprehensive child welfare systems transformation in New Hampshire.
Christine Tappan, MSW, CAGS is Associate Commissioner for Human Services & Behavioral Health at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. In her role, Tappan oversees an array of statewide programs focused on economic and housing stability, safety, health and well-being of New Hampshire’s citizens and communities. A key focus of Tappan’s role at HHS is to guide the alignment and integration of programs and services so that every citizen receives a holistic, person-centered, multi-generational response no matter what door they use to seek assistance. Tappan has U.S. and international experience managing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating health and human service programs and policies, as well as providing training and technical assistance in a variety of human service settings.
2C. Bringing Mental Health Out of the Shadows
Moderated by: Scott Spradling, Principal, the Spradling Group
We know that nearly one in five people has a diagnosable mental health condition, and that more individuals are expected to die this year by suicide than in car accidents. The time has come to remove the cultural barriers that prevent us from speaking openly about mental health and our emotional pain.
Launched in May of 2017, Change Direction NH, the first state-wide effort of The Campaign to Change Direction, a national initiative to change the culture of mental health in America, set out to teach Granite Staters “The 5 Signs," change how we talk about emotional suffering, eradicate the stigma that surrounds behavioral health, and that treatment works!
• Peter Evers - President & CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health and the VP of Behavioral Health of Concord Hospital, Co-Chair of the Change Direction N.H. Campaign with Riverbend serving as the Campaign’s Manager
• John T. Broderick, Jr. - Co-Chair of the Change Direction N.H. Campaign, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Dartmouth Hitchcock
Scott Spradling is the Principal of the Spradling Group, a New Hampshire based public relations firm and serves on the Change Direction N.H. Campaign work group. Scott is an Emmy award winning former reporter, anchor and political director for WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH. (1.5 GAL CEUs)
2D. Strengthening Families Where They Live: New Hampshire's Home Visiting Programs
Presented by: Sue Watson, Prevention Technical Assistant Consultant (PTAC), DCYF
Learn about the different home visiting programs that are offered throughout the state of New Hampshire through different evidenced based models and funding streams. A panel made up of NH’s home visiting providers will explore how they fulfill the goal of the Essentials for Childhood Framework: “create the context for healthy children and families through norms change and programs.” This is one of the goals the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has identified as a vital step communities can take to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children and families.
Sue Watson is currently the Prevention Technical Assistant Consultant (PTAC) for DCYF, providing support and technical assistance to Family Resource Centers and Family Support Programs contracted with DCYF for the Comprehensive Family Support Program and Watch Me Grow program along with providing administrative support to the Wellness and Primary Prevention Council. Prior to this position, Sue was the Program Director of the Family Support Programs at The Family Resource Center at Gorham for 11 years. (1.5 GALCEUs)
• Melissa Gallagher, Executive Director, The Grapevine Family and Community Resource Center
• Halen K. Gori, MSW, Home Visiting Manager, Community Action Partnership of Strafford County
• Aurelia Moran, Home Visiting Supervisor, Maternal and Child Health, DPHS, NHDHHS
• Susan Wydra, Early Head Start/Head Start Home Based Supervisor, Community Action Partnership of Strafford County
2E. Improve Your Capacity to Provide Quality Care and Services to All by Becoming a Culturally Effective Organization
Presented by: Trinidad Tellez, MD, Office of Health Equity, NH DHHS; Amy Parece-Grogan, M.Ed. Office of Health Equity, NH DHHS
Format: Presenter led
What are the implications for our services in an increasingly diverse NH? - meaning diversity in all its dimensions including: age, urban/rural, class, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, native or foreign-born, and physical and/or emotional abilities. Culturally effective organizations enable, cultivate, and support the delivery of high-quality care and services for all people. We will review disparities data and recognize that changes in policies and procedures are needed to improve equity in access, use and outcomes across social determinant of health domains. We will explore the elements of a culturally effective organization and discuss helpful strategies and resources for implementing them. Participants will explore enhancements to their organization's policies and procedures, and consider how to operationalize the various evidence-informed elements of a culturally effective organization for systems improvement resulting in enhanced care and services for all.
Dr. Trinidad Tellez, Director of the Office of Health Equity, is responsible for assuring equitable access to effective, quality DHHS programs and services across all populations. Dr. Tellez promotes the development of partnerships, initiatives and policies to reduce disparities and advance equity, and serves on numerous advisory committees and leadership bodies statewide, including the Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative Steering Committee. A graduate of Dartmouth Medical School, she trained at the UCSF-affiliated Salinas Family Medicine Residency program, and then completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship in health services research and health policy at the University of California Los Angeles.
Amy Parece-Grogan, MEd, is the Behavioral Health Cultural and Linguistic Competence Coordinator in the NH Office of Health Equity. She provides coaching/TA for organizational systems improvement to effectively serve diverse populations, including uniform data collection, identifying and addressing children’s behavioral health disparities, and organizational assessment. She is a member of the NH Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative Steering Committee, is a Master Trainer for Diversity & Cultural Competence, and facilitates the Behavioral Health Equity Work Group, a learning collaborative of partners from the children’s behavioral health and child-serving settings to improve equity in access and use of meaningful behavioral health services.
3A. Using Public Video Screenings to Gain Community Support for Your Mission
Presented by: Maggie Monroe-Cassel, Director, TLC Family Resource Center
Format: Film and presentation
In a world in which everything is digital and most marketing and information is presented via social media, it is amazing that many non-profits still use outdated means of engaging the community in their work. Fliers and posters still have their place but now is the time to engage people in new ways. This workshop will explore the use of video in getting your message out in a way that will have broad impact in your community. TLC Family Resource Center has collaborated with several local agencies and schools to present "Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope" to the public. The result: More people fully understand the mission of TLC and want to find a way to engage in that mission.
Maggie has been the director of TLC Family Resource Center since February 2015 following serving as director of Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Santa Fe, NM, and North Central Massachusetts. She served as a parish minister for 25 years in churches in New York State. Maggie lives with her husband, John, and three chickens in West Windsor, VT, a mile up the road from her daughter.
3B. Collection of Data and Its Translation Into Action
Presented by: Rebecca Woitkowski, Esq.; Jake Berry; Kristin Smith
As the Annie E. Casey Kids Count grantee for New Hampshire, New Futures undertakes data projects to ensure that New Hampshire-based data is collected and disseminated to lawmakers and the public in order to advance positive policies for Granite State children and families. This panel will look at a recent data project undertaken, on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in New Hampshire, discussing the collection and dissemination process, findings, and action taken as a result of the data brief. Further, we’ll discuss how to access other New Hampshire-specific data and some general ways in which children and family advocates can use that data to take action.
Rebecca Woitkowski serves as the Early Childhood Policy Coordinator for New Futures Kids Count. She coordinates and leads early childhood policy and advocacy efforts in New Hampshire. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Southern New Hampshire University and her Juris Doctor from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. As a life-long resident, Rebecca has a deep love for New Hampshire and enjoys using her legal skills to advance policy that positively impacts her home state. In her free time, Rebecca can be found exploring the White Mountains with her family and two dogs.
Jake Berry is the Vice President of Policy at New Futures. Jake manages the organization’s policy efforts, providing expertise and management in healthcare, substance use, and early childhood policy. As Granite State native, Jake attended Manchester public schools. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Sociology from Boston College and received a Master’s in Educational Studies from Southern New Hampshire University. He lives in Manchester with his wife, Anna; their twin boys, Evan and Jonah; and their dog, Clarence the Corgi.
Kristin Smith is a family demographer at the Carsey School of Public Policy and research associate professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. Her research interests focus on women’s labor force participation and work and family policy. She has a doctorate degree from the University of Maryland, a master of public health degree from Tulane University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont.
3C. Creating the Context for Healthy Children and Families through Norms Change and Programs: A New Hampshire Injury Prevention Perspective
Presented by Debra Samaha, Director Injury Prevention Center at CHaD
Format: Presenter led
This workshop will explore the steps to change social attitudes regarding safety and injury prevention. taken in New Hampshire. The approach involved utilizing evidence based strategies to change community norms and promote acceptable parenting behaviors.
Debra Samaha is the Program Manager for the Injury Prevention Center at CHaD. This Center works to prevent injury across the life span with a strong focus on children. Debra has worked for the Center for over 8 years, has been a registered nurse for over 39 years and received her Master’s in Public Health in 2013. Debra first became interested in child maltreatment in 2009 while reviewing trauma registry data for Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center’s Trauma Program. Debra helped form the NH Abusive Head Trauma Coalition and has worked on topics related to infant abuse and safe sleep since 2009.
3D. Embracing Trauma Informed Service
Panel Moderator: Linda Douglas, Trauma Specialist for NHCADSV
This presentation will feature agencies in NH that have sought to incorporate trauma informed principles into their service delivery. Panelists will include leaders from healthcare, family support and strengthening and law enforcement. They will discuss the successes and opportunities that have experienced as they learned about and incorporated these principles.
• Ken Gordon - Chief Executive Office of Coos County Family Health Services
• Jennifer Noyes - Project Manager for SAU 7, Office for Student Wellness
• Rachel Kradin - Program Specialist, Families First Health and Support Center
• Sergeant Peter Marr - Manchester Police Department
Linda Douglas is the Trauma Specialist for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence working to enhance the capacity of member programs of the coalition, and local communities, to address the effects of trauma and the complex needs of victims. She has provided training to crisis center staff on the issues of domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health over the past eight years using trauma informed materials. She has expanded her expertise to understanding the effects of trauma and domestic violence on children. Linda has also been providing training to DCYF and other agencies throughout NH. She will moderate the panel. (1.5 GAL CEUs)
3E. My Voice Matters
Presented by: Julie Day, Strengthening Families Director, NH Children’s Trust
The My Voice Matters program is a statewide parent advocacy/public relations campaign. My Voice Matters provides the opportunity for families, and child and family service providers to learn how to raise their voices in the following domains to improve the health and well-being outcomes for children and our state: healthcare, workplace, education, and civic. When family members act to influence the programs, policies and practices that shape their children’s lives, the effects can be long-lasting. Their leadership can touch the lives of others in their communities and beyond.
Julie Day holds a BS in Human Services. She is credentialed as a NH Early Childhood Professional: Allied Professional, and is a certified trainer of “Bringing the Protective Factors to Life in Your Work” a training in the Strengthening Families Framework. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health. Julie Day has been the Strengthening Families Director at the NH Children’s Trust for 10 years. In that time she has worked closely with Head Start, is a member of the Office of Student Wellness statewide Collaboration Team, Chair of the Family Engagement Taskforce for Spark NH, member of Smart Start and more. She works hard to get the family voice to the table.