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9th Annual Summit: The Prevention Connection

April 21, 2020  |  8:30–4:45

Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave, Concord, NH 03301

Registration Fees: Early-bird: $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 ninth 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.

New Hampshire Children’s Trust 9th annual Strengthening Families Summit will examine successful strategies to grow protective factors at the individual, family, and community levels.  Please join Child Abuse Prevention Expert Pat Stanislaski and Family Programs Excellence for Children Award winner Corey Best, as well as hundreds of parent leaders and professionals in policy making, family support, early care and education in a day of discovery to strengthen policies, culture, and behaviors that promote family health and well-being.

Summit Objectives


Explore strategies and approaches representing various levels of the social ecology and examine how these create the context for healthy children, strong families and supportive communities.  


Highlight NH efforts that exemplify innovative strategies and approaches.


Explore social norms change regarding accessing community resources. 


Recharge and recommit to this critical work.


SAMPLE Schedule Overview

Registration & Networking

8:00 – 8:30

Welcoming Remarks

8:30 – 9:00

Occurrence of ACEs  in New Hampshire

9:00 – 9:15

Keynote by Pat Stanislaski

9:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 10:45

Workshop Session 1

10:45 – 12:15

Lunch & Resource Tables

12:15 – 1:15

Workshop  Session 2

1:15 – 2:45


2:45 – 3:00

Plenary with Corey Best

3:00 – 4:30

Complete Summit Evaluations

4:30 – 4:45

SAMPLE Continuing

Education Units

This program has been approved for:

  • Social Workers: 6 Category 1 continuing education credits by the National Association of Social Workers, NH Chapter. CEU #3512

  • Family Mediators: 6 Family Dynamics continuing education units by NH Family Mediator Certification Board

  • Guardians ad Litem: All but 2 workshops have been approved by the Board of Guardians ad Litem (noted below in the workshop descriptions)—total of 6 continuing education units possible

  • LADAC, MLADAC, CRSW: 6 Continuing education units by the NH Board of Alcohol and other Drug Use Professionals

  • Certified Prevention Specialists: 6 Continuing education hours in the following domains: #2-Prevention Education & Service Delivery; #4-Community Organization; #5-Public Policy & Environmental Change; #6-Professional Growth & Responsibility

  • LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: #5

  • CRSW Performance Domains: #4

​This program qualifies for:

  • Early Care and Education: 6 Professional development hours

  • Nurses: Contact hours for nurses in related fields


All attendees receive a certificate of attendance with hours of education detailed. This may meet the professional development requirement of other professionals.


Meet Our Keynote Speaker:

Pat Stanislaski

Pat's experience in child abuse and neglect spans a 30 year period.  Most recently, she served as the Administrator for the Office of Early Childhood Services, in the NJ Department of Children & Families.  Her duties included providing statewide prevention services for the most vulnerable children – 0 to 6 years old.   Prior to this position, Pat served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project for 23 years.  She also served as Executive Director of the National/International Center for Assault Prevention for 12 years.    Pat has conducted trainings in child abuse prevention across the United States and in 16 countries outside the U.S.  To date, she has trained more than 5,000 people in child abuse prevention strategies.

Pat is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, state and local seminars and has also presented several webinars on child abuse prevention.  She is the recipient of several awards including the prestigious Commissioner’s Award from the US Department of Health & Human Services, Administration of Children, Youth and Families, awarded each year to one person from each state who has made outstanding contributions in the field of child abuse prevention.   A long time member of the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), she has served as a member of their Expert Faculty.  In addition, she has served as an active member and Membership Chair of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.

SAMPLE Presentations

for All Attendees

9:00 – 10:30

Occurences of ACEs in New Hampshire: The Data and Its Implications

Presented by: Laura Milliken, Director Spark NH and Patricia Tilley, Deputy Director of the Division of Public Health Services, NH Department of Health and Human Services

Keynote Address—HOPE: New Insights into the Role of Positive Experiences on Child and Family Development

Presented by: Robert Sege, MD, PhD, Director Center for Community Engaged Medicine, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts University School of Medicine

Workshop Session 1

10:45 – 12:15


1A. Integrating HOPE into Practice

Presented by: Dr. Robert Sege, MD, PhD, and Dr. J. Bart Klika, MSW, PhD

Format: Presenter-led

1B. Adoption’s Impact on Children’s Sensory Processing and Executive Functioning

Presented by: Barbara Neiman, BS, Health Discovery

Format: Presenter-led

1C. Forever Hope: A Two-Generation Approach with Families Affected by Substance-Use Disorder

Presented by: Karen Welford, MPAff, Forever Hope Training Center, and Michelle Lennon, Forever Hope Training Center
Format: Presenter-led

1D. Human Trafficking 101—Having a Collective Impact

Presented by: Joelyn, Drennan, MFA, Sr. Intensive Case Manager for the New Hampshire Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force, and Donna Plourde, Executive Director of Real Life Giving
Format: Presenter-led

1E. Developing Resilient Children via Supportive Families & School Environments

Presented by: Drs. William & Monica Nicoll, Resilience Counseling & Training Center
Format: Presenter-led

Workshop Session 2

1:15 – 2:45

2A. “Your Money, Your Goals” Talking Finances with the Families You Serve

Presented by: Cary Gladstone, MS, Granite United Way
Format: Presenter-led

2B. Supporting New Hampshire GrandFamilies

Presented by: MaryLou Beaver, Chair, GrandFamilies Advisory Council, Rochester, Wendy Hill, Parent Educator/ Early Home Support Program Supervisor, and Carol Lunan, The Grapevine Family and Community Resource Center
Format: Presenter-led with panel

2C. Changing Social Norms to Support Positive Parenting

Presented by: J. Bart Klika, MSW, PHD
Format: Presenter-led

2D. Home Visiting: A Way to Support and Strengthen HOPE

Presented by: Aurelia Moran, M.Ed., State of New Hampshire, Maternal and Child Health Section
Format: Presenter-led

2E. Using Yoga and Mindfulness to Build Connection and Resilience in Families

Presented by: Rochelle Jewell, ChildLight Yoga/Yoga 4 Classrooms
Format: Presenter-led

Workshop Session 3

3:00 – 4:30

3A. Considering A Resiliency Network for New Hampshire

Presented by: Moira O’Neill, Office of the Child Advocate, and Representative Joelle Martin
Format: Presenter-led

3B. Building Trust in Children and Families Outside of the Clinical Office

Presented by: Harvey Feldman and Sarah Ausman, Spaulding Youth Center
Format: Panel

3C. Supporting Authentic Family Voice in NH

Presented by Kelly Untiet, NH Department of Education, and Mary Lane, NH Department of Education
Format: Presenter-led

3D. Building Resilience in Children Impacted by Parental Incarceration

Presented by: Tiffani Arsenault, MS, Family Connections Center, New Hampshire Department of Corrections
Format: Presenter-led

3E. From Childhood to Super Hero: Helping Kids Find Their Cape

Presented by: Linda Douglas, M.Ed., NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Format: Presenter-led

Thank You to Our Sponsors!


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