to Jun 30

Overwhelming Moments (Part II) with Cyndi McKinley


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A forum of intervention techniques and strategies for challenging situations involving individuals with Autism and Mental Health Issues

This training will serve as a follow up to the Overwhelming Moments training that Cyndy McKinley provided in Spring 2018.  Overwhelming Moments (Part II) will provide more in-depth training in intervention techniques for specific challenging situations while supporting individuals with Autism and Mental Health issues.  Such as:

·         Motivation and engagement. What can staff/providers say or do to alleviate fears and foster participation?

·         Perseveration that gets in the way of an individual participating in a group environment.

·         Dysregulation in public situations – at the restaurant, store, etc.

·         Individuals who leave the site, especially when out in the community at a group event.

·         Inappropriate sexual behavior… as well as appropriate dating tactics – not staring at someone or continuing to ask for dates after receiving a “no” response.

·         Working with families.

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10:00 AM10:00

Understanding, Managing, and Treating the Complex Puzzle of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Those With Developmental Disabilities


Dr Barry Walsh will present

One of the most challenging problems for clinicians and other professionals is dealing effectively with non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). This presentation will focus on understanding, managing and treating diverse forms of self-injury including arm and body cutting, self-inflicted burning, head-banging, and excoriation of wounds. Other more serious examples such as NSSI requiring medical attention (e.g. sutures) and foreign body ingestion will also be reviewed.

Self-injury will be distinguished from suicidal behavior in terms of a number of key characteristics, but will also be discussed as a risk factor for suicide attempts. The topic of social contagion of self-injury will also be addressed.

Barent Walsh, Ph.D. has written extensively and presented internationally on the topic of self-destructive behavior. He is the author of Treating Self-Injury: A Practical Guide 2nd edition, Guilford Press, (2014). This volume has been translated into Polish and Japanese. In addition, Dr. Walsh is co-developer (with Screening for Mental Health of Wellesley, MA) of “Act to Prevent Self-Injury,” a prevention program with DVD for high schools. Dr. Walsh has presented on self-injury in London, Edinburg, Vienna, Stuttgart, Ulm, Oslo, Dubai, Tokyo, Beijing, Montevideo, Mexico City, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, and throughout the United States.



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Ch-ch-changing: So easy, yet so challenging


"Ch-ch-changing: So easy, yet so challenging"

Presented by Charity Bell

Understanding the ways in which the brain and body resist change and creating new strategies for supporting growth!

In this fun and interactive learning event, we will look at some of why 80% of gym memberships never get used, why changing even "non-addictive" behaviors is so hard, and how we can be more honest with ourselves and our clients and overcome some of the biggest barriers to change.

We will look at:

-why even "good" changes are hard to make

-how adults sabotage themselves

-why examining failure from a place of compassion/self-compassion is essential to long term success

Charity Bell has been recognized as an “Everyday Hero” by Brian Williams of NBC and featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine for her work with more than 150 foster children in Massachusetts, and now in new Hampshire.  After her mothers’ early death, Charity applied to the Peace Corps, and spent 18 months in a remote West African village as the only English speaker within 15 miles. She worked primarily with women and infants and delivered more than 60 babies as a lay midwife. She returned and spent time as the Founding Director of an arts/youth development foundation, as Director of Training for a large child welfare organization, and she also began her life as a foster parent. She has worked mainly with drug addicted newborns, going so far as to take them with her as she pursued a graduate degree at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  After working as Director of Training for Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, She is now the Director of Learning and Development at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, NE.

She has spent the past 13 years researching and implementing mindfulness and positivity in environments ranging from after-school programs to schools to government agencies. She is an engaging and inspiring speaker, bringing laughter to the important messages that audience members have called "transforming" and "utterly on-point".

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Understanding and Working with Hoarding Disorder: Helping the Person Behind the Diagnosis


Understanding and Working with Hoarding Disorder: Helping the Person Behind the Diagnosis by Eileen Dacy

Eileen Dacey is our new Clinical Hoarding Specialist. Although new to this role, Eileen had previously been involved as a graduate level intern for ten months in the Hoarding & Cluttering program at North Shore Elder Services (NSES).  She also volunteered for the program during the summer of 2016.  This past May, Eileen graduated from Simmons College with her Masters of Social Work.

After completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of North Florida, Eileen moved to Massachusetts where she worked as a case manager for another Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) agency. Eileen encountered many situations that involved cluttering.  She felt overwhelmed with not knowing how to address the issue with clients.

Wanting to understand more about hoarding, Eileen attended the first Hoarding Conference run by NSCHC. There she met Marnie Matthews, NSES’ Clinical Hoarding Specialist and engaged in conversation with Marnie.  That meeting struck a chord with Eileen.  Once accepted into the Master’s program at Simmons, it was the motivation behind Eileen wanting to do an internship at NSES.  At the time, NSES was not affiliated with the social work program at Simmons.  Eileen successfully worked out the details and an internship was born.

That internship solidified Eileen’s interest in the field. She had found her calling.  Specializing in mental health and addiction was a good match for the hoarding program.

Eileen shared some exciting news recently. The Hoarding program will be billing Medicare for those eligible to participate in group sessions and individual counseling services offered through the program.  This will allow the program to be more accessible.  Eileen’s long-range goal is to expand the program and down the road be able to bill other secondary insurances.

We interviewed Eileen to find out more about the Hoarding & Cluttering program at NSES.

  • Can you explain what hoarding is?

“It is important to understand that hoarding is NOT about the stuff. It is a progressive and chronic condition. We do not know what causes hoarding disorder.  As of 2014, hoarding disorder is categorized as its own distinct mental health disorder. Those with the disorder commonly have one or more co-occurring psychiatric conditions, like depression, ADHD, Anxiety, and OCD.”

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Conflict Resolution and Creating a Blame-Free & Gossip-Free Environment

Hi Val,
I wanted to share how great today’s training was. Gerri was one of the best presenters I’ve seen.
She should be a part of our employee orientation. Incredible
— Shannon Hubley, SE ASD Coordinator (1/15/2019)

Gerri King, Ph.D., is author of numerous articles and "The Duh! Book of Management and Supervision: Dispelling Common Leadership Myths." In addition to training and consulting, Gerri delivers keynotes and presentations at conferences throughout the US for a variety of professionals.

This versatile, high-performance professional speaker and educator, is unique in her ability to combine hard-hitting information with extraordinary humor and common sense.

Gerri is comfortable with 10 or 1,000 people. Her warm, engaging style - and thorough understanding of human behavior -results in her being a consummate speaker with a powerful message.

Examples of just some of the Keynote topics that can be combined and easily tailored to your specific audience:

  • The Duh! Approach To Management & Supervision

  • Facilitating Generational and Stylistic Differences

  • Building High Performance Teams

  • Managing Change Amidst Chaos

  • Creative Conflict Resolution

  • Effective Communication

  • Success Avoidance or Success Sabotage

  • Presentation Skills

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to Apr 2

ASD Inter-agency Summit in Western and Central Mass

Inter-agency Collaboration Summit for DDS Autism Population without ID 


Join us for a half-day of networking and informative discussion regarding agency processes for work with this population.

 Presentations include DDS, DMH, DPH, MRC and DCF representatives sharing agency initiatives and strategies to create Bridges to Independence.  Guest speakers will share their stories and dreams.

8:30 am to 9:00 am:  Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 am to 1:30 pm:  Presentations and Networking (lunch will be provided).   

Who Should Attend:  DDS, DMH, DPH, MRC and DFC Service Coordinators, Case Managers, Supervisors, and Local Area/Site Office Staff.

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Understanding Substance Use Disorders
10:00 AM10:00

Understanding Substance Use Disorders

Understanding Substance Use Disorders

Addiction and substance use have increasingly become an issue for individuals supported by DDS and provider agencies. This training is developed as an overview of addiction and substance use disorders, including:

What is addiction?

How can you help someone with a substance use disorder?

Overview of Motivational Interviewing

Interventions that can help prevent relapse

When: Friday, March 22, 2019 (Snow date: March 29th)

10 AM – 1PM

Where: DDS Northeast Region- Danvers

Hogan Auditorium

With GPS: Enter 30 Middleton Street or Road (depending on your device) Danvers, MA

You are looking for the Recreation Building and parking lot. This is the large flat parking lot.

Walk up the paved path that leads to the third set of double doors

What are some treatment options for someone struggling with a substance use disorder?

Trainer: Steve Chisholm, MA

Steve M. Chisholm, MA, is Professor and Program Coordinator of North Shore Community College's drug and alcohol programs. Prior to teaching full-time, he served as Clinical Director for Lahey Health Behavioral Services.  Steve’s teaching is enriched by decades of experience working in various clinical, management, and educational roles in the field of addiction and prevention. He also currently serves as a Visiting Senior Instructor with Salem State University’s Graduate School of Psychology.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in a basic overview of substance use disorders- DDS Service Coordinators and Supervisors, Provider Agency Staff and Supervisors

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10:00 AM10:00

Social Media and Cyber-Bullying

Social Media and Cyber-Bullying by Elizabeth Englander


My name is Dr. Elizabeth Kandel Englander, and I am a professor of Psychology and the founder and Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University, a Center which delivers programs, resources, and research for the state of Massachusetts and nationwide. I am a nationally recognized researcher and expert in the area of bullying and cyberbullying, childhood causes of aggression and abuse, and children’s use of technology. I was named Most Valuable Educator of 2013 by the Boston Red Sox because of my work in technological aggression and how it interacts with peer abusiveness in general. In 2018, I was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Council.


I was a Nominee for the 2015 National Crime Victims’ Service Award and am the Chair of the Cyberbullying Workgroup for the Institute of Child Development and Digital Media, collaborating with the National Academy of Sciences' Sackler Colloquium. Each year I trains and supervise graduate and undergraduate students and collaborate with multiple agencies around the State of Massachusetts and across the nation. MARC provides programs to hundreds of schools each year, and I personally train teachers, help educate parents, and speak publicly at dozens of schools, universities, and conferences nationwide and internationally.

I write for both academic audiences and for the public. I was the Special Editor for the Cyberbullying issues of theJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry-CONNECT and the Journal of Social Sciences, and I've authored more than a hundred articles in academic journals and books. I am the author ofUnderstanding Violence, a standard academic text in the field of child development and violent criminal behavior, and of Bullying and Cyberbullying: A Guide for Educators, published by Harvard Education Press. I have also written a variety of research-based curricula and educational handouts for communities and professionals. Reflecting my interest in educating laypeople, I have answered questions in a column for the New York Times (online edition), and I write the column Bullying Bulletin Board, which is syndicated by Gatehouse Media in hundreds of newspapers nationwide.

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PBS and Trauma Informed Care

PBS and Trauma Informed Care presented by Joan Gilice

Dr. Gillece uses a broad range of unique and innovative strategies, including educational and culturally sensitive trauma-informed initiatives, to promote health communities.  This program will address historical trauma in our communities and identify strategies that work to address the importance of understanding.

Dr. Gillece has thirty years of experience working in the behavioral health field with seventeen dedicated to trauma and seven in prevention of seclusion and restraint. Working across agencies, Dr. Gillece promotes the use of trauma informed care in multiple settings including mental health, substance abuse and juvenile justice and homeless services. Prior to joining the national Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) ten years ago, Dr. Gillece served as Director of Special Populations for Maryland’s Mental Hygiene Administration, where her responsibilities included all aspects of state mental health planning and delivery of services, as well as development of collaboration across agencies serving individuals with psychiatric diagnosis. As project director for SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC), Dr. Gillece has championed the cause of full consumer integration and development of culturally competent programs. Utilizing survivors in all aspects of trauma work, Dr. Gillece has coordinated technical assistance, conference presentations, and consultations with experts in the field. Commitment to strength based support by implementing trauma informed values with the overreaching theme of recovery has been her focus.



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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Ready to Drive? Supporting individuals with ASD on the big question.
10:00 AM10:00

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Ready to Drive? Supporting individuals with ASD on the big question.


  The 2019 DDS Speakers Series presents:

ASD: Ready to Drive? 

Supporting Individuals with ASD on the Big Question

with Dr. Miriam Monahan


The audience will be introduced to driving behavior models to illustrate driving performance challenges that may be associated with ASD and common comorbidities.

Miriam Monahan strongly believes that community mobility enables vocational, academic and social opportunities and thereby creates social capital. Dr. Monahan OTR/L, is a Driving School Instructor and Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS). She has been practicing in the field of driving rehabilitation since 1998, and is recognized for her clinical and behind- the-wheel evaluation and intervention skills. She is founder of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Driver Rehabilitation Institute and driving app company, Drive Fit. She has served as consultant on numerous federal projects, and lectures extensively on topics related to driver rehabilitation and community mobility. Dr. Monahan is recognized for program development in driving and community mobility for teens with special needs and has (co)authored numerous publications in this area.

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