Engaging and Working with the Hard to Reach Client

Join us on November 11th as Dr. Lawrence Shulman, Ed.D, MSW, examines the dynamics and skills of engaging and working with hard-to-reach individuals, families, and groups. Register today!

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Event calendar

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  • 8:15 am-3:00 pm

    245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, NH 03104, USA

    245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, NH 03104, USA

    The conference will focus on practices, technologies, and innovations that affect the education of deaf and hard of hearing children and emphasize how these are changing and can improve outcomes for children. Speakers will cover the impact of identification of reduced hearing sensitivity among infants who are born Deaf or Hard of Hearing, implications for implementation of effective supports and services early in the lives of infants and toddlers and their families, longer term impact of early identification and early intervention, trends evident since cochlear implantation has become the widely accepted standard of care in the medical field, guidelines available to school-teams for addressing communication access needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, and strategies and technologies that professionals can apply to ensure increased student access to instruction and meaningful participation in school settings. Home and community environments differ from school environments. The presenters will also address the impact of reduced hearing sensitivity on listening in the home, challenges Deaf and Hard of Hearing children face in navigating socially, and strategies and devices that help optimize communication access in home and community settings. The day-long course will include lecture-style presentations and the opportunity for interactive question and answer dialogue.

    *N.H. D.O.E. Certificates for Professional Development and RID CEUs will be available.*

    Click here to register

    Registration Fee: $85 (includes lunch)

    *Your registration will not be complete until we have received payment.
    *The registration cost for parents of current New Hampshire students will be waived.
    *Registration deadline is September 30th, 2016.

  • 8:30 am-11:30 am

    69 Route 101A, Amherst, NH, United States

    69 Route 101A, Amherst, NH, United States

    In recent years mindfulness has been incorporated into almost all schools of psychotherapy as a means of alleviating suffering. But mindfulness is far more than a series of useful techniques. It is first and foremost a practice. To be most effective, mindfulness-based treatment approaches require the practitioner to cultivate their own meditation practice. This is best accomplished through the development of “sangha,” the ancient word for community. The aim of this practicum is to help therapists come together in sangha to support a regular, sustainable meditation practice, to explore the impact of mindfulness practice on presence and attention in the therapy hour, and provide a safe arena for consultation and case presentation. In addition, an important aim of this practicum is to explore various ways in which Buddhism and mindfulness are evolving as they are assimilated into psychodynamic, behavioral, and cognitive behavioral theory in the West. This is primarily an experiential and clinical group, although readings will be offered and suggested.

    Each session will begin with a guided meditation, followed by a check-in and a discussion of clinical material and/or relevant readings. Participants will be paired with other group participants on a rotating basis in order to facilitate between session discussions of readings and to support meditation practice. The group will be limited to ten individuals.

    This course is suitable for beginning and intermediate practitioners. Some familiarity and experience with mindfulness and meditation is desirable. If you would like to discuss your readiness for this group please contact the facilitator.

    Dates and Time:
    Fridays, October 7, November 4, December 2, 2016. January 6, 2017 February 10*, March 3, April 7, and May 12, 2017. A day-long retreat will be held on Saturday April 15. We will meet from 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. To receive continuing education credit, you must attend all sessions. A make-up class will be held on Friday May 5.

    Office of Dr. Delia Kostner 69 Route 101a Amherst, New Hampshire 03031 (603) 672-3839

    Course Objectives:
    1) Participants will develop a sustainable meditation practice.

    2) Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the early Buddhist teachings as they pertain to mindfulness practice in psychotherapy.

    3) Participants will be able to identify and apply key concepts in mindfulness and psychotherapy.

    4) Participants will recognize ways in which mindfulness impacts and enhances the therapy relationship.

    5) Participants will discuss and apply the concept of “sila”, or ethics, as it pertains to the ethical

    practice of psychotherapy.

    The fee for this seminar is $600, $575 if registered and paid before Sept. 1. A deposit of $200 is due by September 1. Full payment is due at the time of the first meeting. All cancelations before September 15 will be completely refunded minus a $25.00 processing fee. There will be no refund after commencement of the practicum. There is a $20.00 fee for CE certificate following course completion.

    Continuing Education:
    24 hours of credit will be awarded for full completion of this program. This program is co-sponsored by F. Delia Kostner, Ph.D. and New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA). NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. These credits are accepted by the State Board of Mental Health Practice (BMHP) and the State Board of Psychologists (BOP) for all NH licensees. NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. If you are not licensed by the NH BMHP or NH BOP, please check with your licensing agency to see whether these credits apply toward your licensure.

    Psychologists: 24 hours of credit are offered for psychologists. This program is co-sponsored by F. Delia Kostner, Ph.D. and New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA). NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Please check with your licensing agency to see whether these credits apply toward your licensure.

    Delia Kostner, Ph.D. is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Amherst,
    New Hampshire. She completed psychoanalytic training at the Pine Psychoanalytic Institute where she served as a faculty member for nine years. She is currently a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and a member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. A serious student of Buddhism, she completed the Intensive Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and is a trained Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher. She is founder and facilitator of the Souhegan Valley Insight Meditation Group. Dr. Kostner has written and spoken widely on the interface of psychotherapy and Buddhism.

    “First and foremost, the program vastly deepened my knowledge and understanding of mindfulness and Buddhist concepts associated with this practice……….I found myself excited, even passionate about delving more deeply into the material.” M.F. 2016 practicum participant.

    Contact and Registration:
    To register: contact Dr. Kostner at w: (603) 672-3839 , c: (603) 801-6261, or email deliakostner@gmail.com, or click here to visit website

    We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time.
    –from T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding”

  • 9:00 am-11:00 am

    4 Chenell Drive, Suite 103, Concord, NH 03301, USA

    4 Chenell Drive, Suite 103, Concord, NH 03301, USA

    No additional detail for this event.

  • 9:00 am-3:00 pm

    University of New Hampshire at Manchester, Commercial Street, Manchester, NH, United States

    University of New Hampshire at Manchester, Commercial Street, Manchester, NH, United States

    Approved by NASW, NH Chapter, for 6 Cat. 1 CE Credits, Auth. #2557

    Coaching is a relatively new concept referred to in a variety of ways such as Life Coaching, ADHD Coaching, and Professional/Career Coaching. Principles of coaching are evolving, and various writers and practitioners have begun to elaborate guidelines and strategies for the understanding and practice of coaching. This seminar will focus on coaching children and teens. Some basic fundamental aspects of coaching this age group will be discussed, and emphasis will be on coaching to find their unique strengths and power. The relationship between coaching and child/adolescent empowerment throughout development will be examined, with the goal of maximizing critical periods in cognitive and emotional growth. A variety of coaching exercises are built into the seminar to provide you with practical skills.

    Instructors: Anita Remig

    (This is part of the Coaching Children and Teens and the Coaching Children and Teens with ADHD Certificate Programs, but you do not need to enroll in the programs to take this workshop.)

    Accrediting Associations
    NASW NH Chapter Approval Number 2557 6.0 Category 1 CE Credits
    Cost: $189 (lunch included)

    Register today!

  • 8:30 am-4:00 pm

    Crowne Plaza Nashua, Somerset Parkway, Nashua, NH, United States

    Crowne Plaza Nashua, Somerset Parkway, Nashua, NH, United States

    When families arrive in the therapy room, they present with a variety of dysfunctional interactional patterns that have evolved over time and have become entrenched. These patterns began as strategies to protect each member from the pain of unmet attachment needs. By zeroing in on the underlying attachment needs, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) offers a powerful, step-by-step process for transformational change. Learn how to help family members work through relational distress and past injuries to create new relational patterns for achieving deeper bonds and greater felt security. Whether you work with individuals, couples, or families, this training will show you how to create enactments in the consulting room that will deepen the impact of your work.
    In this workshop, we’ll:
    – Learn how to use the techniques and theoretical underpinning of EFFT to understand a family’s emotional dynamics, access attachment issues, and create new patterns of emotional healing.
    – Recognize how protection patterns keep individuals from opening themselves to their vulnerability which blocks the families natural ability to repair
    – Become familiar with the three-stage EFFT treatment process for achieving deeper connection, including how to create alliances with different family members, manage change events that access underlying vulnerabilities, and model.

    George Faller, LMFT, is the founder and president of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. He teaches at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and is the director of training at the Center for Hope and Renewal. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New York and Connecticut, an Approved Supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a retired Lieutenant of the NYC Fire Department. As an EFT Trainer, George teaches several classes at the Ackerman Institute for the Family (the oldest family institute in the United States) in NYC, is a board member of the Porter Cason Institute for the Family at Tulane University in New Orleans and is the director of training at the Center for Hope and Renewal in Greenwich, Connecticut. Specializing in trauma, Family EFT, and self-of-the -therapist issues, George is committed to bringing EFT to underprivileged populations and pushing the leading edge of effective therapy. George hopes his new book Sacred Stress contributes to the EFT movement of making our world a more secure place.

    Click here to register.

  • 9:00 am-11:00 am

    4 Chenell Drive, Suite 103, Concord, NH 03301, USA

    4 Chenell Drive, Suite 103, Concord, NH 03301, USA

    No additional detail for this event.

  • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

    4 Chenell Drive, Suite 103, Concord, NH 03301, USA

    4 Chenell Drive, Suite 103, Concord, NH 03301, USA

    This committee links social workers interested in issues pertinent to our aging population. Our aim is to address the improvement of social work practice with this population, as well as to advocate for pertinent legislation, and to promote aging issues, programs, and technologies. In our efforts we coordinate with existing coalitions on aging and local groups of like interest. This committee will be starting in the fall.

  • 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

    4 Chenell Drive, Suite 103, Concord, NH 03301, USA

    4 Chenell Drive, Suite 103, Concord, NH 03301, USA

    Have a few minutes every now and then to speak your mind!!? That’s all it will take to become an active member of the New Hampshire Chapter of NASW’s Social & Legislative Action Committee (SLAC). The Committee’s aim is to develop an annual legislative agenda and to publicize and involve members in the promotion and awareness of the Chapter’s activities.

    SLAC encourages you to advocate for key issues of concern to New Hampshire social workers by lobbying state legislators. NH-NASW will provide it’s members with periodical email alerts with information provided by SLAC, including:

    information about pending legislation
    email, postal addresses, and phone numbers for relevant legislators
    sample “cut and paste” texts or statements for your convenience in lobbying.
    PLEASE FEEL FREE TO JOIN US in this opportunity to take social action and make a change. We always welcome new members! To find out more about the committee, please contact Lynn Stanley, Executive Director, at (603) 226-7135 or by email at naswnh@worldpath.net.

  • 8:30 am-4:00 pm

    Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center, Deer Street, Portsmouth, NH, United States

    Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center, Deer Street, Portsmouth, NH, United States

    17th Erik Cogswell Memorial Conference

    Breaking Barriers: Developments in Treatment and Supports

    for Bipolar Disorder and Other Mental Illnesses

    presented by Seacoast Mental Health Center

    October 21, 2016

    8:30AM- 4PM

    Harbor Events Center

    100 Deer Street at 22 Portwalk

    Portsmouth, NH

    For more information:www.smhc-nh.org

    Keynote Speaker: Kevin Hines

    Kevin Hines has reached millions with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four (less than 1%) to survive the fall and he is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy internationally.
    Mr. Hines was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health. Kevin is also SAMSHA Voice Awards Fellow and a US Veterans Affairs Achievement Winner. He sits on the boards of The International Bipolar Foundation, The Bridge Rail Foundation, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s Consumer Survivors Sub-Committee and The Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF).

  • 9:00 am-3:30 pm

    119 International Drive, Portsmouth, NH, United States

    119 International Drive, Portsmouth, NH, United States

    Approved by NASW, NH Chapter, for 6 Cat. 1 CE Credits, Auth. #2558

    Building a coaching practice involves practical arrangements of time, place and context. This is a “how-to” seminar where the techniques of coaching will be placed within the context of a coaching practice. You’ll look at specific strategies and techniques such as: listening, goal-setting, opening, expanding and focusing discourse, questioning techniques, transfer of training, relapse prevention, consultation and termination. You’ll review record-keeping systems and forms such as coaching information sheets, parental consent, and session notes. You’ll discuss assessment of child and parent needs, goal-setting and re-setting, and making and remaking agreements for how to work together. Ethical issues will also be addressed. (This is part of the Coaching Children and Teens and the Coaching Children and Teens with ADHD Certificate Programs, but you do not need to enroll in the programs to take this workshop.)

    Instructor: Anita Remig

    Tuition: $189 (lunch included)

    Accrediting Associations
    NASW NH Chapter Approval Number 2558 6.0 Category 1 CE Credits

    Register today!

  • 9:05 am-3:30 pm

    119 International Drive, Portsmouth, NH, United States

    119 International Drive, Portsmouth, NH, United States

    The recent increase in heroin-related deaths and marijuana use highlights the need to revisit substance abuse prevention and treatment among adolescents. Risk taking, such as experimenting with alcohol and other drugs, is ingrained in the teen brain. While the teen brain is still developing, it is more vulnerable to the harmful effects of substance abuse. Some teens are at even greater risk because of genetics, family history, trauma, and mental health or behavioral problems. This workshop will explore the scientific territory of addiction and the importance and challenges of prevention. You will also learn how to identify signs and symptoms of abuse. Relevant issues relating to the recent increase in opiate use will be discussed.

    Instructor: Mike Hague

    Cost: $159 (lunch included)

    Register today!

  • 9:00 am-11:00 am

    4 Chenell Drive, Suite 103, Concord, NH 03301, USA

    4 Chenell Drive, Suite 103, Concord, NH 03301, USA

    No additional detail for this event.

  • 9:00 am-4:00 pm

    104 Grand Summit Drive, Bartlett, NH 03812 USA

    104 Grand Summit Drive, Bartlett, NH 03812 USA

    October 27, 2016 – 9:00am to October 28, 2016 – 4:00pm
    Grand Summit Resort & Conference Center, Bartlett, NH

    The NH Behavioral Health Conference is an essential tool in the development of a qualified and integrated workforce for alcohol & drug services in New Hampshire. The theme for this year’s conference is “Integration & Capacity Building for a Healthy New Hampshire.”

    Conference Includes:

    Pre-conference and 1 & 1/2 days of workshops
    Three State-Wide Public Meetings
    Over 25 workshops – 90 minute & 3 hour sessions
    Up to 11 continuing education hours available
    Target Audience:

    AOD Professionals, social workers & mental health counselors; primary care; prevention professionals; community coalition members & community based organizations; recovery support providers; case managers; health & human service professionals; health care professionals; students; people in recovery.

    Conference Objectives:

    Provide educational opportunities that help participants understand the changing substance use, mental health, & primary health care landscape;
    Provide opportunities to address priority workforce development needs such as supporting the Governor’s Commission recommendations for LCMHC/LICSW core competencies and increasing the number of MLADCs in New Hampshire;
    Provide educational opportunities that encourage expansion of the workforce relative to health promotion, prevention, early identification & intervention, treatment & recovery supports;
    Provide educational and skill development opportunities focused on helping those providing substance use, mental health, and primary health care services meet licensure needs;
    Provide opportunities that increase familiarity of the various disciplines and systems in order to promote collaboration and enhance care coordination; and

    Celebrate our changing and growing workforce!

    $ 65.00 Student Registration

    $115.00 Early Bird Registration by August 31, 2016

    $150.00 Standard Registration, on or after September 1, 2016
    Price includes continental breakfast Thursday & Friday, and lunch on Thursday. Keynote speaker dinner Thursday is an additional $40.00.

    Lodging Information: The Attitash Grand Summit Hotel is offering a conference rate of $99.00 to $139.00 (Suite), single or double, to conference participants choosing to stay overnight. The rooms blocked is limited and reservations must be made by Sept. 26, 2016. Call 888.554.1900 and mention the NH Behavioral Health Conference to receive conference rate.

    Exhibitor / Sponsor opportunities are available. Please contact Kiri Stroh at 603.225.9540 X 111 or kiri@nhproviders.org

    Register here today!

    Questions? Contact: NH Providers Association 603-225-9540 ext. 113, NH Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association 603-225-7060 or visit the website

    Interested in exhibiting at or sponsoring the event? Contact: Kiri Stroh 603-225-9540 ext. 111 or kiri@nhproviders.org

  • 8:30 am-3:45 pm

    Grappone Conference Center, Constitution Avenue, Concord, NH, United States

    Grappone Conference Center, Constitution Avenue, Concord, NH, United States

    According to a study released in 2016 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, an estimated 5 percent of NH’s children are experiencing parental incarceration. Currently, there are 271,400 children in NH, which means that 13,570 kids are living a shared sentence with an imprisoned family member.
    Child and Family Services and the Family Connections Center present COUNTING THE DAYS, a special 1-day conference to focus on the unique needs of children of incarcerated parents. This conference will be especially important for child and family therapists, law enforcement officials, educators, school guidance counselors, social workers, juvenile service professionals, corrections officers, child welfare workers, legislators, mental health professionals, child advocates, CASA volunteers, youth mentors, judicial/court personnel, and others.

    Keynote speaker/facilitator:

    Ann Adalist-Estrin, director of the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University Camden, New Jersey, where she also teaches in the department of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice. Ann is an author, speaker and consultant to a wide variety of agencies serving children and families in the U.S. and abroad. Ann is also a child and family therapist in Jenkintown, PA and a trainer for the Healthy Steps for Young Children Pediatric Training Program at Boston University School of Medicine. In 2013, she was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” for her work as an advocate for children and families of the incarcerated.


    To learn the developmental and circumstantial influences on a child with an incarcerated parent
    To learn about family dynamics in families of the incarcerated
    To learn the typical feelings of children of the incarcerated
    To learn risk factors and their impact on children of the incarcerated
    To understand the impact of trauma and toxic stress on children of the incarcerated.
    To increase awareness and understanding of the impact of race, class and ethnicity on children and families of the incarcerated
    To encourage self-reflection and insight related to reactions and perspectives on families involved in the criminal justice system
    To apply this knowledge to a variety of services and programs
    To identify strategies for responding to the needs

    Program Schedule:
    8:30-9:00 Check in
    9:00 Keynote Presentation
    10:45 Break
    11:00 Keynote Presentation (continued)
    12:00 NH Video Clip Shown (encouraged conversation over lunch)
    1:00 Table Activity
    1:30 Panel Response to Table Activity
    2:15 Break
    2:30 Four Skills Analysis Activity – Resulting in 5 Key Recommendation Areas
    3:30-3:45 Evaluation & Adjourn

    This event is funded in part by:
    Annie E Casey Foundation, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Coaches Collective International



  • 9:00 am-4:30 pm

    2 White Street, Concord, NH 03301, USA

    2 White Street, Concord, NH 03301, USA

    Presenter: David Treadway, PhD

    UNH School of Law, Room 282


    The very nature of how we consider addictions has evolved significantly as we now understand the ‘process addictions, of sex, eating disorders, spending, shopping, etc. We also now appreciate the consistency of virtually almost all folks with an addiction also suffering from an additional diagnosable mental disorders like manic-depressive, anxiety, depression and PTSD. We also now recognize the rising epidemic of medically prescribed opoids and other drugs which are being dangerously abused Dr Treadway will be presenting a workshop that updates our understanding of addiction and how best to utilize a family therapy model with which to treat it.

    Dr. Treadway is willing to demonstrate his work with clients through a ‘live’ session in the afternoon. We are actively recruiting a couple or family coping with substance misuse/abuse who may wish to take advantage of this opportunity for a consultation with David. Please contact Martha Byam, Martha.byam@unh.edu if you have someone to suggest.


    Participants will:

    · Learn a systemic applicable family therapy model for treating substance abuse

    · Learn how to work with substance abuse in couples

    · Know how to treat adolescent substance abuse

    . Understand the impact on our clients and ourselves

    Approved by NH-NASW 6 Category I CEUs (#3250)/LADC

    Cost: $125 (individuals)

    $110 (UNH SW Alumni/Supervisors)

  • 9:00 am-3:30 pm

    119 International Drive, Portsmouth, NH, United States

    119 International Drive, Portsmouth, NH, United States

    Approved by NASW, NH Chapter, for 6 Category 1 CE Credits, Auth. #896

    This workshop reviews normal and abnormal aspects of adolescence. Also discussed are changes in psychiatric diagnosis germane to the evaluation of adolescents which are contained in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual- 5/DSM-5- American Psychiatric Association. Indications and contraindications for psychological/neuropsychological testing with adolescents and how to make an effective referral for testing will be outlined. Tests will be reviewed that are useful in differential diagnosis and psychoeducational planning: These include the Wechsler Intelligence Scales and brief “screening” measures for anxiety, depression, prodromal psychosis, mild autistic spectrum disorder and non-suicidal and suicidal self-harm. If time permits, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (Adolescent Version/MMPI-A) will also be reviewed. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their experience with adolescent clients who have had testing as well as those who may benefit from testing.

    Instructor: Jerrold Pollak

    Cost: $159 (lunch included)

    Register today!