On site training for human service / mental health / addiction professionals

Do you find yourself struggling with a highly stressful circumstance – overwhelming demand for services, high employee turnover, complex client cases, more need than resources? On site training may be the “reset button” you need to boost staff morale, inspire hope and generate change. Training can be half day, one day or multi-day – depending on the need. If you aren’t certain about on-site professional development, consider attending a one day workshop in Hancock, NH.


Employee burnout? High turnover? Poor employee morale? These may be symptoms that your staff is burnout or suffering from vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, or compassion fatigue. Whatever you call it, there is a real cost associated with caring for others.

In this training, participants will learn key concepts of stress response in the body: the polyvagal theory, range of resilience, regulation versus dysregulation, etc. They will practice tracking their own stress response, locating resources within themselves and their environment, and ways to help strengthen the network of support between them. Strong team identity and cohesion strengthens individual resilience.


The concept of epigenetics is challenging the idea of “bad genes.”  For years we have believed, “if your parent had a mental illness, you are at a much greater risk for having mental illness.  If a family member is an alcoholic, your risk of becoming an alcoholic is much greater.”  While these statements are true, it isn’t about “bad genes.”  Participants learn about epigenetics – the notion that genetic expression is shaped by experience – in particular ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences). Genes alone aren’t responsible for mental illness, cancer, or substance abuse.  Family patterns of interaction, historical patterns of abuse and neglect, conditions of poverty, these among other factors are significant contributors to physical and mental health problems and substance abuse/addiction.

In this training, participants will take a closer look at the concept of epigenetics and family systems. Participants will gain a new conceptual framework for understanding themselves, their client/patient/student, and ways to facilitate “no blaming/no shaming” conversations with families. Addressing epigenetics is the single most powerful means of preventing future mental, physical health and addiction problems.