Thank you to all who participated in the 2019 Strafford County Addiction Summit.

Strafford County Addiction Summit

Building Trauma-Informed Communities

November 20, 2019
8:30am - 3:00pm
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

Each year, the Strafford County Public Health Network hosts an addiction summit, where partners and public alike gather to review the progress made in the past year, learn improved strategies and skills, and connect with each other to build a stronger and more united community tackling our states substance misuse crisis.

The annual event incorporates education, networking, and dialogue to set the tone for the next year of work among Strafford County's substance misuse professionals. With guest speakers, breakout sessions, and timely discussions on emerging topics, the Addiction Summit provides a much needed opportunity for all voices to be in one room together.

Take a look at the breakout sessions available at the 2019 Strafford County Addiction Summit:

ACES 101: Adverse Childhood Experiences

*AM session only

Presenter: Dr. Larry McCullough

This training will provide an in-depth discussion of the ACEs research and its relevance to a wide variety of mental and behavioral health issues.  The basic research on ACEs will shared as well as more recent research on the potential positive health benefits of positive childhood experiences.  Participants will have an opportunity to review both the basic ACEs questionnaire and the factors supporting positive growth.  They will also have an opportunity to discuss implications of this research for the people they work with and the services they provide in relation to the principles of trauma-informed care.

Training/Learning Objectives

  1. Understand and be able to describe the relevance of scientific findings about how experience shapes health and well-being throughout the life-course and its relevance to programs and community capacity development. This includes an in-depth discussion of the following issues:
    1. The effects of toxic stress on development, and the relevance of ACE concepts to child and family support.
    2. The progressive nature of adversity across the life course.
    3. Key variables for improving relational and community context for promotion of well-being.
  2. Understand and be able to describe the relevance of research on Positive Childhood Experiences and their capacity to provide buffering protection against Adverse Childhood Experiences.

ACE-RT: Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team

*PM session only

Presenters: Eric Adams (Laconia Police Dept.) and Lt. Matthew LaRochelle (Manchester Police Dept.)

As a first responder we see tragedy quite frequently.  Unfortunately, so do children and young adults.  The Laconia Police Department partnered with the Laconia School District as well as Lakes Region Community Services to try and mitigate the after affects trauma has on children.  This session will give insight into this program that can help first responders as another tool in their belt.

Learning Objectives:

  1. What is ACERT and how do first responders play a role?
  2. How to work through information sharing between agencies.
  3. What training is involved for first responders?
  4. How the City of Laconia implemented this program?

How to Approach Trauma Informed Care as a Community Member or Service: Understanding and Aiding with Social Determinants of Health

Presenter: John Iudice LICSW, MLADAC

People who have experienced trauma, substance use disorders and mental health symptoms come into contact with many organizations and community members outside of the treatment and recovery service system. These interactions with the person can have just as much of an impact on the person’s chances at recovery as going to treatment. Access to housing, transportation, other forms of healthcare, food and employment has a direct impact on someone’s use of drugs and alcohol.

The objectives of this workshop are to provide non-treatment providers with:

  1. A basic understanding of the impact of past trauma, substance use disorders and present experiences on the behavior of a person.
  2. An increased understanding of social determinants of health and their impact on recovery.
  3. Communication skills and strategies for all community service organizations to use in order to improve interactions with people who have substance use disorder, improve your staff’s performance and the ability to respond to people in crisis.

Decreasing the Trauma Response

Presenter: Linda Douglas M.Ed., CTSS

This session will discuss Linda’s work with domestic and sexual violence programs over the past ten years to incorporate trauma-informed procedures and responses.  During her presentation she will encourage the attendees to explore how they can be trauma responsive.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to look at their own setting and identify possible procedures, policies, or physical structures that could activate people’s trauma response.
  2. Attendees will be able to describe at least three interventions or skills that they can use to decrease trauma responses.

Building Resiliency in those with Co-Occurring Disorders: A Strength-Based Approach

Presenter: Jennifer Stout, LICSW, MLADC

Goal: Improve the ability of those working with individuals with dual diagnoses to utilize trauma-informed care principles into their work with a focus on building resiliency using strength-based approaches


  1. Understanding the relationship between substance use and mental health disorders
  2. Understanding the impact of trauma on the development of SUD & related disorders
  3. Communication skills – language, understanding “what happened” rather than “what’s wrong with you”
  4. Strength-based approach “how-to”
  5. Strength-based practices to building resiliency in people with co-occurring disorders
  6. 2-3 ideas to improve/integrate TIC principles in your work

Creating a Community for Youth Prevention

Presenter: Cory Mashburn, M.Ed, CPS

In this interactive workshop, participants will talk about the importance of community-based prevention strategies needed to protect the youth of your community.  Participants will gain knowledge and skills to implement effective, data-driven prevention programs, practices, and policies that reduce health disparities and improve wellness.

Meet Our Guest Speakers

Eric Adams

Officer Adams is an 18 veteran of Law Enforcement.  Officer Adams has been with the Laconia Police Department for the past 7 years where he is currently assigned as the Prevention, Enforcement and Treatment Coordinator.  In his current role as the Prevention, Enforcement and Treatment Coordinator, Officer Adams works directly with individuals and their families who are struggling with substance use/mental health disorders, as a support network helping to navigate barriers. Officer Adams currently sits on several committees to include LRGHealthCare’s Community Access team, the Winnipesaukee Region Community Care Wrap Around Team, Lakes Region Homeless Outreach and the Partners in Community Wellness Team.

Debra Altschiller

Debra Altschiller is the Community Liaison for HAVEN, New Hampshire’s largest violence prevention and crisis support center serving people impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking. She has worked in this field since 2012 advocating for victims of crime in our community. She works with law enforcement, juvenile justice professionals first responders and medical professionals as a trainer in trauma informed response, ACEs and human trafficking identification.

In this capacity she was appointed by the Governor to be a member of the Oversight Commission on Children’s Services. She brings the perspective of the crisis centers to the table, giving voice to survivors on the Commission. She was one of the three members of this committee to vet the candidates for the Office of the Child Advocate, a position now held by Dr. Moira O’Neil.

Debra is an active member of the New Hampshire Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force. She serves as a trainer for medical professionals and law enforcement in identifying victims of human trafficking and providing services.

Linda Douglass

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 with mental health and substance abuse problems.  She has provided training to crisis center staff on the issues of domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health over the past nine years using trauma informed materials. Over the past seven years she has expanded her expertise to understanding the effects of trauma and domestic violence on children.  Linda has also been providing training to the Department of Children, Youth and Families and the Department on Homelessness.

Jennifer Hollidge

Jennifer joined the NHARNG Family Program in 2010 and has served military youth and families for almost ten years.  Her primary responsibilities are to educate community partners on the emotional cycle of deployment and issues specific to military youth as well as supporting organizational readiness by building a sense of community for military youth through programming, education, and resources. She was the keynote speaker at the Department of Education quarterly meeting in 2017 and one of the key instructors at the 35th annual School Nurse’s Conference at St. Anselm College in 2018. She is passionate about her unique career, and grows her skillset by continually seeking opportunities to become certified in trainings such as suicide prevention, resilience, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, and 4 Lenses. Facilitating learning and growth in others and herself is at the heart of all she does.

John Ludice

John has worked for the last 17 years with adults and adolescents with substance use and mental health issues in a variety of settings including inpatient detox programs, residential programs, outpatient, intensive outpatient and medication assisted treatment facilities and in schools. He has in depth knowledge of the behavioral healthcare system and how to access help. John has his Master’s degree in Social Work and is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) and master’s level licensed alcohol and drug counselor (MLADC).

Matthew Larochelle

Lt. Matt Larochelle has served as a law-enforcement professional for 20 years, becoming a member of the Manchester Police Department in 2000. Lt. Larochelle earned an Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1999 from the N.H. Technical Institute and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Granite State College in 2016.  Over the course of his career he has also attained certification in a number of specialized training programs to include Homicide Investigations, Crime Scene Processing, Interviewing and Interrogations, and Investigations into Physical and Sexual abuse of children.

During his tenure with MPD, Lt. Larochelle has served as a Patrol officer, which included assignment within the Community Policing Division.  He also served as an investigator within the Detective Unit for six years prior to his promotion to sergeant in 2013.  As a sergeant, he has served as Patrol street supervisor, and since 2015, he has been assigned as Detective Sergeant within the Juvenile Unit.  With his promotion to lieutenant, he will serve as the supervisor of both the Juvenile Unit and Domestic and Sexual Violence Unit. Over the past three years while assigned as the sergeant within the Juvenile Unit, Lt. Larochelle has worked to implement the Mirror Project, which is a program aimed at instructing students on the importance of mutual respect between the police and youth.  The Mirror Project is a collaborative effort between the MPD, the Manchester school district, and the Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee, which over the past 3 years has reached nearly 3,000 Manchester students and has gained state and federal attention.

Mark Lefebvre

Mark Lefebvre works for Southern NH Services as the grant manager for the NH Works for Recovery program. In this role Mark oversees outreach and delivery of employment and training benefits to individuals and families affected by the New Hampshire opioid crisis. Mark is also a Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW) and a co-founder of Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth. Mark has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has completed graduate studies in Community Mental Health and Substance Misuse from Southern NH University.

Michelle Lipinski

Michelle is the Principal of the Northshore Recovery High School located in Beverly, Massachusetts.  She is licensed as a Science Teacher, Principal/Director,  Superintendent,  and has served as a School Board Member and is currently a City Councilor in Dover, NH.  She has over 25 years of experience as a Principal/Director in alternative school settings.  Michelle is a Recovery Advocate and will continue to search for ways to solve the addiction and opioid epidemic locally and nationally.   She speaks around the country about the philosophy and mission of creating adolescent substance use and mental health recovery supports in academic settings.  She is also a strong advocate for combining a supportive therapeutic milieu with rigorous academic standards.  Michelle has played a leadership role in helping her staff develop authentic performance assessments and upholding high academic standards for students with significant risk factors.

Michelle also started the icanhelp program (, operated through her non-profit,  Potential Connections, in response to the number of students who are unable to connect with a trusted community partner and consequently never receive the essential services they need to live a productive and healthy life.  Most recently, she started the PASS program with many of her local school districts, Northshore YMCA and behavioral health providers.  PASS was recently awarded a multi-year grant from DPH/DESE School/Community Based Target Intervention Services Grant under the State Opioid Response (SOR).  This program offers a non-punitive approach to student discipline for ten districts on the North Shore. (Lynn, Saugus, Salem, Peabody, Beverly, Ipswich, Manchester-Essex, NEC, Newburyport, Gloucester)

Cory Mashburn

Cory Mashburn has over 20 years’ experience working with youth and people with disabilities, as well as over 15 years expertise in the field of prevention services.  As the father of two young children he understands the importance of equipping youth, their parents, and their communities with the knowledge and skills to enable young people to become the best version of themselves.

Dr. Larry McCullough

Dr. Larry McCullough is Founder and Executive Director of Pinetree Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Eliot, Maine, established in 2012 to promote the well-being of individuals, families and communities with particular focus on addressing issues related to ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and trauma-informed care. He is also a founding Board Member and Director of the Open Circle Network which since 1989 has provided support for individuals struggling with issues related to addictions, sexuality and abuse. In addition to his work with Pinetree Institute and The Open Circle Network, Larry has over 30 years of experience working with major corporations, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations in the areas of leadership development, change management, and strategic planning. He has worked with more than 25 Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries including technology, pharmaceuticals, financial services, manufacturing, professional services, and consumer goods in addition to major governmental and non-profit organizations. Larry received his Doctorate in Applied Behavioral Sciences from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Tym Rourke, MA

Tym is Director of New Hampshire Tomorrow with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. New Hampshire Tomorrow is the foundation’s largest philanthropic initiative in its history, focusing on reducing the opportunity gap for children and families in New Hampshire through addressing issues related to early childhood, family and youth supports, substance use disorders and school-to-career pathways. Tym has over 20 years’ experience in the Substance Use Disorders field, and is the former Chair of the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. Prior to joining the Foundation, Tym was the Executive Director of the Makin It Happen Coalition in Manchester, New Hampshire. Tym is a 2012 recipient of the Terrance Keenan Fellowship for Leaders in Health Philanthropy from Grantmakers in Health, is a co-founder of the national Substance Use Disorders Funders’ Collaborative, and has advised numerous philanthropies, donors and policy-makers on strategies to address addiction. He has a Master’s Degree in Intermodal Expressive Art Therapy from Lesley University.

Jennifer Stout

Jennifer Stout, MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Master’s Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  She specializes in working with individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders and trauma histories.  Jennifer has specialized-training in Trauma-Informed Care and working towards certification in EMDR.  She worked at Goodwin Community Health Center as a therapist and recently moved into the role of Clinical Director at Hope on Haven Hill, a Trauma-Informed, gender-responsive  inpatient substance use disorder rehabilitation program.

Traci R. Fowler, MSW

Traci R. Fowler, MSW has nearly 20 years of experience working with grassroots, community-based coalitions as well as state-level systems and agencies to build capacity toward achieving better behavioral health outcomes. She is a respected leader able to effectively conceptualize and translate key evidence-informed Public Health and Community Organizing theories into action. From 2013-2016, she served on the Governor’s Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery and was Chair of that Commission’s Prevention Task Force. Traci has worked as an independent consultant with clients such as the NH Charitable Foundation, the John Snow Institute, and the Mayor’s Office of the City of Franklin, NH.  Traci is now a Senior Program Officer with the NH Charitable Foundation, assisting in the management of the Foundation’s substance use disorder portfolio and overseeing regional grantmaking in the Upper Valley. She also currently serves as Chair of the NH Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative and has a seat on the NH Commission on Mental Health Education and Behavioral Health and Wellness Programs.


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