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Featured Presentations

Learned Hopefulness - Dan Tomasulo, Ph.D., MFA, MAPP, Core Faculty, Spiritual Mind Body Institute, Columbia University Teachers College
Until recently hope has not been explored as a state or trait that can be cultivated.  New research has revealed there are several cognitive and emotional processes that are able to be acquired.  This presentation will give an overview of Learned Hopefulness research and the activities which facilitate its development.

Dan Tomasulo - Learned Hopefulness - Virtual SNTI 2020 from UNH IOD/START on Vimeo.

START Film Premiere & Live Panel Discussion
The START Film, produced by award-winning documentary filmmaker Dan Habib, captures the unique and groundbreaking practices and philosophies of the START model. START’s impact is viewed through the perspectives of START clients, family members, and local service providers in Fort Worth, Texas, New York City, and Durham, North Carolina. The film will premiere on Tuesday afternoon and include a live Q&A session with flimmaker Dan Habib, producers, and special guests. Panelists: Dr. Karen Weigle, CSS Associate Director & Dan Habib, Filmmaker (Facilitators); From NY4- Richmond Kings: Sharon Cyrus-Savary (Program Director), Deandra Brent (START Coordinator), Ms. Clara Casa Bibiana (Parent of a young woman receiving services from Richmond Kings START program); From TX START Tarrant County: Dave Gunter (Resource Center Director); From NC START Central: Shelle Oosting (START team leader), Braxton Utley (Person receiving services from NC Central START program).

NOW WE HAVE HOPE The Strength of the START Community from Dan Habib on Vimeo.

MH Treatment Approaches in a World with COVID: You can do it!  - Dr. Katy Stratigos, Medical Director, NY START Region 4 Triborough
This talk will offer an introduction to the nature of clinical work that can be conducted to support individuals, families, and systems during the COVID crisis.  A basic presumption is that this work will primarily be conducted via telemedicine systems, and will include a discussion of using this modality effectively for clinical work.  We will review common fears and anxieties of individuals during this time, as well as clinical themes that have emerged as individuals have remained in quarantine for weeks.  We will discuss the recurrence of patients prior symptoms in the context of stress from COVID, as well as new onset or worsened anxiety symptoms during this time.  We will discuss the concepts behind psychological first aid (from within the disaster psychiatry framework).  We will discuss clinical strategies to help families and individuals cope with the current challenges.


Virtual SNTI Schedule

Monday May 4

  • 12:00pm ET - LIVE: Welcome Address and Mindfulness Exercise with Dr. Joan B. Beasley
  • 12:30pm ET - LIVE: START Research Panel: Promoting Best Practices with Emphasis on Mental Wellness (download slides)
  • 1:30pm ET - View: Learned Hopefulness with Dan Tomasulo  pre-recorded (download slides)
  • 2:30pm ET - LIVE: Q&A with Dan Tomasulo
  • 3:15-4:30pm ET - LIVE: START Research Poster Session #1 (view the research posters)

Tuesday May 5

  • 12:00pm ET - View START Film Premiere (pre-recorded)
  • 1:15pm ET - LIVE: START Film Discussion
  • 2:30-3:45pm ET - LIVE: START Research Poster Session #2 (view the research posters)

Wednesday May 6

  • 12:00pm ET - View: MH treatment approaches in a world with COVID: You can do it!  with Dr. Katy Stratigos pre-recorded (download slides)
  • 1:00pm ET - LIVE: Morning Address with Dr. Joan B. Beasley and Luke Reynard
  • 1:15pm ET - LIVE: Q&A with Dr. Stratigos - MH Treatment Approaches in a World with COVID: You can do it!  
  • 2:00pm ET  - LIVE: Awards Ceremony: Celebrating the START Community
  • 3:30pm ET - Virtual SNTI Closing Remarks with Dr. Jill Hinton

Virtual SNTI FAQ's

Is the virtual SNTI program the same as the in-person SNTI? No, the program has been amended for this virtual event. Virtual SNTI will offer multiple ways to learn, share, and network including live events and pre-recorded presentations. 

Is there any cost for the virtual SNTI? No, this is a free event available to the START Network as a thank you for your continued support.

I had registered for the 2020 SNTI in Austin. What do I do now? If you had registered for the 2020 SNTI, you will receive an email from the Center for START Services with more information.

Questions? Please reach out to

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Available (free of charge):

Up to 8.5 contact hours/0.85 UNH CEUs will be available

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Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and The Center for START Services.  Dartmouth-Hitchcock is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



2020 START National Training Institute

After much consideration, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 START National Training Institute (SNTI) previously scheduled to occur in Austin, due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. While this was not an easy decision, the Center for START Services felt that it was prudent to take this proactive measure in the best interest of the health & wellbeing of our attendees and presenters, many of whom experience IDD, medical vulnerabilities and/or are involved in the direct support and care of people with IDD/medical vulnerabilities.

The START National Training Institute (SNTI) is an annual in-person training event that brings together hundreds of START team members, self advocates, families, and national & international leaders in the field of MH/IDD to share expertise, tools, and best practices. The training spans two and a half days and features keynote addresses, panel discussions, breakout sessions from four content-focused strands, a judged research poster session & professional networking event, the START Film premiere, and a Sunday evening coffee house.

Date: May 4-6, 2020
Location: Austin, Texas
Hotel: Sheraton Austin at the Capitol, 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701
Continuing Education: CE applications are pending approval for multiple disciplines. UNH CEUs will be available free of charge to all attendees.

Overall Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of at least three (3) strategies to encourage the practice of mindfulness for individuals with MH/IDD and their family members.

  • Identify at least three (3) resources found within research, policies and practices that promote mindfulness

  • Describe how mindfulness strategies can be implemented to aid and enhance the quality of services provided to individuals with IDD and mental health needs and how you will integrate this into your team’s structure

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Allsop at (603) 228-2085 ext. 23 or email