2020 START National Training Institute

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START With Mindfulness: Virtual Program

The 2020 Virtual SNTI took place May 4-6, 2020. Thank you to all who participated in the first virtual SNTI.

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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.

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).


Virtual SNTI Schedule

Monday May 4, 2020

  • 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, 2020

  • 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, 2020

  • 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

Congratulations to the 2020 START Research Poster Winners!

1st Place: START Therapeutic Coaching as a Suicide Prevention Tool for Individuals with IDD in the Era of COVID-19
NC START Central - Meredith Dangel, MA, Maggie Robbins, MA, LCAT, RDT

2nd Place: The Use of Mindfulness to Promote a Trauma Informed Care Environment: A Case Study
NY START Region 5 - Alyse Scura, LMHC; Denise Bronzino, PhD

3rd Place: TIED
Breathe In... Breathe Out... Now We're in the Here and Now: Incorporating Mindfulness & Sensory Integration Activities at the Resource Center
NC START West - Anne Doucette, PhD; Laura Shea, MA; Boyce Smith, LCMHC; Ann Klein, MA

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View 2020 Research Poster Session Video Playlist


Research Poster Session #1 - Monday May 4, 2020 - 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm ET

  • NY START Region 4 Tri-Borough
  • NY START Region 3
  • NC START West
  • CA START San Diego

Research Poster Session #2 - Tuesday May 5, 2020 - 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm ET

  • NY START Region 5
  • Texas START
  • NC START East
  • NC START Central
  • CA START San Andreas

Congratulations to the 2020 START Award Winners!

William I. Gardner Award

The William I. Gardner Award is the highest honor given by the Center for START Services. Each year, we recognize national leaders who have promoted social justice and significantly improved the lives of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health.

  • Liz Weintraub, AUCD Senior Advocacy Specialist, in recognition of her steadfast leadership and advocacy for inclusive disability policies and practices, modeling the way for many. 

START Award Winners

  • Care Coordination Award - Doak Givan & Janay Kelly-Grant, MHMR Tarrant County Texas
  • Network Partner Award (Adult Services) - Josh Berezin, MD, NY State Office of Mental Health & Stefanie Griffin, NH START
  • Network Partner Award (Childrens Services) - Angela Caudle, Nash County Schools, Nashville, NC
  • Clinical Team Member Award - Matthew Wolcott, NY START Region 3 & Morgan Dettbarn, Iowa START
  • Clinical Team Leadership Award - Stefon Smith, NY START Region 4 Triborough & Maya Hu-Morabito, NY START Region 1
  • Therapeutic Supports Award: Resource Center Counselor - Kelly Hanks, NY START Region 1
  • Therapeutic Supports Award: Resource Center Director - Dave Gunter, Texas START
  • Therapeutic Supports Award: Therapeutic Coaching Team Leader - Christy Prophete, NC START West
  • Therapeutic Supports Award: Therapeutic Coach - Kenya Williams, NC START East
  • START Medical Director Award - Roberto Blanco, MD , NC START Central
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Medical Professionals: 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.

Learning Outcomes Statement: At the conclusion of this learning activity, learners will be able to utilize the evidence-based concepts and approaches shared within each session to broaden their understanding of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs, inform clinical practices, and formulate and implement acceptable treatment modalities.