Virtual 2022 START National Training Institute

Continuing Education

APA, CME, NBCC, and NYSW credit hours are available for several sessions of the 2022 SNTI program. Pre-registration for these continuing education units is required - there is a $25 fee for APA, CME, and NBCC, no fee for NYSW. Once you register to attend the SNTI, you will receive an email with instructions for CE registration. If you do not, please email

Certificate of Attendance and UNH CEUs

A certificate of attendance with UNH CEUs will be provided to all attendees at no cost – you do not need to register for UNH CEUs, we will email you a certificate of attendance at the end of the 2022 program.

Who should attend?

START Network members, mental health & ID professionals, psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, researchers, administrators, family members, persons with disabilities, educators, direct support professionals, social workers, service coordinators, and students.


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 10.75 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.

APA (Psychology): This program is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA) and the Center for START Services. NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. These credits are also accepted by the State Board of Mental Health and the State Board of Psychologists for all New Hampshire licensees. NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. This program offers up to 6.0 CE credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required to receive credit for psychologists; variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on the APA guidelines.

NASW (Social Work): This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886725464-5141) for 7 continuing education contact hours.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC): 2022 START National Training Institute: The Pursuit of Happiness has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Sessions approved for NBCC credit are clearly identified. National Center for START Services, University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability/UCED is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3628.

START National Training Institute Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how inclusion of therapeutic strategies to support the pursuit of happiness is essential to overall emotional well-being for people with IDD-MH, their families, and their system of support

  2. Identify at least three (3) resources found within research, policy, and practice that promote happiness in the lives of people with IDD-MH and their families

  3. Utilize at least three (3) strategies to foster happiness for people with IDD-MH and their families

New York Social Worker: The National Center for START Services, Institute on Disability/UCED, University of New Hampshire, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0452. This program offers up to 8.0 CE credits for New York Social Workers.


2022 SNTI Educational Program Sessions

Continuing Education Available



Keynote: Search Within for Happiness

0.5 0.5 0.5 - 0.5 0.5
Plenary Presentation: The Science of Hope—The Practice of Happiness 0.5 0.75 0.75 - 0.75 0.75

Breakout Session 1 (you can only attend one of these sessions)

A-1: Building Our Personal Strength from the Inside Out 1.0 1.25 1.25 1.0 1.25 1.25
B-1: Culturally Competent Prescribing & Treatment 1.0 1.25 1.25 1.0 1.25 1.25
C-1: Role of Research & Evaluation in the Examination of START Crisis Prevention & Intervention Methods 1.0 1.25 1.25 1.0 1.25 1.25
D-1: Leadership Workshop Part 1 1.0 1.25 1.25 1.0 1.25 1.25
Research Poster Session #1 - - - - 1.25 -


The Importance of Including People with Lived Experience of IDD-MH in Research with Melanie Hecker, MPA

1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
The START Research Panel Presentation 1.0 1.25 1.25 1.0 1.25 1.25

Breakout Session 2 (you can only attend one of these sessions)

A-2: Positive-Interactive-Behavioral Therapy (P-IBT): Positive Group Psychotherapy for Individuals with Intellectual and Psychiatric Disabilities 1.0 1.25 1.25 1.0 1.25 1.25
B-2: Psychiatric Treatment Considerations from an Integrated Health Perspective 1.0 1.25 1.25 1.0 1.25 1.25
C-2: A Cross-Systems Approach to Mental Health Coaching 1.0 1.25 1.25 1.0 1.25 1.25
D-2: Leadership Workshop Part 2 1.0 1.25 1.25 1.0 1.25 1.25
Research Poster Session #2 - - - - 1.25 -


Practices to Promote Joy : The Power of Positive Emotions and Role-Play 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
PCORI Telehealth Panel Presentation: Evaluation of telehealth services on mental health outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0