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NHADACA Annual Meeting & Presentation: So You Think You're Trauma-Informed? Maybe...

  • September 28, 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Chase House at Mill Falls, 300 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, NH
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NHADACA Annual Meeting & Presentation

So You Think You're Trauma-Informed? Maybe...with Dan Griffin, MA

September 28, 2023

9am-11am meeting & 12pm-3pm presentation

*This is an in-person event at the Chase House at Mill Falls*

The NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association will meet for our annual membership and business meeting.  All members and interested people are invited to attend.  Association business will include updates and exciting changes at NHADACA, introductions to our new staff, professional recognition awards and board of director election results. 

Award recipients are both nominated and chosen by vote of the NHADACA membership.  Nominations are listed below.  Please join use in honoring all of our nominees and award recipients.  The categories that will be awarded include:

  • Counselor of the Year
Nominees:   Wyndi Cashman & Heather Crowell
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award 

Nominees:   Nancy Nemcovich

  • President's Award 

Meeting Agenda

9:00 am President’s Welcome --- Diane Fontneau

9:10 am Roll Call --- Christine McKenna

9:15 am Annual Meeting Minutes, November 18, 2022

9:20 am Executive Director’s Report --- Dianne Castrucci

9:45 am Treasurer’s Report --- Christopher Foster

9:55 am Fundraising Committee --- Phoebe Axtman

10:00 am Guest Speaker --- Jill Burke, NH Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services

10:15 am Guest Speaker --- LADC Board Representative

10:30 am Annual Award Presentations--- Christine McKenna

10:45 am Board Member Election Results --- Linda Brewer

Plaques/Acknowledgment of Board Members leaving the Board

Announcement of New Board Members

11:00 am Adjourn Business Meeting & enjoy Brunch and Networking

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  Presentation 

So You Think You're Trauma-Informed? Maybe... with Dan Griffin, MA

PRESENTATION:  As the term trauma-informed has become more and more prevalent in the addiction and mental health world the full understanding and implementation of trauma-informed services can become diluted. Token representations of fully developed and comprehensive systems of care can actually cause harm and certainly fall short of the full realization of trauma-informed systems.  Solo practitioners have to be thinking of core trauma informed care practices: communication process, environment, protocols for safety, etc.  Make no mistake, private practitioners are a system even if only a single-cell.  Whether it be private practitioners or large multi-site organizations, everyone can benefit from a thorough investigation of, and commitment to, trauma-informed care.  This provocative presentation provides a comprehensive overview of trauma-informed systems of care and all of the necessary elements including the overarching paradigm of Values Based Services.  

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the model for values-based services;
  • Summarize the elements of trauma-informed care; and
  • Describe tools to assist programs to become fully trauma-informed.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Dan has dedicated his life and work to exploring and redefining what it means to be a man in the 21st century. He is committed to helping men be better men by understanding the impact of the Man Rules on their lives. Dan also helps men find the success in their personal lives they are striving for in their professional ones. Griffin’s book, A Man’s Way through Relationships, is the first book written specifically to help men create healthy relationships while navigating the challenges of the “Man Rules™” — ideas men internalize at very young ages about how to be real boys and men.  Griffin’s professional background includes over two decades in the mental health and addictions field. In addition, he is  the author of A Man’s Way through the Twelve Steps, the first trauma-informed book to take a holistic look at men’s sobriety. He co-authored Helping Men Recover, the first comprehensive gender-responsive and trauma-informed curriculum for addiction and mental health professionals. Dan served as a senior fellow at The Meadows, world-renowned experts treating addictive disorders and trauma, from 2015 to 2017. Dan earned a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Kansas. For his graduate work, Dan completed the first qualitative study centered on the social construction of masculinity in the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous. 

REGISTRATION FEES: It is free to attend the Business Meeting. A complimentary brunch is included with educational component.  *NHADACA Members $45;  *Non-Members $65;   *NBCC included.  For more information contact: 603-225-7060 or

3 Contact Hours Available
CRSW Performance Domains: 3, 4 
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence:  5-7, 15-18
CPS Domains: 6
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

This training is financed under a contract with the State of NH, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of NH and/or such funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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