Community Education Series

Missed our Community Education Series Presentations?  Check out the PowerPoint and Video for each session, listed below.



September 8
Opioid Use and Treatment: What We Are Doing

It is widely accepted that opioid use in Vermont has a tremendous impact on all of us – on our children, families, and communities. Vermont has been a leader in addressing this significant national public health crisis. Panelists in this community conversation will highlight the individual and collective efforts that are in place to address opioid use and treatment. They will discuss current initiatives, as well as challenges and areas for improvement. The presentation will  include a Q & A session and attendees will leave with suggestions for how they can help.


Bob Bick, CEO, Howard Center
Brandon del Pozo, Chief, Burlington Police Department
Patti Fisher, MD, UVM Medical Center
Barbara Rachelson, Executive Director, LUND

Facilitator: Martha Maksym, Executive Director, United Way of Northwest Vermont

Missed the presentation?

View the PowerPoint that was included as part of the presentation.
View a list of resources for additional information about opioid treatment.
View a video of the full panel presentation.

September 18
Symposium: Psychiatry in the Third Reich 

9:00 am-6:00 pm
UVM Waterman Memorial Lounge (Room 338)
85 South Prospect St., Burlington
View or download the program for the day.

Sponsored by the UVM Miller Center for Holocaust Studies with support from Howard Center. Additional support is provided by

The Leonard and Carolyn Miller Distinguished Professorship in Holocaust Studies
UVM College of Arts and Sciences
UVM College of Medicine
Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families
UVM Department of Psychiatry

For additional information, please contact or visit the University of Vermont Center for Holocaust Studies. Registration is not required.

October 13
Suicide Risk and Prevention for All Ages: What You Need to Know

The suicide rate in Vermont is increasing, and it’s up to all of us to reverse this trend. Learn more about suicide, including what increases or minimizes risk; steps you can take to respond to a friend, coworker or loved one; and different local and nationwide resources that you should have at your fingertips.

Presenter: Charlotte McCorkel, MSW, LICSW

Charlotte McCorkel has been with Howard Center as a leader in the children’s crisis program, First Call for Children and Families, since 2008, and in July 2015 became the Director of Crisis Integration, leading the agency’s merger of three distinct crisis teams. Charlotte has a Master of Science in Social Work degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work and an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. She is a member of the Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Vermont School Crisis Planning Team. Additionally, Charlotte was selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program through the National Council of Behavioral Health. Charlotte is passionate about suicide prevention, disaster response, and the intersection of public health and mental health.

View the PowerPoint that was part of this presentation.
View the video of this presentation. 

November 10
Slow Psychiatry: Rethinking the Role of Psychiatric Drugs

The current prevailing model for the use of psychoactive drugs is a disease oriented model. The drugs are thought to target specific disease processes such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. In this talk, Dr. Steingard describes an alternative model--a drug-centered approach--which focuses more on the effects of each drug. She explains the distinctions between and implications for each model. She also describes a way of working with people, called need-adapted approaches, which allows time for the discussions required to understand and help people experiencing the complex problems that are labeled as psychiatric illness.

Presenter: Sandy Steingard, MD

Dr. Steingard is the Chief Medical Officer at Howard Center where she has worked for the past 21 years. She is also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. For over 25 years, her clinical practice has primarily included patients with schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses. She serves on the Board of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, NAMI-VT, and the Mad In America continuing Education fund. She currently writes a blog called "Anatomy of a Psychiatrist" on the website

View or download the Powerpoint presentation for this session.

View the video presentation.

November 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
"Resilience"  The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

Main Street Landing's The Film House, 60 Lake Street, Burlington

A film screening by director James Redford: "Resilience" chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators, and communities who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease. Discussion with Q & A immediately following the movie.

View a preview of the film here.


Missed our previous presentations? View them online at the following links:

Spring 2016

Autism: Information and Resources for Transition into Adulthood 
View the PowerPoint Presentation
View the Video

Understanding Trauma and Its Impact: Creating a Trauma Informed Community
View the PowerPoint Presentation
View the Video

Six Myths and Five Secrets of Better Sleep
View the PowerPoint Presentation
View the Video

Fall 2015 

Understanding Opiod Addiction
View the video.
View the PowerPoint presentation.

More than the Blues: Understanding Depression and its Treatment
View the video.
View the PowerPoint presentation

Autism in Children and Teens
View the video.
View the PowerPoint Presentation.