Conversations for Caring

The Conversations program coordinates community education initiatives that include trainings for providers, both professional and volunteer, serving older persons, Veterans, persons living with disabilities of all ages, and their families. 

Training topics can range from The Science of Addiction to Provider Self-care and from The Impact of Poverty on Health to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Trainings are offered by area service providers as well as the faculty of regional colleges and universities. The program also offers Social Work, Nursing, and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) continuing education credits. The trainings are offered online and in-person throughout the region in a number of host sites, who generously offer their gathering space and hospitality free of charge. In this way, the Conversations program is a collaboration of community partners to support and nurture the region’s vital network of care who together serve some of the most vulnerable individuals in our communities. 

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Upcoming Events

Previous Conversations Events

Pain: An Introduction for Community Providers

June: A Special Half-Day Workshop (150 attended)

Venue: North Shore Community College ‒ Lynn

Pain: An Overview
Ylisabyth (Libby) Bradshaw, DO, MS
Academic Director, Masters in Pain Research, Education,
and Policy, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine,
Tufts University School of Medicine

Understanding & Responding to Pain in Older Persons
Margaret (Peg) Ackerman, DNP, APRN
Assistant Professor, and Coordinator, Adult-Gerontology,
Nurse Practitioner Track, School of Nursing, Salem State University

Understanding & Responding to Pain in Persons Living with Addiction
Kristin Wason, MSN, NP-C, CARN
Technical Assistance Specialist,
Office Based Addiction Treatment: Training and Technical Assistance Program,
Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine

Recognizing Depression
and Suicide Risk

January (93 attended)

Presenter: Sarah Gaer, MA
Suicide Prevention Specialist, Riverside Trauma Center

Venue: The Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea

The Science of Addiction for Community Providers: Core Principles and Intervention Strategies

February (91 attended)

Presenter: Steve Chisholm. MA,
Assistant Professor and Coordinator: Drug and Alcohol Rehab Program,
North Shore Community College

Venue: The Lowell Council on Aging

Understanding, Engaging, and Serving Homeless Populations

April (124 attended)

Presenter: Tom Lorello, LICSW,
Director of Clinical Operations and Training,
Lynn Shelter Association

Venue: The Lowell Council on Aging

Common Drugs of Abuse: Current Trends and Health-Related Concerns

May (91 attended)

Presenter: Donna White, PhD, RN, CS, CADAC,
Trainer and Substance Use Disorder Consultant

Venue: The Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea


Schizophrenia: How to Recognize It
and How to Help

August (179 attended)

Presenter: Oliver Freudenreich, MD, FAPM,
Co-Director, MGH Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program

Venue: Peabody Council on Aging

Understanding and Working with Vietnam Era Veterans

September (86 attended)

Presenter: Michael Lyons, PhD,
Professor, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Director,
Center for Clinical Biopsychology, Boston University

Venue: The Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea

Intersection of Trauma and Homelessness

October (114 attended)

Presenter: Kevin Sullivan, MD,
Physician, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless

Venue: The Lowell Council on Aging

“Dual-Diagnosis” New Approaches to Serving People with Substance Use Disorder and Behavioral Health Conditions

December (Over 300 registered)

Presenter: Martha Kane, PhD, Clinical Director,
Center for Addiction Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital;
Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Venue: Northern Essex Community College

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2020 Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Flag Pharmacy


United Healthcare logo


Bronze Sponsors

Align Credit Union logo


All Care logo


The Caleb Group logo


circlehealth logo

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Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.


Element Care logo


Encompass Health


Lawrence General Hospital logo


Maloney Properties logo


Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers


Pine Street Inn logo


Salem Five Bank logo