Community Trainings and Resources

Community Trainings and Resources

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UCS offers community trainings for a variety of topics both at our facilities and within the community. The costs can vary depending on the scope of the training and the number of attendees. 

For more information or inquiries, please contact our Director of Community Relations and Development, Heidi French, at (802) 442-5491.

Trainings Available

Click each training to learn more about what we have to offer.

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur before a child reaches the age of 18. ACEs can have a tremendous impact on future violence, victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. This training discusses the biologic impacts of trauma in early childhood and the connection between trauma and long-term health impacts.

This curriculum is designed for anyone 18 or older. 

Training time ranges from one to three hours for a group or organization. 

The Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework is a flexible, components-based intervention developed for children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma, along with their caregiving systems. This model has ten key targets of interventions organized through three core domains. These building blocks are developmental tasks that build on themselves.

This curriculum is designed for the caregiver, which can be a parent, grandparent, teacher, coach, or anyone in a relationship where building a healthy attachment is crucial to the others healing.

These are typically scheduled as all day workshops for groups or organizations. 

UCS Clinicians are using Equine Assisted Therapy to work successfully with clients, but anyone can benefit from the healing power of horses. Horses are highly sensitive to human energy and actions. They respond to the energy of the moment. These qualities enhance our abilities to learn what we see. Experience firsthand how people find solace in the heart of a horse. Group and individual learning exercises enhance our awareness of our attitudes and actions. 

UCS’ team-building Equine Assisted Workshops are open to anyone 18 and older. 

An opportunity for individuals or loved ones dealing with trauma to heal in beautiful Southern Vermont.

What is EMDR?

EMDR is a client centered therapeutic approach that focuses on traumatic memory processing. Trained EMDR Clinicians utilize techniques that guide patients to bring attention to traumatic memory or negative cognition(s) while the bilateral stimulation is employed.

The Goal

To reduce the persisting psychological impacts caused by traumatic memory through modifying how the memory is stored. The length of the retreat can vary in length from one to several days and will be determined by the needs identified in the initial consultation and assessment meeting.

To learn more

For more information please contact UCS’s director of Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Lori Vadakin:, (802) 442-5491.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course which teaches participants an action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions, and secure appropriate care for the individual. The program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. 


MHFA is designed for anyone age 18 and older and should be completed in one or two sessions. 

YMHFA is an 8-hour course that teaches adults how to help a youth who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. This training helps participants identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and addictions. 

YMHFA is designed for anyone age 18 and older. 

This is an 8-hour curriculum and should be completed in one or two sessions.

Other trainings available upon request. 

  • Collaborative Network Approach (CNA)
  • Substance Youth 
  • Suicide Awareness and Prevention