Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR)

Two Dates - Two Locations

April 10, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn
April 18, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport

Program Overview: SPR is an evidence informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults and families in the weeks and months following disaster and exposure to trauma. This training offers SPR with a skills development approach, useful after the time when Psychological First Aid is utilized. SPR is designed to foster effective coping with post-disaster stresses by utilizing several core skill sets to promote the recovery of survivors, prevent maladaptive behaviors and prioritize a survivors’ resilience while focusing on individual needs and capabilities.

• Protect the mental health of disaster survivors
• Enhance survivors’ abilities to address their needs and
• Teach skills to promote the recovery of survivors
• Prevent maladaptive behaviors while identifying and
prioritizing a survivor’s needs

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify and prioritize survivor’s needs
2. Assist survivors in learning core skills by teaching: 
• Problem-solving skills
• Promoting positive activities
• Managing reactions
• Promoting helpful thinking
• Rebuilding healthy social connections

This is a skills-based training that presents the concepts developed by The National Center for PTSD and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, and authored by (in alphabetical order): Berkowitz, S., Bryand, R., Brymer, M., Hamblen, J., Jacobs, A., Layne, C., Macy, R., Osofsky, H., Pynoos, R., Ruzek, J., Steinberg, A., Vernberg, E., & Watson, P. in Skills for Psychological Recovery: Field Operations Guide, (2010).

Intended Audience: Mental health and substance abuse providers, nurses, counselors, social workers, spiritual care providers, first responders, and other individuals who wish to learn more about the behavioral health response to disasters or are interested in joining the Maine Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team.

About the Trainer: 

Marylenaa Chaisson, LCPC
Registered Disaster Behavioral Health Volunteer and Trainer

Marylena is a registered Disaster Behavioral Health Volunteer and Trainer as well as the owner of Peace Moving Forward Holistic Welness Center in Wilton. She is a clinical mental health counselor who has worked in rural, under-resources Maine communities for over 10 years. She emphasizes holistic wellness in her private practice and also in her work supervising case managers for Health Affiliates of Maine. 


Registration fee: $35 (includes morning beverages, lite lunch, and continuing education)

  • Fee Waiver available and granted upon verification of status as a Registered Disaster Behavioral Health Volunteer and/or Registered Maine Responds Volunteers 

Payment Methods Payable to: AdCare Maine
Check, Agency PO, Credit Card or Cash paid at the door. Registration fee or agency PO must be received before admission to the training. 

Special Accommodations: Deadline for registration is 2 weeks before the training dates. American Sign Language Interpreter, assistive listening devices or other accommodations available upon request. Conference site is ADA compliant. 

Confirmation: Registration confirmation and site directions will be emailed one week prior to the training.

Cancellation: Cancellations must be received in writing at least 48 hours before the start of the training. Late cancellations and No shows will be charged the full $35 fee.

Questions: Visit the Disaster Behavioral Health website or contact AdCare at:
Ph: 207.626.3615 TTY Relay Service dial 711

For more information about Maine’s DBH Activities in Maine, contact: Kathleen Wescott, Disaster Behavioral Health Director, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Maine CDC Tel: 287-3796 Email:


Training supported by AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, a Maine CDC Partner.

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