Special Programs


Speaker Evaluation


We are pleased to announce Livestream training in Intentional Peer Support with Burlington-based trainers to be live-streamed on Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 2-5 PM.  This training will help us to better support each other through the challenges of our profession. Veterinarians, technicians, and other veterinary staff are invited.  3 hours of Practice Management CE offered to Vermont license-holders.  There is a nominal registration fee of $15 to help cover administrative costs.


At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

- Understand some of the relationship needs of people in distress

- Describe the elements of mutual relationships

- Demonstrate connecting, listening for, and sharing worldview

This brief workshop is about how to connect with people who are in distress, or acting in ways you don't understand or that scare you, and to sit with and through discomfort as an alternative to diagnosing or calling/referring to other professionals.



 Chris Hansen - Biography:

Chris Hansen



A New Zealander by birth, Chris is the Director of Intentional Peer Support. Chris has spent twenty years involved in local, regional, national and international peer support and advocacy initiatives, and in mental health sector planning and politics from a service user perspective.   Other roles have included clinical and management roles in both inpatient and outpatient mental health services, leadership within NZ’s award-winning anti-discrimination campaign, research for the NZ Mental Health Commission, and involvement in the development of the  NZ national mental health strategic plan and workforce development strategy. Chris was a member of the New Zealand delegation to the United Nations for the development of the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; has served on the board of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry and has played a key role in the development of a number of peer-run crisis respites and alternatives.




Thank you for your generous support of this program.