It's Time!

VCP will be holding its annual VIRTUAL conference on March 10th 2022. The goal is to promote sharing and training for providers across the spectrum who are supporting individuals with diverse needs, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The focus will be on the following areas: equity and cultural responsiveness, resilience, racial and societal trauma, reimagining service delivery, and self-determination. Conference attendees will include: health and human services providers, economic service providers, first responders, educators, state officials, faith leaders, community leaders, peers, translators, and more.

Conference Objectives

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore:

  • Innovative programs and services that support individuals, families, and communities whose needs fall across health and human services
  • Supports and services provided in the context of, or that emerged in response to, the global pandemic (COVID-19)
  • Sociocultural trauma and racial trauma
  • Social contributors of health that affect the overall well-being of all people in the context of COVID-19
  • Self-care and compassion fatigue
  • Cultural and linguistic responsiveness

How VFairs Work?

  1. After registering, you will receive information prior to March 10th to login to the conference
  2. On March 10th, login by 8:45 and explore the conference
  3. Explore the virtual hall, exhibit all, lounge and auditorium

Join, enjoy, learn and connect!


This year's featured speakers!

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “Using Self, Community, and Organizational Care to Combat Vicarious Trauma and Burnout”

We are pleased to announce that Thema Bryant, PhD will be providing the keynote for this year’s conference. Dr. Bryant is a licensed psychologist who has worked nationally and globally to provide relief and empowerment to marginalized persons. She is past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women and a past American Psychological Association (APA) representative to the United Nations, as well as the incoming president-elect of the APA. Bryant has been honored by the APA; the Institute of Violence, Abuse, and Trauma; and the California Psychological Association for her contributions to psychology. A professor at Pepperdine University, she earned her undergraduate and doctorate degrees in psychology from Duke University, and completed her postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. Bryant has served as a mental health media consultant for numerous print, radio, and television outlets, and is host of The Homecoming Podcast. Her forthcoming book is Homecoming. To learn more visit

Dr. Dana E. Crawford

Dr. Dana E. Crawford is a clinical psychologist who developed the Crawford Bias Reduction Theory & Training (CBRT), a systematic approach to reducing bias, prejudice, and racism. She has a thriving private practice in Manhattan and has treated patients with high incidences of trauma in Philadelphia, Cincinnati, New Orleans, San Antonio, the Bronx, and New York City. Dr. Crawford is currently a Scholar in Residence at Columbia University in the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute.

Melissa Brymer, Psy.D., Ph.D.

Melissa Brymer, Ph.D, Psy.D. is Director of the Terrorism and Disaster Program of the UCLA/Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress and its National Child Traumatic Stress Network. In this capacity, Dr. Brymer been involved with the development of acute interventions, assessment, and educational materials in the area of terrorism, disasters, public health emergencies, and school crises. She is one of the primary authors of NCTSN/NCPTSD Psychological First Aid and Skills for Psychological Recovery and has served as a consultant for many Federal, state, and local agencies across the country and internationally after disasters, terrorism, school shootings, and other mass emergencies.

Doug Wysockey-Johnson

Doug Wysockey-Johnson is the Executive Director of Lumunos Wellbeing ( Lumunos Wellbeing is a 90 year old nonprofit based in VT that creates resiliency programs for physicians, nurses and other front line health care workers around the United States . Lumunos Wellbeing has a particular focus on peer support, hospital culture, leadership, team building, resiliency strategies and work/life ‘balance’. In this work, Doug has worked in numerous hospital systems in Vermont and around the country. Doug is a founding board member of the Coalition for Physician Well Being


9:00 – 10:15

What about us? Promoting self-care in others by exploring our own self-care practices


Doug Wysockey-Johnson is the Executive

9:00 – 10:15

Using Food to Support Mental Health for All


Julie Davis, MS RD CD

9:00 – 10:15

Listening Session: Breaking Down Barriers within the System of Care


Merry Postemski

Zach Hozid

Jill Rudge

10:15 – 11:45

Moving From Bias Awareness to Action Using The Crawford Bias Reduction Theory & Training (CBRT)


Dr. Dana E. Crawford

10:30 – 11:45

Art as a wellness practice


Jen Berger

10:30 – 11:45

Confident Care for Neuro-Diverse Vermonters


Kirsten Murphy

Charlotte Safran

Jennifer Haselman

Jamie Rainville

Melissa Houser, MD

12 – 12:15

VCP Centers of Excellence Celebration of Washington County Mental Health

12:15 – 1:15

Keynote Title: Using Self, Community, and Organizational Care to Combat Vicarious Trauma and Burnout


Thema Bryant, PhD,

1:30 – 4:15

Supporting the Long-term Impact of COVID-19 in Our Communities


Melissa Brymer, Ph.D, Psy.D.

1:30 – 2:45

BIPOC Affinity Space


Dr. Dottie Morris

1:30 – 2:45

Cultural and Linguistic Competence Learning Community for Developmental Service (DS) agencies


Mary Alice Favro

Tedra Jackson

Robert Sheehan

Sheryl Weir

3:00 – 4:15

Overcoming racial bias in the delivery of mental health services


Wilda White

3:00 – 4:15

Ableism and Violence: A Plain Language Guide


Karen Topper

Max Barrows

Hasan Ko

Frequently Asked Questions

The conference has been approved for 6 continuing education units for Vermont social work, Vermont allied mental health providers, and Vermont licensed alcohol and drug counselors. CEU’s are pending for Vermont Psychologists.
Conference attendees will include: health and human services providers, economic service providers, first responders, educators, state officials, faith leaders, community leaders, peers, translators, and more.