CT Clearinghouse


View Recorded Webinars below:

Vaping and E-Cigarettes: Packaging Nicotine for a New Generation
Tricia Dahl helped participants learn about the most recent rates of vaping amongst teens; understand why teens are vaping; and learn what we need to do to help teens quit vaping and what is available already. Recorded on November 18, 2021.

The T in LGBTQ: Understanding Gender Diversity
Sarah A. Gilbert helped participants distinguish between gender and sex assigned at birth; conceptualize gender and expressions of it as existing on a broad spectrum rather than a binary. She also provided insight into the connections between lack of awareness, acceptance of gender diversity on mental health and substance use disorders within the trans/gender expansive community. Finally, Sarah provided action steps to be respectful and inclusive of gender diversity in professional and personal environments. Recorded on November 11, 2021.

Eating Disorders, Weight Stigma, and COVID
Janet Lydecker, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University, spoke about eating disorders, stigma and bullying around weight gain, how COVID affected those with eating disorders, and Yale's Teen Power Program. Recorded on October 14, 2021.

Music, Movement, and Mental Health...Musica, Movimiento, y Salud Mental
Tina Loarte-Rodriguez MSN, RN, CIC, CPPS, CPHRM Vice President of Nursing, Wheeler Clinic discusses the history of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the history and genres of Hispanic music and dance, explains the benefits of music and movement on health and teaches the basic steps of Merengue and Bachata. Recorded October 7, 2021

Understanding Differences Through a New Lens
This presentation with Armando Jimenez, Head of School at Covenant Preparatory, helped viewers understand the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and our roles in making changes.
Recorded on September 16, 2021.

The Evolution of Cannabis Policy and Where Prevention Fits In
Scott Gagnon, Director of the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center, provided information about the stages of cannabis legalization laws; the impact of policies on prevention; and how to approach prevention in the era of commercialized cannabis. Recorded on September 9, 2021

Supporting Anxious Children and Their Families
Rebecca Etkin, Ph.D., from Yale's Child Study Center, Anxiety and Mood Disorders Program, presents and overview of childhood anxiety disorders, including risk factors, prevalence, and outcomes; discusses a novel evidence-based treatment approach for childhood anxiety disorders; and taught specific strategies for supporting children and their families during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, with an emphasis on the return to school. Recorded on August 12, 2021

Do Ask: Providing Affirming Care for the LGBTQIA+ Community
Wheeler's Brittany Diorio helped define inclusive & affirming language; identified appropriate use of inclusive language across settings; defined inclusive and affirming spaces; identified ways to create affirming and inclusive spaces; and helped participants understand the importance of equitable access to care & facilities. Recorded on June 17, 2021. 

CT Drug Trends: Bridging the Gap Between Public Health and Public Safety
Anna Gasinski and Robert Lawlor Jr. from New England HIDTA/ORS provided an informative presentation about drug trends in Connecticut, and the public health strategies in use to help prevent overdoses and overdose deaths. Recorded on May 13, 2021.

Understanding the Impact of the Pandemic on Alcohol Use
Laurie McBreen, LPC, provided information on reasons why people drink alcohol; physical & mental effects of alcohol use; the impact of the pandemic on alcohol use; and alternative and holistic models of treatment. Recorded on April 15, 2021.

A Gut Feeling: The Relationship Between Colon Health and Mental Health
Tina Loarte Rodriguez, Vice President of Nursing, Family Health & Wellness Centers at Wheeler, and Jessica Masterson, Lead Dietitian, Family Health & Wellness Centers at Wheeler, provided information on colon health, risks for colorectal cancer, the importance of screenings, maintaining a healthy microbiome, and how mental health influences our food choices. Recorded on March 18, 2021.

Role of Prevention: Youth Gambling and Gaming
Kelly Leppard from Problem Gambling Services at DMHAS, and Kaitlin Brown from CCPG, provided this presentation on youth gambling and gaming. Recorded on March 11, 2021.

Reclaiming Our Time In The Age of Black Girl Magic: What Does It Mean for Women of Color? - AND - Black Liberation As A Public Health Protective Factor And The Impact Of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg
Wheeler Clinic's Monique Daley and Teodoro "Teo" Anderson Diaz offered these presentations for Black History Month. Recorded on February 25, 2021.

What You Need to Know About Youth Vaping
Tricia Dahl, B.S., Senior Research Assistant at Yale School of Medicine, covered information about vaping devices, why adolescents are using them, and available interventions. Recorded on February 18, 2021.

Sustaining Our Community During COVID-19 Uncertainty
Wheeler Clinic's Employee Assistance Manager, Dan Fallon, shared information to help us consciously reduce stress, boost our resilience, improve our emotional well-being, and cope with the uncharted road ahead. Recorded on January 21, 2021.

Mindful Eating: Nutrition for Stress, COVID and the Holidays
Jessica Masterson, RDN, CDE, CDN, lead dietitian for Wheeler Clinic's Health and Wellness Centers, offered an overview of nutrients, identified which foods are richest in these nutrients, and explained the role they play in health, immunity, and stress management. Find healthy recipes and cooking demos on Wheeler's Healthy Kids in the Kitchen webpageFollow Jessica when she offers her cooking demos on Facebook Live.

Understanding the Impact of and Supporting Young Children Exposed to Trauma
This presentation from November 12, 2020, featured Melissa Mendez, Wheeler Clinic's Director of Early Childhood Programs. She provided information about: different types of trauma and toxic stress that impacts child development; how young children process and understand trauma in the context of their experiences, and; approaches that can be used with children to help mitigate the impact of trauma and toxic stress on child social and emotional health.

Intimate Partner Violence COVID 19 Telecounseling Resources
Linda Blozie and Ashley Starr-Frechette from the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) offered a brief synopsis of intimate partner violence. The spoke about how COVID-19 is impacting families where violence exists in the home, and provided resources for assistance. From October 15, 2020.

Mental Health and Racial Trauma Within the Black Community in Connecticut
Presenters Kelvin Young, Yanique Grant and Janelle Posey Green provided information to help participants gain an understanding of racial trauma and how it affects Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) mental health and wellbeing. From August 20, 2020.

Prevention In a Pandemic: Focusing on What We CAN Do
Even as we face a pandemic not seen in our lifetime, there are valuable lessons from our collective past that can guide parenting and professional activities in a way to make a stressful time a period for learning and rehearsing resilience. Learn how we can help prevent mental health and substance and on the evidence based practices we can use to help clients and families now and plan for the future increase in need of prevention outreach services. Presented by Liz Jorgensen, CADC, Insight Counseling. From May 14, 2020.

Creating a New Normal: Re-Imagining a More Compassionate Future
The pandemic has shown a very bright light on the many places in our communities where we need to do a better job of caring for each other. Yet with a growing crisis of this magnitude, it’s possible for all of us who care deeply about others to become overwhelmed, burned out, and paralyzed. This unprecedented global crisis has called us to consider radical self-care not as a luxury, but an absolute necessity if we want to work in prevention sustainably and effectively over time. Presented by Dr. Brandon Nappi, from the Copper Beech Institute. From May 12, 2020.