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Monday, December 9, 2013 and Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM

161 South Beech Street, Manchester, NH 03103
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Brazelton Touchpoints

PLEASE NOTE: This training is no longer being offered. If you are interested this training, please contact us at [email protected].

On December  9 and 10, the NH Coalition to End Homelessness will host the two-day “Brazelton Touchpoints” training. Participants of the training will learn Touchpoints, an approach to working with families that recognizes that development is optimized through a healthy relationship between the parent and child.  Through recognizing key cognitive and behavioral indicators, participants will learn to strengthen the relationship between a child and parent in order to improve child wellbeing.


Stephanie Savard, LICSW, Vice President Families in Transition Read Bio
Cathy Kuhn, Ph.D., Director NH Coalition to End Homelessness Read Bio
 Kristen Valente, LICSW, Clinical Supervisor Ellis Memorial Read Bio


  • Present the Touchpoints theoretical framework. The focus will be the Touchpoints Developmental and Relational Frameworks, particularly the elements of parent-child-provider relationships in the first six years of a child’s life.
  • Illustrate particular Touchpoints practices through presentations, videotaped encounters, parent quotes, case vignettes and interactive exercises.
  • Discuss how the Touchpoints Approach can be used to benefit the child, the parents and the educator (e.g., how early childhood educators can use the Touchpoints Approach to help parents deepen their understanding of a child’s behavior and establish a more successful system of relationships for all involved).

Who Should Attend

Staff and supervisors in the following fields:

  • Early childhood educators
  • Primary early education providers
  • Child care services
  • School counselors
  • Homeless liaisons
  • Community services
  • Social workers
  • Mental healthcare
  • Housing services
  • Homeless services
  • Veteran services
  • Child and family services
  • Public healthcare
  • Clinical services
  • Case management services
  • General practice therapy
  • Addiction therapy
  • Intake and outreach work
  • Home visiting services

This training is approved for 14 LADC continuing education credits. 14 NASW and ECE continuing education credits are pending approval.

Trainer Bios

Stephanie Allain Savard

Stephanie Allain Savard is the Vice-President of Families in Transition and a New Hampshire Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Stephanie has been working on the issue of homelessness, parenting, addiction and trauma for over 15 years. At Families in Transition, Stephanie provides development and oversight of the clinical services provided to the adults, families and children the agency serves. Stephanie’s clinical specialties are homelessness, trauma, women’s issues, and clinical supervision.

She received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an Associate Degree of Science in Chemical Dependency, both from Keene State College. She was recently appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment for a three year term.  She is a trained facilitator by the Brazelton Touchpoints Center in Boston, MA.

In addition, Stephanie is member of the National Association of Social Workers, past Vice-President and current member of the NH Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, named as a 40 Under 40 Leader of New Hampshire by the Union Leader and Business Industry Association in 2004 and is a member of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Greater Manchester” Class of 2011.  Finally, Stephanie is a trained facilitator by the Brazelton Touchpoints Center in Boston, MA.

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Cathy Kuhn

Cathy Kuhn is the Director of the NH Coalition to End Homelessness.  Additionally, Cathy is the Director of Research and Training for Families in Transition and has been with FIT since 2006. In addition to grant writing and grants management, Cathy oversees all research and evaluation activities at FIT.

Cathy holds a PhD in Sociology/Urban Studies from Michigan State University, where she taught before joining FIT, as well as a Master’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Resource Development and Environmental Studies. In addition to her role at the NH Coalition to End Homelessness and FIT, Cathy is also an Adjunct Professor at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Finally, Cathy is a trained facilitator by the Brazelton Touchpoints Center in Boston, MA

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Kristen Valente

Kristen Valente is a Clinical Supervisor at Ellis Memorial in Boston, MA.  Additionally, Kristen provides counseling and therapy services at Psychotherapy Associates of North Reading and Amesbury, MA.  In addition to providing therapeutic services, Kristen oversees all clinical services being offered at Ellis Memorial, including supervision to clinical staff and interns.

Kristen holds a Masters of Social Work degree from Boston University.  Kristen also is a licensed independent clinical social worker in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  Finally, Kristen is a trained facilitator by the Brazelton Touchpoints Center in Boston, MA

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