2021 Webinar Series

“Rising to New Criminal Justice Challenges”

Workshop #2
Responding to Human Trafficking and Exploitation

July 21, 2021

12:30 pm-2:00 pm

This training will provide an overview of indicators of potential human trafficking and exploitation including commercial sexual trafficking and labor trafficking, and strategies and resources for working with potential victim/survivors of human trafficking and exploitation. This workshop will also highlight the collaborative work of a Consortium Project to address human trafficking in central Maine involving Maine Probation Region III and multiple direct service providers utilizing a comprehensive model.

Workshop Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to identify at least 3 examples of human trafficking and exploitation they may see in their caseloads/work.

2. Participants will be able to identify at least 3 strategies they can utilize when working with a potential victim/survivor of human trafficking.

3. Participants will be able to identify at least 3 ways they can assist potential victim/survivors with addressing their basic needs.


Carey Nason, LCSW, LADC, CCS. MSW

Carey Nason is the Executive Director of Saint Andre Home, a non-profit organization that has served women, children and families in need for over 80 years.


Kate Stearns-Luce, LMSW-CC. MSW

Kate Stearns-Luce is the Director of CourageLIVES, a branch of Saint Andre Home, serving survivors and their families of human trafficking, exploitation, and domestic and sexual violence.

Workshops will be held on ZOOM

CEU & Attendance Certificates Available

Free Training Opportunity

Registration is Open!

Workshop #1

Peer Support Team Benefits for First Responders

This webinar was recorded on May 26, 2021.  You may view the training anytime on our YouTube Channel.

Training Certificates for the recorded training are available to

current NECCD Members

Team leaders from the Vermont Department of Corrections (DOC) Peer Support Team, along with the wellness clinician will give an overall view of the DOC Peer Support Program. We will focus on the evolution of the team, the role of peer support and the types of interventions offered by the team. These interventions are designed to help manage the ongoing daily stressors and critical incidents experienced by all employees of DOC. We will review the training methods used and will welcome questions following the presentation.


1. Give an overview of Peer Support within the Department of Corrections

2. Provide information on what a peer support team offers.

3. Training involved in starting and maintaining a peer support team.


Lori Gurney, MS , CTS, CCISM

Lori Gurney is a Clinical Psychologist, licensed in the State of Vermont. She has been working with first responders for approximately 15 years and has been in private practice for 20 years. Lori is a Certified Trauma Specialist, Certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CCISM), Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Certified in HeartMath. She currently is contracted with the Vermont Department of Public Safety as the Managing Clinician and with the Department of Corrections as the Wellness Coordinator.

Christian Ryan Pagano, VT DOC Correctional Service Specialist and VT DOC Team Leader for the Peer Support Team

Christian Ryan Pagano

Christian Ryan Pagano is a 2013 graduate of the University of Vermont, BA in English. He was hired as a Temporary Correctional Officer in August 2015, and became permanent Correctional Officer I, in October 2015. He was promoted to Correctional Officer II in July 2017. In March of 2018, Christian was promoted to Corrections Service Specialist. He is a former member of the VT DOC Special Response Team, a Peer Support member since 2018, Peer Support Squad Leader and in January of 2020 promoted to Peer Support Team Leader.

NECCD is excited to launch our 2021 Webinar Series

bringing you relevant training opportunities as we navigate new challenges.

The NECCD Training Institute will return to Hyannis, MA October 16-19, 2022


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