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We believe that a meaningful integration of research, theory and practice is required to address the complex needs of our clients. At The Connection, we have created the conditions to realize this vision – by integrating and embedding internationally-renowned researchers into our direct care programs. The Institute was founded in 2010 and maintains its own Institutional Review Board, approved by the Department of Health and Human Services, to ensure that our projects protect the privacy, dignity and safety of all research participants.

 

The Connection Training Sessions

The Connection provides quality training and professional development designed to promote excellence in the human services field. Our Fall/Winter catalog is now available and enrollment is open for all sessions.

Click the cover image below to browse the full training catalog — which includes important information about our policies and registration, and also includes descriptions and presenter information. To register, click on the course titles below and select a training date.

Don’t see what you are looking for in our catalog? The Institute for Innovative Practice at The Connection can partner with you to create professional development courses that are specific to your organizational needs. Please contact Director of Training and Practice, Michele Klimczak, MA, LMSW for more information.

Click to view/download the 2019–2020 Training Catalog

Professional Development Courses:

Cultural Considerations While Working with Clients and Coworkers


January 8, 2020 (9:00am – 4:00pm)

100 Roscommon Drive, Suite 203, Middletown, CT

Essential Skills for the Human Service Professional


October 29 and 30, 2019 (9:00am – 3:00pm)

100 Roscommon Drive, Suite 203, Middletown, CT

Exceptional Customer Service


November 8, 2019, (9:30am – 1:30pm)
48 Howe Street, First Floor, New Haven, CT or

December 11, 2019 (9:30am – 1:30pm)
100 Roscommon Drive, Suite 203, Middletown, CT

Fresh Out: Barriers for Working with Formerly Incarcerated Individuals


October 24, 2019 (9:00am – 1:00pm)

100 Roscommon Drive, Suite 203, Middletown, CT

How to Recover from Setbacks and Embrace Change


December 5, 2019 (10:00am – 12:00pm)

100 Roscommon Drive, Suite 203, Middletown, CT

Mental Health First Aid Training

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training: Cultivating a Respectful Workplace


October 16, 2019 (1:00pm – 3:00pm)

100 Roscommon Drive, Suite 203, Middletown, CT

Clinical Best Practice Courses:

Best Practices for Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder


January 24, 2020 (9:00am – 12:00pm)

100 Roscommon Drive, Suite 203, Middletown, CT

Motivational Interviewing Fundamentals


January 16 and 17, 2020 (9:00am – 4:00pm)

100 Roscommon Drive, Suite 203, Middletown, CT

Motivational Interviewing One-Day Refresher


October 3, 2019 (9:00am – 4:00pm)

100 Roscommon Drive, Suite 203, Middletown, CT

Stages of Change: Practical Application


November 21, 2019 (9:00am – 4:00pm)

100 Roscommon Drive, Suite 203, Middletown, CT


Questions about our trainings?

Contact Nikita Joslyn, Training & Staff Development Specialist at 860 343-5500 x2110


Research & Reports

The Institute for Innovative Practice conducts and sponsors a range of research studies and collaborative projects. You can read more about these projects below. Every project championed by the Institute is designed to improve the lives of our clients and their communities.




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Key Personnel

First Lastname (Their Title Here)

Charles Barber (Co-Director)
Charles Barber, M.F.A., is the Co-Director and Founder of The Connection Institute for Innovative Practice. He is also a visiting writer at Wesleyan and a lecturer in Psychiatry at Yale University. He is the author of Songs from the Black Chair: A Memoir of Mental Interiors (University of Nebraska Press), Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry is Medicating a Nation (Random House), and the forthcoming Citizen Outlaw: A Gangster’s Journey (HarperCollins). He has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, and Salon, and received the Pushcart Prize. He worked for many years in shelters, supportive housing programs and halfway houses in New York City and Connecticut.

First Lastname (Their Title Here)

Charles Barber (Co-Director)
Charles Barber, M.F.A., is the Co-Director and Founder of The Connection Institute for Innovative Practice. He is also a visiting writer at Wesleyan and a lecturer in Psychiatry at Yale University. He is the author of Songs from the Black Chair: A Memoir of Mental Interiors (University of Nebraska Press), Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry is Medicating a Nation (Random House), and the forthcoming Citizen Outlaw: A Gangster’s Journey (HarperCollins). He has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, and Salon, and received the Pushcart Prize. He worked for many years in shelters, supportive housing programs and halfway houses in New York City and Connecticut.

First Lastname (Their Title Here)

Charles Barber (Co-Director)
Charles Barber, M.F.A., is the Co-Director and Founder of The Connection Institute for Innovative Practice. He is also a visiting writer at Wesleyan and a lecturer in Psychiatry at Yale University. He is the author of Songs from the Black Chair: A Memoir of Mental Interiors (University of Nebraska Press), Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry is Medicating a Nation (Random House), and the forthcoming Citizen Outlaw: A Gangster’s Journey (HarperCollins). He has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, and Salon, and received the Pushcart Prize. He worked for many years in shelters, supportive housing programs and halfway houses in New York City and Connecticut.

First Lastname (Their Title Here)

Charles Barber (Co-Director)
Charles Barber, M.F.A., is the Co-Director and Founder of The Connection Institute for Innovative Practice. He is also a visiting writer at Wesleyan and a lecturer in Psychiatry at Yale University. He is the author of Songs from the Black Chair: A Memoir of Mental Interiors (University of Nebraska Press), Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry is Medicating a Nation (Random House), and the forthcoming Citizen Outlaw: A Gangster’s Journey (HarperCollins). He has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, and Salon, and received the Pushcart Prize. He worked for many years in shelters, supportive housing programs and halfway houses in New York City and Connecticut.

 

First Lastname (Their Title Here)

Charles Barber (Co-Director)
Charles Barber, M.F.A., is the Co-Director and Founder of The Connection Institute for Innovative Practice. He is also a visiting writer at Wesleyan and a lecturer in Psychiatry at Yale University. He is the author of Songs from the Black Chair: A Memoir of Mental Interiors (University of Nebraska Press), Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry is Medicating a Nation (Random House), and the forthcoming Citizen Outlaw: A Gangster’s Journey (HarperCollins). He has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, and Salon, and received the Pushcart Prize. He worked for many years in shelters, supportive housing programs and halfway houses in New York City and Connecticut.

First Lastname (Their Title Here)

Charles Barber (Co-Director)
Charles Barber, M.F.A., is the Co-Director and Founder of The Connection Institute for Innovative Practice. He is also a visiting writer at Wesleyan and a lecturer in Psychiatry at Yale University. He is the author of Songs from the Black Chair: A Memoir of Mental Interiors (University of Nebraska Press), Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry is Medicating a Nation (Random House), and the forthcoming Citizen Outlaw: A Gangster’s Journey (HarperCollins). He has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, and Salon, and received the Pushcart Prize. He worked for many years in shelters, supportive housing programs and halfway houses in New York City and Connecticut.

First Lastname (Their Title Here)

Charles Barber (Co-Director)
Charles Barber, M.F.A., is the Co-Director and Founder of The Connection Institute for Innovative Practice. He is also a visiting writer at Wesleyan and a lecturer in Psychiatry at Yale University. He is the author of Songs from the Black Chair: A Memoir of Mental Interiors (University of Nebraska Press), Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry is Medicating a Nation (Random House), and the forthcoming Citizen Outlaw: A Gangster’s Journey (HarperCollins). He has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, and Salon, and received the Pushcart Prize. He worked for many years in shelters, supportive housing programs and halfway houses in New York City and Connecticut.

First Lastname (Their Title Here)

Charles Barber (Co-Director)
Charles Barber, M.F.A., is the Co-Director and Founder of The Connection Institute for Innovative Practice. He is also a visiting writer at Wesleyan and a lecturer in Psychiatry at Yale University. He is the author of Songs from the Black Chair: A Memoir of Mental Interiors (University of Nebraska Press), Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry is Medicating a Nation (Random House), and the forthcoming Citizen Outlaw: A Gangster’s Journey (HarperCollins). He has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, and Salon, and received the Pushcart Prize. He worked for many years in shelters, supportive housing programs and halfway houses in New York City and Connecticut.

Research Associates

First Lastname (Their Title Here)

Charles Barber (Co-Director)
Charles Barber, M.F.A., is the Co-Director and Founder of The Connection Institute for Innovative Practice. He is also a visiting writer at Wesleyan and a lecturer in Psychiatry at Yale University. He is the author of Songs from the Black Chair: A Memoir of Mental Interiors (University of Nebraska Press), Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry is Medicating a Nation (Random House), and the forthcoming Citizen Outlaw: A Gangster’s Journey (HarperCollins). He has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, and Salon, and received the Pushcart Prize. He worked for many years in shelters, supportive housing programs and halfway houses in New York City and Connecticut.


We welcome your interest. For more information and to become involved in our work, please contact Charles Barber, Institute Director, at (860) 343-5500 x1050 or at cbarber@theconnectioninc.org.

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