Building Bridges Initiative Fall Training Event

June 16, 2017

The Building Bridges Initiative Fall Training Event
October 4-6, 2017
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 123 Old River Road
Andover, MA 01810

Registration is now open!

Purpose: To increase participant’s ability to use and/or support implementation of best practices in both residential and community settings that result in sustained positive outcomes for youth and families who receive a residential intervention. Attendees will leave the training event with practical strategies to improve policies and practices in their programs (residential and/or community) or agencies (oversight/funding), as well as with an understanding of business strategies to transform agencies operating residential programs to ensure long-term success.

Who will benefit: There will be training sessions to support oversight and funding/policy leaders and staff; sessions to support residential/community executives, leaders, clinical staff, advocates and family members.  Adolescents with residential experiences, who are interested in learning about best practices, will also find some sessions of interest.  It is recommended that teams of leaders/staff/ advocates/families/adolescents from the same oversight agency/program attend the event together.  A collective team approach will promote a stronger learning opportunity and ability to implement strategies and tools learned within the program or oversight agency.

Registration rates

  • Full training Program: $395
  • Single Day Rate: $200
  • Presenters will receive a discounted rate of $295
  • Introduction to BBI on October 3rd, 2- 5 p.m.:  $50 (free w/ paid full registration of $395)

To register for the training, please go to: 

There is limited scholarship funding available for family members and youth. To receive an application please contact Kelly Pipkins-Burt at

To reserve your hotel room:
Our host, American Training, Inc., has worked with the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Andover, MA tosecure a great hotel room rate ($152/night plus tax – which includes breakfast).  These rates are available on a first-come first-serve basis so make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.  

To receive the discounted room rate please have a credit card available and register via Booking Link:

or call the Double Tree at 978-975-3600 or 800-445-8667 by September 5, 2017 and indicate that you are with the Building Bridges Initiative – 2017 Fall Training Event.  To register for extra nights (i.e. before or after the conference) @ the low rate, you must call the hotel.

Training Schedule:  A full agenda and list of presenters will be included soon!

Tuesday, October 3rd 

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Welcome to BBI: This Training Session is for those new to BBI.

Wednesday, October 4th

8:30 am -5:00 pm: Training Program; 5:00-6:30 pm: Welcome Reception

Thursday, October 5th

8:30 am – 5:00pm: Training Program


Friday, October 6th

8:30 am– 12 Noon: Training Program


Questions: contact Sherri Hammack:

BBI has received some funding to support registration costs for leaders from minority led residential organizations and minority led community organizations that interface with residential programs.  Please contact Kelly Pipkins-Bert at for more information.

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