January 22, 2020

The field of addiction care has seen several important developments in the past 10 years. Many, but not all, have been driven by efforts to respond to the nationwide opioid crisis. From my perspective, the most significant advance in the last decade has been the ‘hub and spoke’ treatment model — an innovation in addiction care that was started here in Vermont and has been adopted by a number of states across the nation.

September 10, 2019Kurt White, LADC, LICSW

Starting Now is the Retreat's intensive outpatient program (IOP) for patients recovering from addiction. But with a full range of outpatient recovery treatment services, it's more like an IOP-plus!

"We use the word 'intensive' because our patients attend between 9 and 12 hours a week of group therapy," explained Heather Humphrey-LeClaire, clinical supervisor. "And the program generally lasts from 5 to 6 weeks."

July 12, 2019

As CEO of Vermont’s largest psychiatric facility, my day-to-day thoughts tend to center on the mental health and addiction issues that impact people in Vermont and neighboring states.  Each year, thousands of adults, adolescents, and children from across the region turn to the Brattleboro Retreat in times of need, and our mission to serve them has never been more critical.

December 07, 2018

It's hard to turn on the radio or visit your favorite online news source these days without coming across a feature story or in-depth series about the state of mental health treatment here in Vermont and nationwide.

More often than not, the media pays a good deal of attention to system inadequacies, regulatory and/or clinical missteps, perceived waste, and poorly coordinated care. Fair enough.

September 05, 2018

Meet Colleen E. Carney, PhD, Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University in Toronto. In this interview with host, Gay Maxwell, Dr. Carney describes why cognitive behavioral therapy is the best treatment for insomnia.

July 08, 2018

With suicide rates on the increase locally and around the world, Naomi Rather, LMHC and Deborah Curtis, LICSW both certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapists and founders of Seacoast-eft.com, seek the expertise of Brattleboro Retreat's Chief Clinical Officer Kirk Woodring to help understand this tragic phenomenon. In this episode of The Couch, the discussion identifies connection is a protective factor against suicide.

July 03, 2018

In the past few decades our society has witnessed unprecedented change in almost every area of life. This includes our professional experiences. The work we do and the ways we carry it out bear little resemblance to what most people took for granted at the start of the new millennium.
In the field of healthcare sweeping change has taken place at lightning speed and continues to be the “new normal.”

June 10, 2018

In the past week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its most recent data on suicide rates in the U.S. Sadly, this announcement was book-ended by the deaths of two celebrities, designer Kate Spade and chef/television personality Anthony Bourdain.

March 16, 2018Vermont Department of Mental Health

The following piece published on the the website of the Vermont Department of Mental Health offers valuable insight that can help us resist the urge to entertain one-dimensional solutions to the increase in violent and antisocial behaviors across our country.


March 14, 2018

Dr. Randy O. Frost, Ph.D., discusses the current understanding of compulsive hoarding and effective ways to treat this often debilitating illness.