September 3, 2015

Treatment at Lund: A Closer Look

Posted in Program Spotlight, Residential, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services tagged , , , , , , , at 4:07 pm by Lund

When you ask about treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders at Lund, you might hear the following answer.  Lund’s treatment programs are family centered, strengths based, and trauma informed. Lund uses a variety of treatment techniques, approaches and models based on the needs of the client but all are informed by those three important tenets.   This sounds pretty logical and correlates with other things you might have heard about what sort of programs produce the best outcomes but what do these terms really mean?

Family Centered:

The focus of family centered treatment is creating and maintaining healthy connections to others, especially children and other family members.  Such treatment provides a full array of services to tackle the problems that women and their family members must overcome in order to reduce substance use and improve individual and family outcomes.   The goal of family centered treatment is to create a healthy family system with good structure, appropriate roles for each family member, and good communication that allows the family to function well as a unit while concurrently supporting the needs of each individual member.

Family-centered treatment includes both clinical treatment, and community support services addressing substance use, mental health, physical health, and developmental, social, economic, educational and environmental needs for women and their families.  This sort of treatment is highly individualized based on the needs of the family and changes as those needs change.  Participation and length of involvement can look different for each family member.

Women live with their child or children at Lund’s Glen Road facility while they receive treatment.  Not only do they work to address their substance abuse or mental health challenges but they learn parenting skills and are connected to Lund’s job training, education and other family support services.


Relationships are key in Lund’s treatment approach

Strengths Based: 

The very simple definition of this approach is self evident in the phrase – emphasis and focus on a client’s strengths.  The idea is to identify what is going well, do more of it and then build on it.  The core belief of a strengths based approach is that everybody has strengths and has the capacity for growth and change. The focus is not on the deficits or perceived failures of the client but on positive future outcomes.

Trauma Informed:

Many women who come to Lund have suffered from trauma in their past due to substance use, domestic violence or other physical abuse, sexual abuse, childhood abuse or neglect, poverty, criminal activity or other complications of life as an addict.

A trauma informed treatment approach:

  • recognizes the widespread impact of trauma on every aspect of someone’s life
  • supports clinicians, social workers and others who work with the client to identify the signs and symptoms of trauma
  • integrates the knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures and practices at the organization
  • actively works to avoid re-traumatization

Safety, trust, transparency, peer support, empowerment and collaboration are key values at the forefront of trauma informed treatment.

Between July 1st, 2014 and June 30th, 2015, 67 women received treatment at our residential facility while living with their 74 children who also received developmentally appropriate services.  65 young parents, mostly mothers but 4 fathers were also treated, accessed our community based outpatient substance abuse treatment services.  81% of women discharging from our residential treatment and 75% of participants discharging from our community programs showed a decrease in frequency of use.  These percentages are higher than national averages.

Lund helps parents in recovery to change their lives and supports them as they seek to realize the hopes and dreams that they have for their children.  Our talented, compassionate and dedicated employees are constantly pursuing training and educational opportunities in their fields because they are committed to working towards the best possible outcomes for the women, children and families at Lund.

As one client says, “The reason I keep going is for my daughter. All my work is centered around her and giving her the life I didn’t have. The work that I do at here Lund is so I can continue to raise her. I learn and practice parenting skills so I can best meet her needs. I want to get back on my feet and have my own place with my daughter. I want to put my legal past behind me. I want to provide for her to the best of my abilities. Lund is helping me do all of that.”

June 14, 2013

Seeking Help and Finding Hope – Leah’s Story

Posted in Independence Place, New Horizons Educational Program, Residential tagged , , , , , at 2:04 pm by Lund

When I was 18 and a senior in high school, I became a statistic; a statistic that would affect me for the rest of my life. At age 18 I became one of the 34% of teen girls in the US to become pregnant before age 20.  Shortly after becoming pregnant with my son Ryan, my high school principal informed me that I could not graduate with my class due to excessive absences. Despite the fact that my sporadic attendance was due to hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme morning sickness) and was documented by medical professionals, I was being refused the safety net that a high school diploma ensures. I was discouraged but not completely deterred.  I found Lund, then known as the Lund Family Center (LFC).

"I remained dedicated to the promise I had made my children; to better our lives."

“I remained dedicated to the promise I had made my children; to better our lives.”

It was through Lund that I sought help and found hope. Within 2 days of finding out the devastating news that I could not continue enrollment with my high school, Lund took me in. I became a resident and began receiving many valuable life changing resources. These resources ranged from parenting classes, andlife skills classes, to the New Horizons Education Program. With the assistance of Lund, I finished my high school education on time. I even received my high school diploma and was permitted to walk with my class from my original school.

After giving birth to Ryan, I transitioned to Lund’s Independence Place (IP) Community.  Independence Place is a transitional housing program.   It was here that I found the spirit and encouragement to pursue college. The IP Community gave me a safe and secure place to begin raising my son. The staff members here helped me overcome obstacles, assisted me in locating community resources, and even helped me plan a better future for my family. It was while I lived here that I first began the pursuit of my college education.

My life continued to follow a checkered path and I had two more children over the next 8 years. Yet I was still determined to succeed for the sake of all my boys.  When my third son Davis was only 3 weeks old I began my education at a local university. This is perhaps one of the craziest yet smartest things I have ever decided to do. Although I was alone, fatigued, scared, and overwhelmed I remained dedicated to the promise I had made my children; to better our lives. There were nights in which I received 2 hours of sleep or less, there were days in which I ate absolutely nothing, and there were months in which I had no money to pay our bills and would get multiple shut-off or eviction notices. I somehow remained optimistic though, that if I had made it this far, I could make it the rest of the way drawing on the skills that I had learned during my time at Lund.

I recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and am employed in great job with a company.   It feels good to say that I am now completely self-sufficient and am able to provide for my children.  I am able to model to my children the importance of an education and that all things are possible.   I know I have given my children the courage and determination for a better future.

You can help other women like Leah find hope.  Please support Lund.  Make a donation today.

May 3, 2013

Kath Laing – Employee of the Quarter

Posted in Awards, Employees, Grants tagged , , , at 7:30 pm by Lund

Kim, Kath and Beth - April 2013.

Kim, Kath and Beth – April 2013.

Kim Coe, Director of Residential and Community Treatment and Beth Knox, Director of Development, were delighted to present the ‘Employee of the Quarter’ Award to Kath Laing, Grants and Contracts Manager this past Tuesday at Lund’s Glen Road residential treatment facility.  Kath was celebrated for her hard work across many different programs at Lund and her unwavering commitment to the mission.  Of the award she says, “I am very happy that my contributions seem to be making a positive impact at Lund.  I am honored to be nominated by both Beth and Kim as I spend much of my time working across departments on initiatives to develop Lund as an organization.”

Kath has had a very busy quarter working on various special projects in addition to researching and writing many grants.  She was instrumental in presenting Lund at the state legislature in Montpelier in March, helping Lund to secure and begin implementation of new software to effectively track programmatic outcomes,  and helping Dr. Molly Rideout with the presentation that she made at Fletcher Allen’s Grand Rounds.  Kath moves at speed in everything she does and her work truly spreads across every aspect of Lund.

Beth says, “Kath listens deeply and is a highly valued team member across departments.  She understands Lund in a comprehensive way that makes her extremely effective in her work.  Kath’s passion for Lund’s mission and Lund’s potential is evident and she strives to learn ways to create sustainable, effective, positive change within Lund.”

Kath spends her time and energy in so many different ways that benefit every client at Lund as well as every staff member yet can also be found covering the front desk and helping to stuff envelopes!  She really is a team player.

Kath has worked at Lund for a little over two years and when not working she enjoys spending time outside with her three children.

March 15, 2013

Exciting Days at Lund–50 Joy Drive Capital Campaign Video

Posted in Capital Campaign tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:20 pm by Lund

Produced by Cat Cutillo
We are halfway to our goal of $3,500,000.

Your support will enable us to continue to help children thrive–contributions of $250 and up will be recognized within the building.

For 122 years Lund has been a stalwart supporter of Vermont’s children and families, helping break cycles of abuse, poverty and addiction. Our new facility at 50 Joy Drive, South Burlington, is home to nationally-acclaimed programs in adoption, early childhood and parent education, and life skills and job training programs.

CONTACT: David Huntington, Associate Campaign Director
(802) 861-2571 or

January 4, 2013

“In A Heartbeat” Jamie Tourangeau

Posted in "In A Heartbeat", Employees tagged , , , , , , , , , at 7:51 pm by Lund

Written & Produced by Cat Cutillo/Lund

“IN A HEARTBEAT” is a video series on Lund’s culture, profiling staff, board members, interns, volunteers, donors and anyone or anything else Lund-centric and at the heart of Lund’s mission.

This episode profiles Jamie Tourangeau, Lund’s Human Resources Manager, who has been working at Lund for 12 years.

“I am inspired everyday by our staff and the work that they do, and I really enjoy being apart of something that’s bigger than myself,” says Tourangeau.

January 2, 2013

Katelyn Rinaldi Awarded Employee of the Quarter

Posted in Employees tagged , , , , at 5:41 pm by Lund

IMG_1203_blogKatelyn Rinaldi was awarded Lund’s ‘Employee of the Quarter’ for her outstanding work as a Family Educator.

“Katelyn has gone over and above her responsibilities as a family educator to improve the quantity and quality of parent support and education at Lund,” said Kim Coe, Lund’s Director of Residential and Community Treatment Programs.

Some of Rinaldi’s most recent achievements have been improving the dinnertime experience for families, leading the parent attachment and attunement program ‘Mommy & Me’ and working intensely with two families that required advanced support.

“Katelyn is reflective, supportive of her colleagues and has a smile on her face almost every day, even when she’s worked late into the night the day before,” said Coe.

Rinaldi began working for Lund in August of 2009 as a Childcare Teacher before transitioning into a Family Educator, and said she was shocked and honored by the recognition.

“It’s awesome. I just feel really honored. You can’t work here without the support of the other people who are here. It makes the difference. You need that support of your co-workers,” said Rinaldi after receiving the award.

March 15, 2011

5 Things To Know About Lund’s Residential Treatment Program

Posted in Residential tagged , , , , at 2:48 pm by Lund

1. How are women admitted to Lund Family Center’s Residential Treatment Program?

Glen Road
Lund’s Residential Treatment Program serves women ages 12-28 throughout Vermont who are pregnant or parenting with diagnosed mental health or substance abuse issues. Diagnosis is carried out through a formatted assessment structure involving a face-to-face interview in addition to extensive background checks. Lund must receive state approval before admitting clients based on their respective diagnostic status. Of the women referred to Lund through Corrections, Lund accepts non-violent offenders who have not physically or sexually abused their children. Lund asks women admitted to the Residential Treatment Program to make a three month commitment. The average length of stay is four- six months, and the average age of women being served is 19-20 years old.

Lund operates an Assessment Bed Program, supported by a grant with the Vermont Department of Children and Families (DCF), to carry out a 30-day mental health and substance abuse evaluation of patients while they maintain a normal routine. At the end of the period, Lund staff makes a recommendation whether a woman is safe with her child or if she requires a higher level of care. There are two Assessment Beds Lund.

2. What happens to children of mother’s in Residential Care?

Glen Road Room
Lund Family Center’s Residential Treatment Program is the only program in Vermont where women receive treatment and parenting education while living with their children. Treatment is parent and child focused–parent’s pursue education while their children are observed and evaluated. Each child is assessed from point of entry by a family educator who connects the child with outside services if needed. Children are assessed formally and informally in areas such as mood, age appropriate responses and weight gain.

As a source for Lund’s patient referrals, the Agency has a strong relationship with DCF. It is important to identify the difference between DCF and Lund: DCF legally decides whether or not a parent is able to provide adequate care for his/her child and Lund provides the treatment services and parent education to make this possible. The majority of clients who complete the Residential Treatment Program leave with their children. In the event that DCF is contacted due to a compromise in the safety or well-being of a child, Lund has an iron-clad policy that the mother will be invited to be part of the process. Lund does this in order to help mothers in danger of losing their children realize what they are up against, and the changes that they must make to be successful in providing a safe living environment for their children.

3. How is a typical support team structured in the Residential Treatment Program?

Each woman is supported by a three-member team consisting of a clinician, a parent educator, and a case manager. The clinician deals directly with the mental health and substance abuse treatment of the patient. A parent educator provides the patient with the knowledge necessary to properly care for her child, paying close attention to red flags indicating impeded child development or the need for external service referrals. The case manager works with each patient and manages the recovery timeline, parent-child relations, exit date, and communicates with DCF when necessary.

4. What types of classes do women take while receiving treatment?

Women receiving treatment participate in a highly structured class schedule from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday through Friday, including a one hour lunch break and chores period. Classes are organized in three categories: psychological, psycho-educational, and educational. Classes span a variety of parent education and treatment topics including “Art Therapy,” “Seeking Safety,” “Neurobiology of Addiction,” “Money Management,” “Cooking,” and “Transition Readiness.”

5. What are some Residential Treatment goals for 2011?

One goal is to increase services available to fathers that desire to visit their partners and children at Lund’s Residential Treatment facility. Lund is currently looking for a part-time therapist to do couples therapy. Another goal that Lund has is to improve transportation between the Residential Treatment Program and the childcare facilities throughout Chittenden County where patients’ children spend their days.