The New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center (New England ATTC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Leadership Development Program (LDP) for addictions professionals from all elements of the continuum of care. The LDP has been designed by Peter Smith, with input from a committee of addictions professionals. This program will focus on key leadership skills using a range of learning methods designed that will increase your effectiveness immediately. 

One of the elements of this program includes the use of an intact learning community that includes participants from all aspects of care: prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery. It is the intent to create a learning community that is as diverse as possible to represent the profession and those served.

  • Address the on-going need for effective individual leadership skill development and increasing the addiction profession’s leadership capacity. This increased need for effective leadership is of particular importance as the profession faces the opioid crisis, a changing behavioral healthcare landscape, and the impending retirement of many “baby boom” generation leaders.
  • Provide a learning experience that will ‘accelerate’ leadership development to complement work experience.


The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is for emerging leaders from the addictions prevention, Intervention, treatment, and recovery profession in New England. Among the elements that define an emerging leader for this program includes:

  • People who are currently (or have previously) working in a supervisory or managerial capacity or role.
  • Work experience in a supervisory or managerial role will encompass 2-10 years; this experience need not be exclusively in the addictions profession. Applicants who demonstrate exceptional qualities and potential for leadership roles and may not yet have supervisory experience will be considered and may be admitted to the LDP. 
  • Has acquired operational management skills that include employee supervision, goal setting, and managing financial resources, including budgets.
  • People who have been identified as having exceptional leadership potential by others within the profession.

NOTE: A limited number of candidates from New England will be accepted for Leadership Development Program participation. Acceptance to this program is subject to a selection process based on target audience objectives and other criteria.
Peter Smith

Since 1988, Peter has worked with senior managers, managers, management and work teams, committees and work groups to help them achieve the results they want. These results are achieved
through a range of organizational consulting methods which may include change processes, strategic and other planning methods, team development, redesigning workflow, leadership training, and coaching. Peter’s ability to listen, help the client diagnose what is working and what needs to be changed, coupled with depth and breadth of experience that enables him to create tailored consulting processes that work is the key for clients achieving the results they want. 
Haner Hernandez

Dr. Hernández is originally from Puerto Rico, is bilingual and has worked for over 29 years in the health and human service field developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally and linguistically competent youth and adult health prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support programs. Also, Dr. Hernández has many years of experience in delivering addiction counseling and clinical supervision to professionals in the field. Furthermore, he is a professional trainer and facilitator and provides individualized technical assistance and support to organizations that provide addiction prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery supports.