Develop your leadership skills!

The New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) is pleased to announce the 4th cohort of the Leadership Development Program (LDP) for addictions professionals from across the continuum of care. The LDP has been designed by Peter Smith, MBA, an expert in leadership development, with input from a committee of addictions professionals. This program will focus on key leadership skills using a range of learning methods designed to 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. The goal is 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.
  • Provide a learning experience that will ‘accelerate’ leadership development to complement work experience.

Developing effective leaders is of particular importance as the profession faces the overdose crisis, a changing behavioral healthcare landscape, and the impending retirement of many "baby boom" generation leaders.


The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is for emerging leaders from the addictions prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery profession in New England as well as behavioral healthcare, criminal justice, and other healthcare professionals. Criteria that define an emerging leader for this program include:

  • Current (or previous) work experience in a supervisory or managerial capacity or role; this experience need not be exclusively in the addictions profession. Applicants without prior supervisory experience may be considered if they demonstrate exceptional qualities and potential for leadership roles.
  • Operational management skills that include employee supervision, goal setting, budgeting, and/or managing financial resources.
  • Have been identified as possessing exceptional leadership potential by others within the profession.

NOTE: Acceptance to this program is subject to a selection process based on target audience objectives and is not guaranteed.
Continuing Education Credits:

This training has been approved by the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center, as a National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Approved Education Provider, for 54 educational credits (CE), NAADAC Provider #62652. This training has also been approved by the Connecticut Certification Board for 54 continuing education credits (The CCB is an IC&RC affiliate). 

Meet our lead trainers
Peter Smith

Since 1988, Peter has worked with senior managers, management and work teams, committees and work groups to help them achieve the results they want. Results that 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 strives to listen and help the client diagnose what is working and what needs to be changed. This approach coupled with depth and breadth of experience enables him to create tailored consulting processes that work. 
Lori Weaver

Lori is the Associate Commissioner of Operations at the New Hampshire Department of Health
and Human Services (DHHS) with a strong focus on training and leadership development across all levels with other state agencies. Prior to joining DHHS, Lori worked for several nonprofit agencies and served as a Director of Residential Services for children and youth in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Drawing upon 22+ years of leadership roles, Lori has demonstrated expertise and success in achieving shared organizational goals and objectives.
Haner Hernandez

Haner 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, and recovery support programs. Haner also 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, and recovery support.
TA Level: Intensive Technical Assistance