Consultation Services

Since 2000, The Bridge Training Institute has provided consultation services to many organizations and schools. Our 35 years of experience, combined with a commitment to Evidence-Based Practices makes us uniquely suited to assist mental health and educational professionals.

We Provide:

  • customized training programs for clinical and direct care staff,
  • assistance designing and implementing an evidence-based practice that meets the special needs of your population and milieu,
  • assistance adapting these treatments to suit specific populations and setting such as: adolescents, individuals with developmental disabilities, parents, residential settings, schools, out-patient treatment and others,
  • staff supervision,
  • case consultation and treatment planning,
  • assistance to agency leadership to develop strategies that build funder and stakeholder commitment to evidence-based practices,
  • assistance to schools to manage and prevent dangerous and disruptive behaviors and costly outplacements.

Principal Consultation Staff

Self-Injury & Suicide Prevention 

Barent Walsh, Ph.D. has written extensively and presented internationally on the topic of self-destructive behavior. He is the author of Treating Self-Injury: A Practical Guide 2nd edition, Guilford Press, (2014). This volume has been translated into Polish and Japanese. In addition, Dr. Walsh is co-developer (with Screening for Mental Health of Wellesley, MA) of “Act to Prevent Self-Injury,” a prevention program with DVD for high schools. Dr. Walsh has presented on self-injury in London, Edinburg, Vienna, Stuttgart, Ulm, Oslo, Dubai, Tokyo, Beijing, Montevideo, Mexico City, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, and throughout the United States.

Dr. Walsh is the Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Clinical Consultant at Open Sky Community Services a human service agency headquartered in Worcester, MA. Dr. Walsh is a Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA.

Illness Management & Recovery

Kerrin Westerlind, L.I.C.S.W., is The Director of Illness Management & Recovery (IMR) Services at The Bridge of Central Massachusetts. She holds a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Ms. Westerlind is responsible for overseeing the implementation of IMR throughout the agency and training staff. In addition, Ms. Westerlind has provided IMR training and consultation to many organizations.Kerrin Westerlind, LICSW, Assistant Director of Evidence Based Practice at Open Sky Community Services, has been an IMR practitioner since 2005. Ms. Westerlind has overseen the implementation of IMR services in residential and supported housing programs with diverse populations, including individuals who are dually diagnosed with a mental health and a substance use disorder.

Additionally, Ms. Westerlind has training and leadership experience in implementing multiple emerging modalities for treating psychosis, including CBT for Psychosis and Recovery Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R).

Ms. Westerlind has provided training and consultation to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Advocates, Inc., The Edinburg Center, Community Healthlink, Alternatives Unlimited. Outside of Massachusetts, she has provided training and consultation to the Community Research Foundation of San Diego, CA; Preferred Alternatives of Fayetteville, NC; Central Wyoming Counseling Center of Casper, WY; and the Loudoun County Department of MHSADS of Loudoun County, VA.

She has presented on IMR at National Conferences, including US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.

Ms. Westerlind was the recipient of The Edinburg Center Shining Star award in 2016 and the recipient of the Association for Behavioral Healthcare Provider Recognition Award for Best Practices in 2010.

Ms. Westerlind has been a member of the Data Safety Review Board for the Collaborative Pathway Implementation Project, 2012-2018. And is a member of the MassPRA Board since 2018 and the MassPRA Training and Education Committee since fall of 2017.

Her experience in the mental health field includes 20 years of work in a range of settings from residential, supported housing, day treatment, outpatient, community-based flexible support services and clubhouse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Jennifer Eaton, M.S., LMHC, is the Director of DBT Training and Consultation for The Bridge Training Institute. In this capacity, Ms. Eaton provides training and consultation to agencies across the country.  Ms. Eaton has extensive experience providing DBT treatment and in residential and outpatient settings and has supervised clinicians and interns.

Ms. Eaton is a certified DBT clinician with the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification. She was intensively trained in DBT by Dr. Charles Swenson and completed Advanced Intensive Training under Dr. Marsha Linehan, the developer of DBT. Ms. Eaton holds a masters degree in clinical psychology. Ms. Eaton has presented numerous times at the annual ISITDBT Conference, and at various local and national conferences.

Ms. Eaton maintains a private practice specializing in DBT.

Ms. Eaton has provided training and consultation to the following schools: Algonquin Regional High School, Ashland, Assabet Valley Collaborative, Bellingham, Blackstone, Blackstone Valley Tech, Boston Public Schools, Dover-Sherborn, Fairfield CT, Framingham State University, Greenwich CT, Hollis NH, Hudson, Marlborough, Mendon-Upton Regional Schools, Milford, Millis, Nashoba Regional, Reading, Scituate, Wachusett Regional, Westborough and Westport CT.

Ms. Eaton has also trained many organizations including: Alabama Mentoring Network, Baycove Human Services, Bridgewater State Hospital, Community Counseling of Bristol County, Denver Health Systems, Devereux, The Family Resource Centers, Framingham State University, Harvard-Vanguard Behavioral Health, The Key Program, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, The Mental Health Association of Lowell, New York State Office of Development Disabilities, Taunton State Hospital, The Women’s Recovery From Alcohol Program and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Contact Us:

If you are interested in exploring ways The Bridge Training Institute can help you with a new treatment model, a challenging client or a student in critical need, please contact Stephen Murphy at stephen.murphy@thebridgecm.org or at (508-755-0333).