Fostering and Maintaining our Emotional Health – 2022 Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism

Session Description:

After experiencing greater than normal stressors living through a pandemic, our ability to monitor and manage our emotional health has become more important than ever to our own well-being and the relationships we have with those at home and in the workplace. In addition to being able to help their own emotional health, this workshop will offer participants tools that can be brought to all of those they support through their jobs and in their lives.

Session Goals:

By the end of this session, participants will have learned how to:

  • Define aspects of emotional health;
  • Recognize their emotional health “Danger Zones” & how to adjust their coping to keep or move back into their “Healthy Zones”;
  • Have tools they can use to support their peers, clients, and others in their life to manage their emotional health and cultivate resiliency.



Maura McGowan, CPS, is the Program Director of the NH Teen Institute, a non-profit agency whose mission is to empower youth through personal leadership development and community engagement. Maura has worked in the field of prevention since 2002, became a volunteer with the NH Teen Institute in 2008, and has been a Program Director in charge of youth programming and volunteer engagement since 2017. She is a graduate of the New England ATTC Leadership Development Program and has served as a mentor in the New England PTTC Prevention Mentorship Program. In 2021, Maura was appointed as an advisor to the NH Governor’s Youth Council, and she is on the advisory committee for the NH Prevention Community of Practice.

Marissa is the Executive Director of the NH Teen Institute, where she oversees and facilitates training for both the youth participants and TI’s youth & adult volunteer program staff. In addition, she is the President of the Prevention Certification Board of NH, the NH Prevention delegate to the IC&RC, and serves as the lead advisor of the Prevention Specialist credentialing committee. She serves as co-chair of the NH Governor’s Commission Prevention Task Force and sits on the advisory council of the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC). Marissa holds an MS in Nonprofit Management from Bay Path University and is a Certified Prevention Specialist.