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Upcoming events

    • 12/05/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Mile High United Way, 711 Park Ave West, Denver Colorado
    • 132

    Join us as we take a sobering look at what the federal government has in store for us in its 2018 budget. See what you can do to help your elected officials understand how this will impact you and your clients. Human services workers are going to be facing greatly diminished funding with even greater accountability expected of them. Many organizations may have to institute reductions in the service they provide, along with corresponding layoffs; some will be forced to close their doors altogether. As a sector, we need to rise to these challenges and advocate to change the current negative climate regarding the work we do and the clients we serve.  But most importantly, we need to energize and inform our colleagues, our clients and our community if we are to have any chance of preserving the quality and integrity of the services we provide to the many populations we serve. 
    Sessions include:
    10am  The Impact of New Federal Budget Cuts on Human Services —  Carol Hedges, Executive Director, Colorado Fiscal Institute.  Carol has been an important part of the research, policy and advocacy community in Colorado for more than 15 years. She served as policy director for Governor Roy Romer in the late 1990s focusing on human service, education and budget policy. As program officer at the Piton Foundation in Denver, Carol directed the Denver Workforce Initiative, a project of the Annie E. Casey Jobs Initiative. While serving as a senior policy analyst with the Bell Policy Center, Carol authored Ten Years of TABOR, a comprehensive study of the effects of Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Most recently as the Director of the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, a project of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, Carol’s work focused on creating an adequate, sustainable and equitable revenue system in Colorado.

    11:15am  Keynote Address:  Colorado's new reality as it faces massive federal budget cuts; their implications for the people and families of our state.  The presentation will also speak to how all of this will intersect with the Colorado legislature, the 2018 legislative session and the critical importance of civic engagement.

    State Senator John Kefalas is long-time advocate for human services and vulnerable populations whose voices are often left unheard. John serves the people of Senate District 14, which spans Fort Collins. John served first as a Representative from 2007-2012, and is completing the first year of his second 4-year term as a State Senator. He is a member of the following legislative committees of reference: Local Government; Business, Labor and Technology; Health and Human Services, and he is also a member of the Capital Development Committee. In addition, he serves on the Health Insurance Exchange Oversight Committee and the Behavioral Health Transformation Council. From 2009 – 2014 John led the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force. 

    12pm  Lunch and Networking
    1pm  Client-Centered Advocacy — Dawn Howard (with a consumer-advocate panel), Colorado Cross-Disabilities Coalition. Dawn serves as Community Organizer and Non-Attorney Advocate at the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition. Dawn has slight cerebral palsy. As Community Organizer for CCDC, she enjoys matching advocate/volunteer interests with opportunities to make systems work for people with disabilities. She has worked as a librarian, occupational therapist, advocate and aide for Head Start classrooms. In her free time, Dawn writes poetry, spends time with her friends and family, and takes long walks.
    2pm Getting your board onboard with advocacy — Dr. Toni Larson, League of Women Voters.  Dr. Larson served from 1985 to 2015 as executive director of Independent Higher Education of Colorado, a nonprofit organization that conducts the government relations work for Colorado College, Regis University, and the University of Denver. In this position she had responsibility for public policy research, lobbying, and administration. She also served as an affiliated faculty member at Regis University and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver. She has worked on TABOR related issues since the late 1980s. She has made presentations around Colorado and in other states and has also worked on alternatives to changing TABOR. She has served as a volunteer at the League of Women Voters of Colorado (Program Vice President), Colorado Social Legislation Committee (Vice President), and Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations (Public Policy Committee.
     3pm  Upcoming Colorado Legislation — Chaer Robert, Colorado Center on Law and Policy. Chaer serves as Program Manager for the Family Economic Security Program of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. Capping more than 30 years of work on behalf of low-income Coloradans, Ms. Robert brings expertise in research and analysis of policy options and promising practices advancing the economic security of low-income Colorado families. Prior to joining CCLP in 2013, Ms. Robert served as the director of the Denver Women’s Commission since 1985. In addition, she has held leadership roles for numerous community organizations. She currently serves on the executive committee member of the All Families Deserve a Chance Coalition and the Colorado Social Legislation Committee. She is a founding board member of MiCasa Resource Center, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and the Women’s Lobby of Colorado.

    You will:
    • Discover new and useful resources to share with co-workers and other participants,
    • Understand how to be your own best advocate,
    • Explore the many ways in which nonprofits can speak up about issues confronting them,
    • Identify strategies to engage elected officials and other decision-makers with your issue, and
    • Leave with a new sense of our shared power.

    Eligible for 6 hours CEU.

    Event sponsors

    Human Services Network of Colorado

    Colorado Center on Law  and Policy
    • 12/20/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
    • 46

    De-escalation of disruptive behavior has become an essential skill, pertinent to all staff providing human services. The need for safe, effective techniques to manage the disruptive client is no longer limited to those who work with severe mental illness in residential or hospital settings.

    To add to the problem, the current de-institutionalization trend has injected thousands of individuals who once were treated on an inpatient basis, into a society which is not quite sure how to manage their behavior. Outpatient mental health facilities are being asked to service clients who formerly had inpatient care. Frequently, staff at a community-based treatment centers do not have the training or experience to manage the aggressive behaviors of clients who were once institutionalized.

    This training provides attendees with a safe, non-harmful techniques, designed to aid human service professionals in the management of disruptive clients. Strategies and specific skills for dealing with clients in varying stages of escalation will be presented and discussed. Non-restraining physical protective maneuvers will be reviewed, demonstrated and discussed. Principles of debriefing and using teaching moments will also be addressed.

    De-escalation will be presented in three phases:

    • Phase 1 Avoiding escalation through Self Care and Awareness;
    • Phase 2 Anatomy of crisis development and de-escalating skill sets; and
    • Phase 3 Exit maneuvers and debriefing skills.

    By the end of the session, learners will be able to:

    • Recognize the importance of self-care in how it relates to escalating/de-escalating any situation;
    • Apply de-escalation techniques effective in approaching and reducing the tension of an agitated person;
    • Understand the impact of their reactions on the agitated person;
    • Utilize tools to control their anxieties during interventions toward maintaining the best possible professional attitude; and
    • Describe nonverbal, para-verbal and verbal skills to maintain the best possible care and welfare, as well as safety and security, for all involved.

    Eligible for 7 hours continuing education credit.

    Presenter: Tracy L. Hutchinson, LPC, MAC 

    Tracy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), and Colorado Addictions Counselor (CAC III). She has been working in the field of Addictions and Mental Health for the past 40 years. Currently, through her Counseling and Consulting private practice, Tracy is an approved OBH trainer for Colorado Addictions Counselor (CAC) courses. She is a facilitator of professional growth and development for team building. Additionally, she creates and facilitates experiential/expressive personal growth retreats. Tracy was the author, narrator and co-producer of Levels Meditation, produced in 2001.

    • 01/11/2018
    • 01/25/2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Betty Ford Center, 14001 E Iliff Ave #120, Aurora, CO 80014
    • 30
    This evidence-based approach has consistently shown positive outcomes in dealing with resistance and defensiveness. It has been successfully used with populations where resistance is prevalent, including adults and adolescents who deal with legal problems, substance abuse and mental health issues. 
    Motivational Interviewing provides a “tool box” of techniques and strategies which will help you to be more effective in working with clients who bring a wide range of challenges. This is a two-day training. 
    Attendees will: 
    • Understand the basic principles and skills of Motivational Interviewing​;​
    • Experience a collaborative versus an authoritarian communication style and see how you can effectively decrease defensiveness in clients​;​
    • Learn and practice resistance skills​;​
    • Learn and practice directive skills that help move a client towards positive behavior change​;​
    • ​Be able to elicit commitment language from a client that is correlated to positive outcomes​; and​
    • ​Explore proven implementation strategies that help improve your Motivational Interviewing skills in the field​.​
    Presenter:  Avani G. Dilger, MEd, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, CAC III, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Addiction Counselor, a Somatic Psychotherapist, and a Motivational Interviewing Trainer (MINT), who specializes in substance abuse prevention and treatment with adults, teens and their families. She is the founder and director of the “Natural Highs – Healthy Alternatives to Drugs & Alcohol” nonprofit program, an integrative substance abuse prevention and intervention program that includes interactive workshops, a peer mentor program, and community outreach. In addition to teaching the Natural Highs program at several high schools in Boulder and at Naropa University, Avani works as a substance abuse counselor and trauma therapist with teens, families and adults in Boulder. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and trains Motivational Interviewing for criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse professionals.  She has been training professionals in in Motivational Interviewing and other evidence-based practices in Maine, Massachusetts, Illinois, Nebraska, Idaho, Arizona, New Jersey, Florida, Hawaii and Colorado.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Eligible for 16 hours CEU

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