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 Cancellation Policy
    • Substitutions are welcome; please let us know in advance.
    • No-shows and cancellations less than 7 days prior to an event will not be granted a refund.
    • Up to 7 days prior to event:  A 25% refund will be issued in the form of a credit towards future registration.
    • Up to 14 days prior to event:  A 50% refund will be issued in the form of a credit towards future registration.
    • Up to 28 days prior to event:  A full refund will be issued in the form of a credit towards future registration.

Upcoming events

    • 10/18/2018
    • 11/01/2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Betty Ford Center, 14001 E Iliff Ave #120, Aurora, CO 80014
    • 8
    Registration is closed
    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
    • 11/06/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Rocky Mountain Human Services, 9900 E Iliff Ave, Denver CO 80231
    • 20

    We all know that too much stress is a bad thing and most of us would like to manage it better, but when we step into the chaos of our daily lives, the quiet voice of serenity in our heads gets a lot harder to listen to. Brain research shows how stress impacts a wide range of cognitive functions. Our clients have additional challenges that make it difficult for them to implement the changes we are helping them to develop. In addition, working with people in need can lead to secondary trauma and burnout. 

    This workshop offers strategies and tools for your survival kit that you can put into practice so they don’t require much thought or effort when they are really needed. You can also share these techniques with your clients to help them develop more resilience to the stress and trauma in their lives.

    Concepts in this workshop are based on research and methods from authors such as Jon Kabat-Zinn (Full Catastrophe Living) Martin Seligman (Flourish), Rick Hanson (Hardwiring Happiness), Daniel Siegel (Mindsight) and Herbert Benson (The Relaxation Response) as well as methods developed over years of personal and professional practice.

    Specific topics include:

    • Awareness: Internal and External
    • Breathing Check-ins and Other Fundamentals
    • Triggering the Relaxation Response
    • What Neuroscience has to say about Stress and Relaxation
    • Enhancing and Extending Positive Experiences
    • Environmental Prep: Feng Shui if it Feels Good
    • Explore Your Senses
    • Honor What Hurts
    • Declutter Your Destressing
    • Establishing New Routines
    • Sharing the Wealth: Who Brings You Joy?

    Participants will learn and practice breathing techniques, imagery, movement, body scans, focusing techniques and methods for designing a calming environment for themselves and their clients. Participants will leave with personalized techniques they can practice in their daily lives and incorporate into their professional practice

    Presenter Joanne McLain is a counselor, coach, curriculum designer and writer. She has over thirty years of experience working with people to help them gain skills to create the life they want to live. She is a Director at Financial Health Institute. Her experience includes six years with a county Department of Human Services, where she was the Deputy Director and managed Family Programs including services for families involved in Child Welfare, Adult Protection, and all benefits programs. She has been a mental health and substance abuse counselor in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, private practice, nursing homes, a volunteer fire department, emergency rooms and inpatient units. Joanne has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addictions Counselor. She also earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Colorado-Denver.

    • 11/14/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
    • 41

    Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an extensively researched treatment approach that has gained widespread application in the treatment of addictions and mental disorders. CBT is structured, goal-oriented, and focused on immediate problems. It is a flexible, individualized approach that can be adapted to a wide range of clients and a wide range of treatment settings and formats.

    Participants in this course will:

    • Understand how to identify clients who would benefit from CBT
    • Learn and practice effective ways to integrate tools specific to CBT
    • Be able to describe the treatment components and understand the underlying rationale of each component
    • Address common barriers to treatment implementation.

    Presenter: Tracy L. Hutchinson  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 38 years, in a variety of settings, levels of care and populations. Currently, through her Counseling and Consulting private practice, Tracy’s primary focus is as a trainer for Colorado Addictions Counselor (CAC) courses. Additionally, she is a facilitator of personal, professional, team building and spiritual development retreats. She is the author, narrator and co-producer of "Levels Meditation" 2001".

    Eligible for 6 CEUs.

    • 11/15/2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Pizzability, 250 Steele Street, Denver, CO 80206
    Join your colleagues, along with The Network's board and volunteers, for our Fall Networking Happy Hour.  We're bringing you yet another opportunity to connect--for free--with peers who experience the same ups and downs that you do. The Network makes it easy for you to find resources and support. Come for this casual, drop-in affair and network with others in the human services field, while enjoying free pizza and an opportunity to purchase excellent craft beer.

    No charge to attend; please be our guest. You are encouraged to bring a colleague you’d like to introduce to the Network. We will be holding a drawing for a workshop registration.

    Pizzability occupies a garden-level space in Cherry Creek. It will continue to pursue Brewability Lab's mission of creating jobs for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The place is far more accessible than most other restaurants, in order to serve a broader customer base. Tiffany Fixter, founder of Brewability Lab and Pizzability, says she applied for and received special mill-levy funds for people with IDD through Rocky Mountain Human Services, to help cover the opening of the new restaurant. The funding allows her to employ thirty more people with IDD and will also help pay for visual menus (for those unable to read), a Braille wall, special-needs silverware to assist both customers and employees, and bathrooms with added sanitary options. Tiffany says, "We want to go above and beyond and provide what families really need."

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