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Upcoming events

    • 09/27/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
    • 16

    Depression affects about 10% of the population.  It is a biochemical disorder that causes changes in a person's mood, behavior and feelings. It interferes with everyday living. This workshop will offer valuable tools for alleviating depression and stress among human service providers and their clients during this time of increased case loads.

    Sometimes depression has a very obvious face, sometimes it does not. It can be very confusing to differentiate between depression, sadness, burnout, and anxiety. In this workshop, you will understand how to recognize depression in yourself, in the people whom you serve, and in others around you. After recognizing it you will then learn how to support those who are experiencing depression through validation, empathy and support.

    Attendees will learn:

    • Basic diagnostic principles of depression, along with strategies for early detection;
    • Increased knowledge of the signs and symptoms of depression;
    • To validate and direct those experiencing depression to helpful resources;
    • Available impact and treatment options;
    • Different ways in which depression may present itself in the general population;
    • Techniques to support a person showing symptoms of depression; and
    • Immediately usable skills for managing depression.

    Presenter: Allison Johanson, LCSW, LAC. Ms. Johnson is a licensed in clinical social work and addictions. She has been actively working in mental health and assisting in diagnosing clients since 2007. Since 2011, Ms. Johanson worked as an enhanced outpatient case manager and outpatient therapist at the Mental Health Center of Denver. Her most recent involvement with MHCD was as part of their Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Program.  She has been in private practice since 2014.

    Realizing that many who feel that they do not need psychotherapy would benefit from the experience nonetheless, Ms. Johanson has expanded her practice to include presentations which address emotional engagement during difficult life-events, such as a death in the family, life-threatening illness and divorce.

    Eligible for 3 CEUs
    • 10/02/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Denver Housing Authority, Mulroy Neighborhood Center, 3550 W. 13th Ave, Denver 80204
    • 43

    This workshop will explore the etiological and maintain factors that accompany anxiety and panic disorders and the ways the disorders are alike and ways in which they differ. The DSM-5 diagnostic criteria these disorders will be discussed as will psychotropic medications commonly used in their treatment. Non-medication based forms of treatment will also be provided including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and systematic desensitization. At the end of the workshop attendees will have a strong conceptualization of anxiety and panic disorders that can be used in treating their clients or simply expanding their knowledge base of these disorders.

    Workshop Goals and Objectives: This workshop will provide attendees with a basic understanding of these disorders for participants who are unfamiliar with them, and a deeper understanding of the disorders for participants who work more closely with them. Regardless of one’s previous knowledge about anxiety, phobias, and panic, all will leave with a greater appreciation of where these disorders come from and what can be done to manage them clinically.

    Attendees will be able to:

    • Conceptualize the etiology and maintain factor for anxiety and panic disorder
    • Identify the co-morbid conditions that often accompany panic and anxiety
    • Discuss pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment strategies used to manage anxiety and panic disorders
    • Find and be familiar with the diagnostic criteria for and the diagnostic features of anxiety and panic disorders in the DSM-5 including Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder (social phobia), Separation Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Agoraphobia.
    • Describe and identify a specific phobia and the diagnostic features of the disorder.

    Presenter: Brian Bagwell, PsyD.  Dr. Bagwell is an associate professor in the Human Services Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver following a 20-year career as a firefighter/paramedic. Dr. Bagwell spent five years in New York City and was part of a team that provided psychological services to members of the New York Police Department for over a year following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. He has presented locally and nationally on topics that include workplace violence; Critical Incident Stress Management; trauma; treating clients with anxiety and panic including firefighters and pilots; and perception of threat and de-escalation of violence strategies for first responders, employers, and mental health clinicians. Dr. Bagwell also coordinates MSU Denver’s Fire and Emergency Response Administration degree program and is a member of the University’s CARE (Consultation, Assessment, Referral and Education) Team.

    Eligible for 3 CEUs


    Human Services Department

    • 10/12/2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 10/26/2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
    • 0

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    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
    • 11/02/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Rocky Mountain Human Services, 9900 East Iliff Avenue, Denver, CO 80231
    • 42

    Get ready for an insightful learning experience with Tyler Parris, as he offers this excellent overview of Social Security Disability benefits. Tyler's unique presenting style enlightens and entertains as he guides you through the maze of SSDI benefits management for your clients.
    This training looks at three key areas of disability benefits.

    1. Qualifying for benefits
    2. Tips when applying for benefits
    3. Work Incentives
    At the conclusion of the training participants will be able to:
    • Distinguish the difference between Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI);
    • Understand how a person qualifies for Social Security disability benefits;
    • Help individuals increase their chances of qualifying for disability benefits; and
    • Use work incentives to help individuals maintain employment and keep disability benefits.
    Presenter: Tyler Paris, MPA, CBIST
    Senior Trainer/Consultant
    Tyler’s varied career has fashioned a unique perspective on employment for people with disabilities, job development, Social Security benefits, organizational change, implementing change, performance management and supported employment management. Tyler has developed numerous training topics and spoken at national, regional and state conferences. His training formats include face-to-face, distance learning, desktop and self-paced training. His previous work experience includes being an insurance agent, radio advertisement salesperson, security guard, hod carrier, low-income weatherization project director, bicycle repair shop owner and jeweler. Tyler  received his B.S. and M.P.A. degrees from the University of Wyoming. He also holds an A.A.S. in welding technology from Aim Community College and is a graduate of Stewarts International School for Jewelers.

    Eligible for 3 CEUs.

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