Event Calendar

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 Refund 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

    • 02/20/2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Brewability Lab, 12445 E 39th Ave #314, Denver, CO 80239

    Join your colleagues, along with The Network's board and volunteers, for our Winter 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 snacks and craft beer.

    No charge; 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.

    About our host:

    Brewability Lab was founded by a special needs teacher who saw a need for jobs and training for adults with disabilities, or as they at the lab refer to them, abilities. ​Most young adults with special needs are not given a real opportunity to excel. Brewability's goal is to provide this opportunity through the craft of brewing. They provide job training for this ever-growing industry in the Colorado market. ​The skills and training their employees learn from Brewability Lab will translate into further job opportunities in Colorado's great brewing industry.

    • 03/01/2018
    • 03/15/2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Betty Ford Center, 14001 E Iliff Ave #120, Aurora, CO 80014
    • 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
    • 03/07/2018
    • 05/09/2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Denver Housing Authority, Mulroy Neighborhood Center, 3550 W. 13th Ave, Denver 80204
    • 7

    Are you providing the kind of high quality service you want to offer? Do you or your employees need skills training in multiple competencies in order to get up to speed? Are you taking care of your clients in the most effective and efficient way? Are you taking care of yourself and your career?

    This comprehensive training and certification program can help. The Network is proud to present the 5th Annual Direct Service Provider Certification series in partnership with Aspire Training and Consulting. Most direct care resources and trainings focus on psychotherapy. This series focuses on practical approaches, successfully modified to fit case management and other helping relationships, that are NOT primarily therapeutic in nature.

    This series of three, 6-hour, intensive workshops will be conducted monthly on second Wednesdays (March 7, April 11 and May 9). This spaced format offers opportunities for education, practice and coaching that are not practical in a more tightly-sequenced series of workshops. The goal of each session is to enhance knowledge, skill and confidence in providing effective client-centered care. 

    18 hours of in-person training and coaching with over 8 hours of online training for a total of 26 hours training and coaching overall.

    Learning Objectives

    • Define my Success
    • Understand Self Care
    • Review Best Practices in Case Management/Navigation
    • Understand the Process of Change
    • Learn about the Care Cycle (Intake through Discharge)
    • Learn about Therapeutic Communication
    • Understand Crisis Management
    • Learn about the Care/Treatment Cycle (Intake through Discharge)
    • Apply MI & Other Skills in Work with Clients (Intake through Discharge)
    • Apply Information & Skills to Case Scenarios
    • Plan to Implement Information & Skills on the job

    Online Trainings include the following topics

    1. Helper as a Person (50 minutes)
    2. Therapeutic Communication (40 minutes)
    3. Multiculturalism (1 hour 10 minutes)
    4. HIPAA (45 minutes)
    5. Mandatory Reporting (45 minutes)
    6. Stages of Change (40 minutes)
    7. Harm Reduction (30 minutes)
    8. Service Planning/Monitoring (40 minutes)
    9. Approaches to Difficult Situations (30 minutes)

    Direct Service Provider Certificate

    Aspire Training will provide a certificate of completion for the Direct Service Provider Certification Program, documenting all hours of both in-person and online trainings. Attendees will receive continuing education credits/units (CECs/CEUs) from the National Association of Social Workers - Colorado Chapter (per eligibility). Eligible for 25 hours continuing education credit.


    • For someone new to the field, this was extremely helpful!
    • You’re awesome, thank you for this opportunity to improve my working relationship with my clients.
    • Great information, I enjoyed the examples; they helped me learn how to use these techniques.
    • This training really improved my interactions with customers and gave me the push I needed.
    • Great class – use information on a daily basis. Helps structure meetings and address critical issues.
    • Loved this training! So applicable and valuable in our positions.
    • Amazing presentation; so many good ideas and concepts. Great ways to implement.
    • As a result of this series:
      • I have found better solutions or ways to handle situations.
      • I am able to be a better listener by practicing MI approaches.
      • I feel more confident, and productive in conversations, and feel I more positively impact others.
    Presenter: Melinda Marasch, LCSW
    Aspire Training & Consulting
    It is my honor to do exciting work with the amazing, compassionate people in the nonprofit world! It has been my life’s passion to help others, first as a psycho-therapist and now as a consultant. I specialize in clinical supervision in the form of training (in-person and online), as well as individual and group sessions. We serve licensed and unlicensed individuals, as well as programs and organizations. I have expertise in many areas, including HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, mental illnesses and much more. I also provide coaching to clients who are motivated to maximize their assets. 

    Our Co-Sponsor:
    Colorado Housing & Finance Authority

    • 03/21/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
    • 59

    Have you recognized mental illness and substance abuse in working with participants?  Perhaps you weren't sure which symptom needed which approach. Learning more and developing resources and partners to address co-occurring disorders can help you provide more efficient, targeted services and referrals, and help your participants feel better.

    For those who seek to enhance their ability and understanding of Addictions and Co-occurring Disorder; this workshop will present a solid foundation for recognizing substance abuse as well as understanding and working with these issues. "Co-occurring Disorder" is descriptive of people who struggle with both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. It is often difficult to tease out a co-occurring disorder, especially when the person is in acute phases of instability.

    There are numerous issues we will discuss related to the struggle of managing this disorder. Stigma and stability issues consistent with the individuals specific combination of disorders, support access, legal, medical health, and cultural uniqueness create a complexity for the care providers approach and management of services for these clients. We will discuss basic strategies, and practical guidelines for providing early intervention, stability and integrated services for Co-occurring Disorder clients.

    Participants will leave with:

    • The ability to identify symptoms of substance abuse and mental health disorders;
    • A working definition of the “co-occurring disorder” and a look at the stigma attached to that definition;
    • An understanding of the most common difficulties (and clues) in recognizing co-occurring disorders
    • Practical strategies in managing co-occurring clients, including; basic CBT skills, Medication compliance concerns, high risk stability, sobriety management, and multiple systems coordination;
    • An understanding of the stability concerns with co-occurring disorder clients; and
    • Approaches to practical and culturally sensitive assessment.

    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.

    • 04/09/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Tivoli Student Union Turnhalle - Auraria Campus - Denver, CO 80204

    Since 2009, The Network’s Human Services Resource and Internship Fair has been a tremendous asset to  service providers and supervisors at human service agencies, students and faculty, plus many others in the human services community. At our last Fair, over 400 students and faculty along with staff from human service agencies across the Metro Denver Region, attended the Fair.

    We have adjusted the Fair to better accommodate both students in their search for internships and human services organizations seeking interns. We accomplished this with input from the Human Services Education Organization along with human services faculty from Metro State University of Denver and Community College of Denver.

    In addition to an increased focus on the placement of interns, this year’s Fair will feature a networking and interviewing skills component, with learning circles, mock interviews and more. This will help students to build their skills in this critical area and for Auraria Campus faculty, along with staff from participating organizations, to provide facilitation and training to support them in this.

    Networking and Resource SharingThere will be opportunities aplenty for networking and resource sharing. This is a great chance to tout your latest initiatives and find out what others in the field are doing. 

    Who will be there? 

    • Students seeking internships and connections;
    • Faculty members from multiple disciplines;
    • Human service professionals; and
    • Agencies seeking resources and interns.
    Want to join us? Exhibitors should register online. Attendees don't need to register, just drop in between 10 and 1:30.
    • Attendees FREE No Registration Needed
    • Exhibitors 
      • Network Members  $25
      • All Others              $40

    Our Resource & Internship Fair co-host: 

    Metro State University of Denver

    Human Services Education Organization

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