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 Cancellation Policy
    • Substitutions are welcome; please let us know in advance.
    • No-shows and cancellations 7 days or less prior to an event will not be granted a refund.
    • Up to 8 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

    • 02/28/2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
    • 42

    This training will explain and clarify what Home and Community Based (HCBS) Waivers are and how to refer Health First Colorado members.

    Who qualifies for a waiver and what type of services will they receive? Who determines eligibility for waivers? Attend this training to find out the answers to these questions and more. Learn to identify when and how to refer Health First Colorado members for these additional services and supports..

    At the end of this brief presentation, you will be able to:

    • Recall Waiver Basics

    • Recognize Waivers available in Colorado

    • Explain the Enrollment Process (Eligibility)

    • Describe Case Management Agencies Responsibilities

    PresenterBecky McKinney is an Education and Design Unit (EDU) Training Specialist for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. For the past several years, Becky has worked closely with State staff, county partners, stakeholders and citizens of Colorado to develop effective training solutions. Prior to joining the EDU, Becky’s experience includes working as a training and policy specialist for the Health Care and Economic Security Staff Development Center (SDC), the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT), and the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) Food Assistance Program. She also worked with the Office of Colorado Benefits Management System (CBMS) as the Centralized Data Entry Team (CDET) Supervisor and as an Eligibility Specialist at Adams County Department of Human Services. Becky possesses years of experience and knowledge on a variety of Assistance Programs and Systems, including CBMS, Trails, Medical Assistance, Food Assistance, Cash Programs, and audits.

    Attendees are eligible for up to one and a half (1.5) hours CEU.

    • 03/05/2019
    • 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 jobs and human services organizations seeking interns and employees. We accomplished this with input from the Human Services Education Organization and the Colorado Respite Coalition along with human services faculty from Metro State University of Denver and Community College of Denver.

    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

    Resource and Career Fair co-sponsors: 

    Metro State University of Denver 

    Human Services Education Organization

    Colorado Respite Coalition 

    • 03/07/2019
    • 03/21/2019
    • 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
    • 03/13/2019
    • 05/08/2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Denver Housing Authority, Mulroy Neighborhood Center, 3550 W. 13th Ave, Denver 80204
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    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 6th 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 13, April 10 and May 8). 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

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