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

    • 03/07/2018
    • 05/09/2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Denver Housing Authority, Mulroy Neighborhood Center, 3550 W. 13th Ave, Denver 80204
    • 4
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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 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

    • 04/25/2018
    • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Colorado State Capitol 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver/ Room 0107

    Colorado’s legislators need to hear from you! You will walk away  from this event feeling empowered and equipped to effectively  voice your position on proposed legislation to your state  elected officialsAFDC’s Day at the Capitol is part of Women and Family Wednesdays, a weekly lobbying event sponsored by nonprofit advocacy groups. 

    Visit the event's Facebook page HERE for timely updates. AFDC's Twitter address is @afdccoalition


    • Check in 7:45-8:30AM
    • Introduction of AFDC, what we care about, why we're here 8:15-8:30AM
    • Legislators 8:30-8:45AM
    • Lobby training 8:45-9:15AM
    • Break into lobby groups 9:15-9:30AM
    • Lobbying on floor 9:30-11:00AM
    • Picture, debrief, brown-bag lunch 11:00AM front steps

    What is AFDC? The All Families Deserve a Chance (AFDC) coalition is an all-volunteer network of direct service providers and policy  experts that educate, strategize, lobby, support, and inform the  community on issues impacting low-income families.  All are welcome to join. YOU, family, friends, neighbors, students, direct service  providers, policy experts, and nonprofit leaders. 

    Questions? Contact Brittany Katalenas,​ or call (303) 312-9649.

    • 04/30/2018
    • 05/01/2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
    • 3

    This two-day training series offers a foundation of knowledge and skill in providing Trauma Informed Practice to clients of all walks of life. The training focuses on the enhancement of knowledge, skill and confidence in direct care providers. Information regarding stress and trauma will include common terms (e.g. stress, vicarious trauma, etc.), and will create an understanding of the holistic effects of stress and trauma on individuals, as well as the effects on direct service providers (e.g. compassion fatigue). This content will also provide an understanding of the impact of trauma on the brain, memory, behaviors and value systems. An overview of trauma's impact on the process of change will be discussed and basic skills will be presented and practiced. Basic Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) approaches will be utilized to apply ​this and other concepts to client scenarios. (No previous CBT or MI training is required, the basic concepts/skills will be explained in the training.)

    By the end of the training series, you will be able to...

    • Explain this practice to a colleague
    • Understand the ways stress/trauma might impact clients and the service provider or care giver;
    • Describe ways in which change happens and trauma's effect on that process ;
    • Explore three ways you can be more trauma-informed in your work;
    • Identify at least one thing you could do for better self-care (or something you could teach a client or caregiver for better self-care);
    • Utilize trauma-informed practice to improve interactions with clients and caregivers; and
    • Develop a plan for utilizing trauma-informed strategies on the job.

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Front-line workers and supervisors across mental health and human services sectors. Includes (but is not limited to) those working in assisted living, homelessness, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, community and family services, juvenile justice, corrections.

    Eligible for 12 CEUs

    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.

    • 05/03/2018
    • 05/17/2018
    • 2 sessions
    • 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
    • 05/31/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Betty Ford Center, 14001 E Iliff Ave #120, Aurora, CO 80014
    • 32

    After attending this workshop, human services professionals will better understand the specific issues faced by adults who have grown up with drug and alcohol addiction and children still living in a home that is facing these issues. We will focus on how children are affected and different tools professionals can use to help these kids and their families. We will explore the healing journey for children and their families. Using the Betty Ford Center Model, participants will learn effective strategies to make a difference in the lives of children and adults; understand our unique prevention model; and explore new tools for working with children, parents and families. Come fill your “tool box” with activities, games and techniques that really work!

    Evidence-Based Learning Objectives

    • After completing this workshop participants will successfully be able to:
    • describe three ways children are adversely impacted by family addiction;
    • list the core characteristics of resiliency;
    • demonstrate two activities which engage these youth in the healing process;
    • state three important messages for children from addicted families to hear to further their recovery.

    Presenters: Kassidy Wille and Sloan Solomon Komadina of Hazeldon Betty Ford Center 

    Our Co-Sponsor: The Hazeldon Betty Ford Center

    Eligible for 6 CEUs

    • 06/14/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
    • 49

    With the uncertainties of future funding, increasing competition for scarce resources and funders wanting to know if their “investment” in human service organizations is making a difference, it is incumbent on human service organizations to demonstrate their effectiveness and act as advocates on their own behalf using their own data and developing the expertise to better tell their story. This workshop explores the economics of insufficiency and scarcity, its impact on clients and organizations, the importance of front line staff, and offers a replicable model for client/case management that can demonstrate outcomes and organizational effectiveness. It is the expectation of this workshop that participants will be able to apply some of the tools, methodologies and practices upon return to their own organizations.

    Presenter: Frederick Richmond is the founder and President of The Center for Applied Management Practices, Inc., (CAMP). Since its founding in 1996, CAMP has worked with health and human service organizations in all matters of planning, program development, evaluation and research. He was part of the team that created the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) first in Pennsylvania which expanded to the national program known today and was Pennsylvania’s first Kids Count Director. He is the author of two books; Introduction to Results Oriented Management and Accountability and The Accountable Case Manager and was a member of the team that developed the eLogic Model®, a web based software application used in nonprofit and local government human services agencies. He spends his time between residences in Denver and Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

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