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    • 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.
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Upcoming events

    • 06/20/2019
    • 06/27/2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Mi Casa Resource Center, 345 S Grove St, Denver, CO 80219
    • 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
    • 07/11/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
    • 33
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    Medicaid is designed to provide health coverage for our nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families. Medicaid makes it possible for millions of children, parents, pregnant women, people with disabilities and seniors to get the health coverage they need to get healthy and stay healthy. And now, more low-income adults are eligible for Medicaid than ever before as a result of the Medicaid expansion, implemented with federal support provided through the Affordable Care Act.

    As the improvements to the Medicaid program brought about by the Affordable Care Act take full effect, the information provided in this workshop will give providers and their managers new tools to work effectively with clients who are applying for or currently enrolled in Medicaid. 

    Designed for those new to Medicaid as well as more experienced providers, the day is broken into two sessions we're calling Medicaid 101 and Medicaid 202. You can register for either the 101 or the 201 session alone (half day) or both sessions (full day).

    Course Goals for Medicaid 101:

    • Utilize information about Medical Assistance to help clients
    • Recognize and explain the process clients undergo as they apply for and receive Medical Assistance
    • Understand the basic description and requirements for each MA program

    Objectives--Participants will be able to:

    • Describe the various levels of oversight of Medical Assistance  (MA)
    • Identify the differences between Medicaid, CHP+ and insurance through the marketplace
    • Explain what is happening at every point of the Medical Assistance application process
    • Describe which clients fit into each MA category and recognize how CBMS categorizes applicants

    Course Goals for Medicaid 202:

    • Be able to outline the general eligibility requirements for Medical Assistance (MA)
    • Summarize Aged, Blind, and Disabled Medical Assistance, Medicare Savings Program, and Low-Income Subsidy

    Objectives--Participants will be able to:

    • Identify the requirements for MA, including Social Security Number, Residency, Citizenship and Identification
    • Explain the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA)
    • Recall the concepts of Self-Attestation and the interfaces used to verify self-attested information
    • Recognize the legal and governmental management and organization for Non-MAGI Medical Assistance
    • Identify requirements for Non-MAGI programs
    Presenter: Becky 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 six (6) hours CEU.
    • 07/25/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
    • 43
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    In the current political landscape, it is more important than ever to make sure that we, as service providers, are re-evaluating the needs of our immigrant and refugee communities and are able to pivot to make sure that we are able to deliver the best level of services to our community members. With more fear, risk, and changes given the constant changes in rules, regulations, and lived experiences, the need to gather and disseminate information, update education for our staff, and evaluate what services we provide is critical. We will learn how to:

    • Establish what the barriers and benefits are to building a welcoming community
    • Understand various concepts that are integral to working with immigrant and refugee communities
    • Build collaborative efforts with other organizations and services
    • Educate our clients, community members, and staff about how to support, protect, and prepare them in this changing political landscape

    Workshop Outline:

    Refugee stories

        • Journey from a home to homelessness to a new home
        • Challenges faced in a refugee camp
        • Challenges faced after coming to USA
        • Difference meaningful support can make

    Why do we care?

        • What our past has to teach us? – Our values and character
        • What contributions to the society and economy can be made

    Barriers

        • Political binaries in place
        • Inaccurate coverage of events leading to misinformation

    What can we do?

        • Welcoming those seeking new life
        • Mentoring refugees
        • Partnering with organizations charged with supporting refugees

    Presenter

    Shahrukh Suleman hails from Pakistan. He had to flee the country due to religious persecution. He arrived in the USA in 2013 with his wife and two children. Shahrukh and his family have experienced firsthand the challenges of leaving home and moving to a new place and a new culture while having to readjust their lifestyle. Shahrukh seeks to help those who have been similarly displaced and is currently working at Denver Rescue Mission as Program Coordinator for Family Refugee Services.

    Eligible for 3 CEUs.
    • 08/08/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online
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    This Asset-Based Community Development for Supervisors training is designed to help those who manage other staff to get a better understanding of how to help their employees to maximize their performance and to get them more involved in the things they are passionate about, using the ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) lens.

    Asset-Based Community Development begins with the assumption that successful team-building involves rediscovering and mobilizing resources already present in any environment, particularly the skills and resources of its individuals and the power of voluntary associations, achieved through building relationships.  Another way of saying this is: successful team development is asset-based, internally-focused, and relationship-driven. Although some resources from outside the team are often needed, the key to lasting solutions comes from within. The gifts and skills of team members and the assets of the physical environment are always the starting place. No plan, solution or organization from outside the team can duplicate what is already there.  

    Goals

    • To get to know your staff better
    • Maximize their potential
    • How to get employees on board
    • Become a more effective leader

    Objectives

    • using the Map exercise to get to know your staff;
    • Using the ABCD process to understand their passion and how it can help them in their current job;
    • By looking at the vision of the company or agency and seeing how the employee fits into it (to help with employee buy-in); and
    • By understanding your skills and gifts. Knowing when to lead, how to lead, so you and the staff form a true relationship that is beneficial to everyone and the organization.

    Who should attend? Supervisors, managers or anyone who oversees staff

    Registration will close 24 hours prior to class.

    PresenterRuben Medina

    Ruben Medina is the Project Manager of Northwest Aurora/ Montebello Community Engagement for the Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities. He connects community members to resources and conducts a Block Captain training which educates community members on the social determinants of health and how their health impacts them.

    Ruben is a founding member of RISE and serves on its Board. RISE helps to educate, empower and engage communities—especially immigrant and refugee communities—to pursue racial equity in the schools. At The Denver Foundation, Ruben is a trustee and Chair of the Education Committee. He has served on the Strengthening Neighborhoods Committee, Basic Human Needs, and others.

    Additionally, he maintains his own community engagement consulting company, where he conducts workshops for communities to help them utilize the power of the people to advocate for positive change. Ruben uses the ABCD concept (Asset Based Community Engagement) model. He is a fellow of the ABCD Institute at DePaul University in Chicago. He has presented at ABCD training events across both locally and nationwide.

    Eligible for 1.5 CEUs

    • 08/15/2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Betty Ford Center, 14001 E Iliff Ave #120, Aurora, CO 80014
    • 19
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    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 one-day advanced Motivational Interviewing Training is the next step for teams who are serious about an evidence-based implementation of Motivational Interviewing skills. The development and maintenance of MI skills is a challenge for front-line workers. Participating in the workshops is a great start but ongoing feedback and mentoring are needed in order for most workers to use MI skillfully. This workshop can help enhance both supervisor MI skills and the quality and nature of the mentoring process. It’s a win-win for clients and agency staff alike.

    This advanced MI training is only for those who have already taken the Motivational Interviewing Basic Two-Day training seriesThe training builds on the two-day MI Skills Training and teaches supervisors and professionals who are passionate about MI how to keep the practice of MI alive within their teams. If you have not undergone the MI Basic Series, please register for that course instead of this one; we conduct MI Basic regularly.

    Participants will leave with an understanding of:
    • the research-based building-blocks of a successful MI implementation
    • MI coaching skills
    • how to facilitate MI practice sessions
    Participants will also receive a manual with tailored MI exercises to build and sustain their team’s MI skills.

    Presenter: Avani G. Dilger, MEd, MA, LPC, CACIII
    Avani is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Addiction Counselor, a Somatic Psychotherapist, and a Motivational Interviewing Trainer (MINT). She 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. Avani 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 Motivational Interviewing and other evidence-based practices in Maine, Massachusetts, Illinois, Nebraska, Idaho, Arizona, New Jersey, Florida, Hawaii and Colorado.
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    Eligible for 8 hours CEU


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