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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

    • 08/16/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Betty Ford Center, 14001 E Iliff Ave #120, Aurora, CO 80014
    • 1
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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
    • 08/30/2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 09/13/2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 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
    • 09/20/2018
    • 09/21/2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
    • 37
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    Inspired by his over 15 years working with the trauma-informed care paradigm which resulted in his recent books, Matt Bennett is excited to partner with The Network to present Connecting Paradigms: Positioning Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing & other Best Practices for Client Outcomes. Harm reduction, Motivational Interviewing (MI), trauma-informed care, and other best practices provide tools and approaches that assist us in helping those we serve. While these paradigms increased capacity to meet the ever-changing needs of clients, less attention has been paid to bringing these together in a coherent model designed to improve quality and client outcomes. This training provides an innovative approach to helping those struggling with past trauma to make critical life changes, manage their service delivery, and heal from trauma. Connecting Paradigms presents an integrated model, combining research in neurobiology, trauma, behavioral change, harm reduction, and Motivational Interviewing into a practical skill-set easily implemented across a variety of settings and professional backgrounds.

    This workshop introduces the core concepts presented in the books in a practical way that allows for immediate implementation. A quick-paced and dynamic training, participants learn MI skills in the context of trauma-informed care, harm reduction, and the Spirit of MI. Many of our clients face critical changes if they are to reach the health outcomes we hope for them. The training gives providers the approaches needed to maximize their time and work with clients.

    Attendees can register for either the first day or both days. The first provides a solid understanding of the principles upon which Connecting Paradigms is based. The second day offers in-depth modeling and practice of these principles.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Understand how trauma, neurobiology, and epigenetics inform interventions and communications.
    2. Apply the Connecting Paradigms model for client interventions and program development.
    3. Utilize harm reduction, stages of change, mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and other best practices together to improve outcomes.
    4. Conceptualize what developments in neurobiology and epigenetics tell us about healing from trauma and behavioral change.
    5. Develop skills to integrate trauma-informed Motivational Interviewing into your work with clients.

    Matt Bennett, MBA, MA, has a master’s degree in community psychology and executive development (nonprofit management), as well as a master’s in business administration in health care. Mr. Bennett has successfully combined his academic pursuits as a researcher, blogger, podcaster on the Trauma-Informed Lens Podcast, and published author with his practical experience in leading nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to develop research-based solutions to improve the health of individuals, organizations, and systems.

    As a sought-after trainer, Mr. Bennett utilizes a participant-centered approach, which includes interactions and adult learning activities to maximize learning, retention, and application. Mr. Bennett’s presentations are a dynamic dance of innovative research, practical applications, and a passion for the art and science of helping others.

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    Eligible for 12 hours CEU
    • 09/28/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
    • 14
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    In his book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell describes the processes and stages that human beings experience when they embark on the journey to find answers to life’s many questions.  It requires individuals to accept the call to adventure, cross the threshold of the known, find one’s mentors and allies, face foes, go through a transformation, and ultimately confront their dragons.

    Using film, art, poetry, self-reflection, and discussion this workshop will give Helping Professionals the opportunity to explore their vocation through the framework of the Hero’s Journey as envisioned  by Joseph Campbell.  Early on in our career, whether intentionally or unintentionally, we accepted the call to be of service to others.  Our supervisors became our guides and co-workers, our allies. Each day we are met with challenges, experience successes and have set backs. A transformation occurs as our inner hero is revealed and brought forth. We embrace our dragons!

    This workshop is designed to give participants inspiration, insight, and confidence as they venture through the stages of Hero’s Journey as a Helping Professional and awaken their inner hero.

    Hero’s Journey of the Helping Professional workshop offers the opportunity for participants to:

      • awaken the “hero” within
      • reflect upon work experiences through the different stages of the Hero's Journey
      • gain insights and heighten awareness leading to more life choices and self efficacy
      • acquire new language and concepts about the journey that are affirming, empowering and humanizing
      • share experiences and insights with colleagues allowing for new discoveries and support 
      • acquire new and effective approaches (knowledge, skills and perspectives) in dealing with tests, foes and challenges on the job
      • build and sustain motivation and discipline
      • identify mentors and allies who can provide inspiration, guidance and hope
      • honor struggles as a vehicle to accessing the hero within and understand the role that acceptance, forgiveness and grief play on the journey
      • identify their dragons and learn how to befriend them
      • allow for the retelling of one’s work/life story

     From To
    VictimhoodPersonal Responsibility
    DisempowermentEmpowerment
    External locus of controlInternal locus of control
    HopelessHopeful
    Self loathingSelf compassion
    Weak/helplessStrong/confident/courageous
    Pessimistic outlook on lifeOptimistic outlook

    JoAnn Burton, CPRP, is a published author, consultant, and trainer, and has presented at numerous workshops and plenaries throughout the past 20 years. Her career spans over 30 years in community mental health and in June 2018 she received the Psychiatric Rehab Practitioner award and was honored at the national conference. She has developed and taught life/work skills training classes throughout her career and presently specializes in Hero’s Journey curriculum. JoAnn is the Coordinator of social and vocational programs at Windhorse Community Services in Boulder. She has a BA in Therapeutic Recreation and Sociology (BSW) from Lehman College, CUNY and attended the Transpersonal Counseling Program at Naropa University. Please visit her website for more information: www.herosjourneyworkshops.com

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    Eligible for 7 hours CEU
    • 10/10/2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
    • 70
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    Health First Colorado Buy-in programs help many Coloradans with disabilities who may otherwise have too much income or resources to qualify for Medicaid manage their health and improve health outcomes. This workshop will teach attendees about the Health First Colorado Buy-in programs. Attendees will learn what makes someone eligible for buy-in programs, the application and enrollment process, and the benefits available. The 2-hour training and lunch will provide information regarding the WAwD and CBwD programs’ benefits, requirements, and determination process.

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

    • Explain the program rules and eligibility requirements for WAwD and CBwD
    • Recognize that a member can be eligible for Buy-In and other program categories
    • Recall the WAwD and CBwD programs benefits, requirements, and determination process.
    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 one and a half (1.5) hours CEU.


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