Human Services Network of Colorado

Upcoming events

    • 03/04/2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Jewish Family Service, 3201 South Tamarac Drive, Denver CO 80231

    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 hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

    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:

    Founded in 1872, Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) is a nonsectarian, nonprofit human services agency serving metro Denver and Boulder. JFS believes in strengthening the community by providing vital services to vulnerable individuals and families. JFS offers a variety of programs to help those in need navigate life’s challenges through integrated support. The full continuum of care includes helping older adults stay supported, connected, and engaged as they age while maintaining a high quality of life; providing quality mental health counseling and case management to children, adults, immigrants, and refugees; offering training, job placement, and community enrichment to people with disabilities; and providing housing stability, employment support, and food security to individuals and families. Every year, the agency serves thousands of individuals and impacts more than 15,000 people of all faiths, races, ages, incomes, and abilities.

    • 03/05/2020
    • 03/19/2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Betty Ford Center, 14001 E Iliff Ave #120, Aurora, CO 80014
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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
    • 03/11/2020
    • 05/06/2020
    • 3 sessions
    • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
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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

    • 03/25/2020
    • 03/26/2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
    • 48

    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.

    • 04/09/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Mi Casa Resource Center, 345 S Grove St, Denver, CO 80219
    • 48

    What does it mean to be a nurturing parent, and how can we apply those principles of nurturing to our work in Human Services?

    Making use of the evidence and research-based curricula that we use with parents, we’ll explore what it looks like to set a container of safety through building self-awareness, practicing self-care, and listening from a place of empathy. We’ll also discuss safe communication, conflict resolution, and what it looks like to set healthful boundaries. Regardless of whether we’re addressing challenges with our kids, or managing conflict with clients, these principles can be broadly applied to ensure that we’re meeting all the people in our lives with dignity and respect.

    Participants can expect to walk away with:

    • an understanding of the curriculum that the Fatherhood/Parenthood program offers to the public;
    • knowledge of how you can support safe, effective parenting;
    • tools that can help to de-escalate conflict at home and at work, and;
    • how to refer parents to this program.


    Jeff Thompson has worked with the Jefferson County Fatherhood/Parenthood program for 4 years. The program currently offers four trauma-informed support groups per week, and one group in Jefferson County Jail. In 2017, Jeff researched, authored, and implemented the Constructive Co-Parenting program for Jefferson County, and he is currently pursuing his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

    Augie Truhn is a Parent Support Specialist with the Jefferson County Fatherhood/Parenthood Program where he and co-worker Jeff Thompson facilitate support groups for moms and dads based on the Nurturing Father’s curriculum. Augie received his MSW from Metropolitan State University in 2018 and is trained in Restorative Justice through The Conflict Center.

    Together, Jeff and Augie worked with over 500 parents in 2019, through their no cost support groups and one on one coaching. Their program also offers child support services, and much more.

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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 be granted neither credit nor refund.
  • Up to 8 days prior to event:  25% refund will be issued in the form of a credit towards future registration.
  • Up to 14 days prior to event: 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.
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