Human Services Network of Colorado

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    • 10/01/2020
    • (MDT)
    • 10/19/2020
    • (MDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 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​.​
    Eligible for 16 CEUs

    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

    • 10/12/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (MDT)
    • Zoom Webinar

    People who have been incarcerated face significant barriers when they return to the community to pick up their lives. Sean Ahshee Taylor and Justin Larson will be discussing life before, during, and after prison from the point of view of two men who have served time and are now on the front lines of helping to change the face of re-entry in Colorado. Mr. Taylor and Mr. Larson work for Second Chance Center, an organization that for over eight years now has been on the cutting edge of new approaches to assisting people as they return from prison.

    Mr. Taylor will introduce the audience to the work of the Second Chance Center, and Mr. Larson will lead a discussion about the key lessons the organization has learned regarding the most effective approaches to this work. 

    Takeaways will include: 

    • how to foster a sense of belonging in this population;
    • the reasons why state and national recidivism rates are approaching 50% when the same rates are below 10% for Second Chance Center participants
    • the methods that Second Chance Center uses to achieve such rates 
    • a dive into use of names and language to frame past experiences


    Justin Larson grew up in Kansas City, and was deep into drug addiction before he was 18. Ultimately, he ended up in prison, where he had a simple but life changing experience - he helped another man pass the GED. Fulfilled in a way he hadn't known before, he started taking college classes to become a substance use counselor, realizing that he could give his own experiences meaning by helping others. After his release, he obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Human Services (with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling) and was hired at Second Chance Center, where he now proudly serves as the Program Development Manager and a Care Manager. Justin has completed his course work for a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UNC and is preparing to do his clinical supervision hours.

    Sean Ahshee Taylor was born in Springfield Massachusetts but grew up primarily in Denver Colorado. In the late eighties, at the age of 17, Sean got himself into serious trouble and was sentenced to life in prison. Upon his incarceration, he began a journey of bettering himself. After serving 22 years within the Department of Corrections the outgoing Governor, Bill Ritter Jr., commuted Sean’s life sentence and he was released from prison. This former gang member and lifer is now the Deputy Director and Certified Fitness Instructor for the Second Chance Center. Sean is also a Gang Intervention Specialist who partners with the Department of Corrections as the lead facilitator of the iL.I.V.E. Mentoring program, to reduce the amount of negative security threat group activity within the DOC. As a member of the Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network (ICAN), Sean has touched lives in ways that have manifested in prison releases and a growing national support for youth sentencing reform. He has also written op-eds and participated in media interviews to highlight the importance of second chances, but most importantly, and what is most impactful, is the positive change that Sean demonstrates in his daily life. Sean is an ambassador for those who deserve the same opportunities that he was given. In short, Sean is helping to change the narrative and shine a light of hope upon the faces of those who had been shoved into darkness as children, many years ago. Sean is confident that in 2020 he will continue to see more deserving people go home, and he will continue to see an increase in the number of states that have banned the cruel and inhumane practice of “juvenile life without parole.” Just like other Second Chance Center, ICAN, and iL.I.V.E. staff, Sean’s love, compassion, and insights help to fuel the movement with the hope and determination it needs to be successful.

    Eligible for two hours Certificate of Completion.

    This event is co-sponsored by
    Second Chance Center of Colorado

    • 10/14/2020
    • (MDT)
    • 11/18/2020
    • (MST)
    • 6 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 44

    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 Direct Service Provider Online 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 six, three-hour, intensive workshops will be conducted in October and November. 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 intensive training and coaching with over 8 hours of supplemental online training for a total of 26 hours training and coaching.

    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. 
    • 10/26/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 42
    Advanced MI Training to address trauma in clients and to prevent vicarious trauma in professionals

    Trauma is increasingly recognized as a driving factor for causing major mental health and addiction symptoms and can create challenges and obstacles in our work with clients. There is also a growing awareness that professionals get impacted with secondary trauma which can lead to serious symptoms and burnout. A lot of agencies are struggling to help their staff in dealing with trauma in their clients and to help their staff in preventing burnout.

    Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based practice that is proven to support positive change for clients, but it is also an excellent skillset to prevent secondary trauma and burnout for the practitioner by changing the dynamics of not taking on the tension from our work.

    After this training you will:

    • Be able to understand and identify secondary trauma symptoms
    • Understand the neuroscience of trauma & PTSD
    • Learn how to turn trauma into resilience
    • Gain confidence in working with clients experiencing trauma
    Presenter: Avani G. Dilger, MEd, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, CAC III, ADS

    Avani is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Addiction Counselor, a Somatic Psychotherapist, an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, 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 innovative, grassroots substance abuse prevention and intervention program that teaches teens to become leaders around healthier lifestyles and positive peer culture. In addition to teaching the Natural Highs program at several high schools in Boulder and at Naropa University, Avani works as a psychotherapist with teens, families and adults with issues around substance abuse, addiction and trauma using approaches such as Somatic Psychotherapy, Brainspotting and Systemic Constellationwork. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and trains Motivational Interviewing for criminal justice, mental health, health care, and substance abuse professionals.

    • 11/24/2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (MST)
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 58

    Transportation is a major obstacle for people with disabilities, with more than 500,000 never leaving their homes simply because they lack a way to get around, according to a new report. The reasons vary, but a report from The American Association of People with Disabilities and The Leadership Conference Education Fund found extensive problems for those living in both urban and rural locales when it comes to getting from point A to point B. The problems persist even as the Americans with Disabilities Act requires public transportation systems to be accessible.

    New technologies are being created to assist people with mobility challenges. This workshop will help participants to become more familiar with the different ways in which technology and transportation are intersecting to give people with mobility challenges more options.

    Participants will:

    • Review technology updates from familiar current providers – e.g. Access-a-Ride, IntelliRide, DRMAC’s Getting There
    • Learn about Boulder County Mobility for All’s Technology Ambassador Program and how volunteer peer ambassadors are helping Boulder County residents master technology to access Uber, Lyft, RTD Mobile ticketing, and more.
    • Receive a demonstration of DRMAC’s new paratransit app to help Metro area residents find transportation options

    Eligible for 1.5 CEUs


    Carol Buchanan is the Director of Programs at Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council (DRMAC) where she oversees DRMAC’s program initiatives to achieve mobility and access for all. This includes stakeholder and member engagement, publication of DRMAC’s annual transportation guide, staffing the Transportation Information and Assistance Center, and coordinating transit related educational workshops and forums. Carol has over 30 years of experience in the field of human services working with various communities. She has a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from James Madison University.

    Angel Bond is the Boulder County Mobility for All Program Manager. She has over twenty years’ experience in the public sector, demonstrating consistent success coordinating collaborative projects and bringing together diverse interests at the international, national, regional, and local levels of government. Angel’s work ranges from facilitating the Mobility for All Coordinating Coalition to planning and implementing projects that improve access to multimodal transportation options for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and low-income households. She led the Mobility for All Technology Ambassador Project, which was awarded the 2020 Boulder County Pinnacle Award for Inclusion by the Board of County Commissioners.

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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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