Human Services Network of Colorado

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    • 01/20/2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 39
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    We all know that too much stress is a bad thing and most of us would like to manage it better, but when we step into the chaos of our daily lives, the quiet voice of serenity in our heads gets a lot harder to listen to. Brain research shows how stress impacts a wide range of cognitive functions. Our clients have additional challenges that make it difficult for them to implement the changes we are helping them to develop. In addition, working with people in need can lead to secondary trauma and burnout. 

    This workshop offers strategies and tools for your survival kit that you can put into practice so they don’t require much thought or effort when they are really needed. You can also share these techniques with your clients to help them develop more resilience to the stress and trauma in their lives.

    Concepts in this workshop are based on research and methods from authors such as Jon Kabat-Zinn (Full Catastrophe Living) Martin Seligman (Flourish), Rick Hanson (Hardwiring Happiness), Daniel Siegel (Mindsight) and Herbert Benson (The Relaxation Response) as well as methods developed over years of personal and professional practice.

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    Topics include:

    • Awareness: Internal and External

    • Breathing Check-ins and Other Fundamentals

    • Triggering the Relaxation Response

    • What Neuroscience has to say about Stress and Relaxation

    • Enhancing and Extending Positive Experiences

    • Environmental Prep: Feng Shui if it Feels Good

    • Explore Your Senses

    • Honor What Hurts

    • Declutter Your Destressing

    • Establishing New Routines

    • Sharing the Wealth: Who Brings You Joy?

    Participants will learn and practice breathing techniques, imagery, movement, body scans, focusing techniques and methods for designing a calming environment for themselves and their clients. Participants will leave with personalized techniques they can practice in their daily lives and incorporate into their professional practice.

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    Presenter Joanne McLain is a counselor, coach, curriculum designer and writer. She has over thirty years of experience working with people to help them gain skills to create the life they want to live. You can find out more about Joanne HERE.

    Eligible for 1.5 hours Certificate of Completion.

    • 01/25/2022
    • 02/03/2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 7
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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 four-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​;​

    Explore proven implementation strategies that help improve your Motivational Interviewing skills in the field​.

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    Presenter: Avani G. Dilger, MEd, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, CA
    Avani 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. Avani has been training professionals in in Motivational Interviewing and other evidence-based practices worldwide for over 20 years. Find out more about Avani HERE.

    Eligible for 16 hours Certificate of Completion

    • 02/08/2022
    • 02/11/2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 40
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    This three-session training series provides a foundation of knowledge and skill in providing Healing-Informed Care (HIC) to clients of all walks of life. Often referred to as Trauma-Informed Care, the training focuses on enhancement of knowledge, skill and confidence of direct care providers in work with those stressed and/or traumatized. Information regarding stress and trauma will include common terms (e.g. secondary trauma, burn-out, compassion fatigue, 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. This content will also provide an understanding of the impact of trauma on the brain, planning, processing, learning, relating and more. Motivational Interviewing (MI) and other approaches will be utilized to apply HIC and other concepts to client scenarios.

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

    • Explain HIC to a colleague;

    • Understand the ways stress/trauma might impact clients or you;

    • Explore ways you can be more healing-informed in your work;

    • Identify at least one thing you could do for effective self-care

    • Apply HIC approaches to client scenarios; and

    • Develop a plan for utilizing HIC strategies on the job.

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    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.

    Testimonials

     For someone new to the field, this was extremely helpful!
    • This training really improved my interactions and gave me the push I needed.
    • Use information on a daily basis. Helps structure meetings and address critical issues.

    • Loved this training! So applicable and valuable in our positions

    Eligible for 12 hours Certificate of Completion

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    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.
    • 02/15/2022
    • 02/17/2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 14
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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 series. The 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
    • a manual with tailored MI exercises to build and sustain their team’s MI skills

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    Presenter: Avani G. Dilger, MEd, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, CA
    Avani 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. Avani has been training professionals in in Motivational Interviewing and other evidence-based practices worldwide for over 20 years. Find out more about Avani HERE.

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    Eligible for 8 hours Certificate of Completion

    • 02/22/2022
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 89
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    Bipolar disorder used to be known as manic depressive disorder. It is easy for the disorder to make affected individuals feel out of sync with their moods; making friends with the disorder and steering towards healthy choices helps clients manage symptoms, minimize mood cycling, and feel more in control. The first half of this workshop will review the basics of bipolar disorder: diagnostic features, prevalence, demographics, etiology, neurobiological underpinnings and course of the disorder. The second half of this workshop will review current treatments for bipolar disorders: medications, evidence-based psychotherapies, and focus of current research.

    Objectives

    Participants in this workshop will be able to:

    • Describe symptoms generally associated with bipolar disorders;

    • Explain the differences between bipolar disorder and unipolar depression, schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia;

    • Identify other diagnoses that may be misdiagnosed as bipolar disorders;

    • Explore differences in treatment between children, adolescents and adults;

    • Review psychopharmacological treatments for bipolar disorders.

    Who Should Attend? Case managers, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, mental health professionals, clinicians, nurses, health and human service practitioners.

    Eligible for 3-hours Certificate of Completion

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    Presenter: Dr. Mita Johnson 

    Dr. Mita Johnson

    Dr. Johnson has been a counselor for 30 years, consultant for 20 years, clinical supervisor for 15 years and higher learning educator for 10 years. She  teaches, trains, and speaks internationally on numerous topics including ethics, diagnosis, psychopharmacology, and substance use disorders. As President and Ethics Chair of NAADAC, Dr. Johnson is passionate about understanding how psycho-pharmaceuticals and illicit substances systemically influence the body. Find out more about Dr. Johnson HERE

    • 03/10/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 44
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    De-escalation of disruptive behavior has become an essential skill, pertinent to all staff providing human services. The need for safe, effective techniques to manage the disruptive client is no longer limited to those who work with severe mental illness in residential or hospital settings.

    To add to the problem, the current de-institutionalization trend has injected thousands of individuals who once were treated on an inpatient basis, into a society which is not quite sure how to manage their behavior. Outpatient mental health facilities are being asked to service clients who formerly had inpatient care. Frequently, staff at a community-based treatment centers do not have the training or experience to manage the aggressive behaviors of clients who were once institutionalized.

    This training provides attendees with a safe, non-harmful techniques, designed to aid human service professionals in the management of disruptive clients. Strategies and specific skills for dealing with clients in varying stages of escalation will be presented and discussed. Non-restraining physical protective maneuvers will be reviewed, demonstrated and discussed. Principles of debriefing and using teaching moments will also be addressed.

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    De-escalation will be presented in three phases:

    • Phase 1 Avoiding escalation through Self Care and Awareness;
    • Phase 2 Anatomy of crisis development and de-escalating skill sets; and
    • Phase 3 Exit maneuvers and debriefing skills.

    By the end of the webinar, learners will be able to:

    • Recognize the importance of self-care in how it relates to escalating/de-escalating any situation;
    • Apply de-escalation techniques effective in approaching and reducing the • tension of an agitated person;
    • Understand the impact of their reactions on the agitated person;
    • Utilize tools to control their anxieties during interventions toward maintaining the best possible professional attitude; and

    • Describe nonverbal, para-verbal and verbal skills to maintain the best possible care and welfare, as well as safety and security, for all involved.

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    Presenter: Tracy L. Hutchinson, LPC, MAC, CAC 

    Tracy 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 a facilitator of professional growth and development for team building. See more information about Tracy HERE.


    Eligible for 6 hours Certificate of Completion

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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 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 15 days prior to event: 50% refund will be issued in the form of a credit towards future registration.
  • Up to 29 days prior to event: A full refund will be issued.
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