Human Services Network of Colorado

Upcoming events

    • 01/19/2021
    • (MST)
    • 01/28/2021
    • (MST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    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​; 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 Certificate of Completion

    • 02/10/2021
    • (MST)
    • 02/11/2021
    • (MST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 57
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    Through this workshop, human services professionals will better understand the specific issues faced by adults who have grown up with drug and alcohol addiction and children still living in a home that is facing these issues. We will focus on how children are affected and different tools professionals can use to help these kids and their families. We will explore the healing journey for children and their families. Using the Betty Ford Center Model, participants will learn effective strategies to make a difference in the lives of children and adults; understand our unique prevention model; and explore new tools for working with children, parents and families. Come fill your “tool box” with activities, games and techniques that really work!

    Evidence-Based Learning Objectives

    After completing this workshop participants will successfully be able to:
    • describe three ways children are adversely impacted by family addiction;
    • list the core characteristics of resiliency;
    • demonstrate two activities which engage these youth in the healing process;
    • state three important messages for children from addicted families to hear to further their recovery.

    Presenters:

    Robby Bruza (he/him/his) has been a Children’s Counselor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation since 2017. Robby received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 2014 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Robby has worked in a variety of administrative and clinical roles within the human services field and has found great joy and purpose in working with children and families in the Children’s Program.
    Kase Wille has been with the Hazelden Betty Ford Children’s Program since 2016. Kase was born and raised in Colorado and completed his BA in English at the University of Northern Colorado in 2014. He has worked with children and families for the past 15 years in a variety of settings. Kase loves having the opportunity to work with amazing families in recovery in the Children’s Program.

    Our Co-Sponsor

    Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation

    Founded in 1949 at a Minnesota lakeside farmhouse, Hazelden grew into one of the world's largest and most respected private not-for-profit alcohol and drug addiction treatment providers, paving the way for its 2014 merger with the Betty Ford Center.

    Eligible for 6 hours Certificate of Completion

    • 02/16/2021
    • (MST)
    • 02/18/2021
    • (MST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 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, 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 8 hours CEU

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    Eligible for 8 hours Certificate of Completion
    • 02/23/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (MST)
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 30
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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.

    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.

    Eligible for 6 hours Certificate of Completion.

    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.

    • 02/25/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (MST)
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 46
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    This training will review the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion and encourage learners to explore and reflect upon how personal values, biases and assumptions can impact us at an individual, interpersonal and systemic level. This workshop will provide strategies that will aid in being more effective in working with clients as well as colleagues, which in turn will help to foster a more productive and engaging work environment. Through a series of exercises, discussions and self-reflective activities, participants will examine their personal cultural competence and explore and reflect upon how personal values, biases and assumptions can impact the quality of daily interactions with the goal of increasing the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with all people.

    Attendees will:

      • Understand the relationship between culture and bias;
      • Gain a deeper understanding of the following terms: prejudice, discrimination, microaggressions and racism;
      • Reflect on individual cultural backgrounds, power, and privilege. Understand the concept of unconscious bias and the cognitive processes which enable it.
      • Engage in a discussion around potential biases that occur in the human services field as well as strategies to mitigate those biases.

    Presenter: Nadia Ali

    Nadia has nearly 20 years of experience working in a variety of settings with people from various educational, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Her depth of experience spans program management, coalition building, leadership and workforce development, community outreach, health care reform and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training and consulting. She is passionate about health and racial equity and her work has primarily centered around increasing access to care in low-income and immigrant populations, creating leadership opportunities for underrepresented minorities, and increasing awareness and dialogue around health and racial equity.

    Over the past 10 years, Nadia has become deeply involved with DEI efforts in a variety of capacities. During her tenure as a Director at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, a nationally-recognized healthcare non-profit, she worked on fostering a more inclusive culture by shifting the organization to a skills-based hiring model, implemented new interviewing practices and pathways for leadership, and created opportunities for professional development that focused on improving team communications and culture.

    Nadia has developed and facilitated DEI workshops for small businesses and recently provided leadership coaching over a six-month period to a small cohort of non-profit executives and board chairs around inclusive leadership practices. Most recently, she launched her consulting firm, Idea Labs. Idea Labs is a mission-driven consulting firm advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace through training, coaching and organizational strategy.

    Nadia's academic background includes studies in health policy and management, public health, and Spanish. Nadia is a graduate of New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Rutgers University. Nadia's approach to DEI includes using a trauma-informed lens, therapeutic communication techniques and adult learning principles. She is uniquely positioned to design and deliver these services drawing from her lived experience and professional background by blending a deep understanding of racial equity, various leadership frameworks and workplace dynamics.

    Eligible for 2.5 hours Certificate of Completion

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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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