Human Services Network of Colorado

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    • 11/15/2022
    • 12/20/2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom webinar
    • 0
    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 online training with a four-hour session each day.

     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

    • 12/05/2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 39
    Register

     The ability to provide effective, compassionate, and competent support to communities of color depends upon our understanding of the ways we carry racial bias into our professional interactions – but as helping professionals, many of us were never trained to explore our biases, so we may struggle to support our clients of color in the ways we intend. This training will offer the opportunity to deepen your understanding of racial bias concepts by exploring systems of racial oppression, naming the roles we as professionals play in those oppressive systems, identifying how covert forms of racism impact our clients of color, and considering how we can shift our actions to reduce the impact of racial trauma.

    Goals: Utilize the white supremacy iceberg as a foundational tool for categorizing, identifying, and naming forms of racism that show up in interactions between clients of color and human service field workers with the goal of challenging these interactions to shift to a place of reduced racial harm for clients.

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    Presenter: Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker

    Dr. Wirta-Leikeris a licensed psychologist specializing in social justice-oriented mental health support. As a professional and woman of color, she is passionate about the application of anti-racism work within the mental health field, and encourages the dismantling of white supremacist practices through deeper exploration of individual biases and interpersonal interactions. She believes strongly in the capacity for change stemming from self-awareness and self-reflection when spaces can safely balance the presence of challenge and compassion. Dr. Wirta-Leiker’s private practice is located in Denver, Colorado, and she is a frequent speaker and trainer at agencies, schools, camps, and conferences throughout the country.

    Eligible for 2 hours Certificate of Completion

    • 12/12/2022
    • 12/13/2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom webinar
    • 89
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    Few periods in recent history have been as challenging for the human service and healthcare workforce as the last couple of years. The pandemic forced us to drastically change how we deliver services with little time to plan as rates of trauma skyrocketed. Unlike other work stressors, COVID-19 transcends the work environment as it threatens our lives and those of our family and friends. Besides the fear of the virus, we saw a fight for racial justice, a financial crisis, and an intense and divisive political election and insurrection. As we enter 2023, many people are tired, traumatized, angry, and afraid.

    The challenge facing us is clear: how do we recover our health and provide the best services possible for the people we serve? If not strategically addressed, our mental health threatens to lower our outcomes, devastate our organizational culture, and cost us financially in turnover, absenteeism, health care costs, and declining productivity.

    Day 1 focuses on understanding what happened to us and creating a recovery or resiliency plan entering the new year. This session will help attendees find small changes that promote recovery and to ensure they have the energy and mental health to give their best to those they serve.

    Day 2 focuses on leaders, managers, and those interested in helping organizations and teams recover and thrive. This session will challenge attendees to create a 2023 Recovery Plan while addressing the systematic issues that burned people out at alarming rates before the pandemic.

    Eligible for 6 hours Certificate of Completion

    Matt Bennett is a relentless advocate for trauma-informed care and other interventions that help people and communities heal. His passion manifests in his books Connecting Paradigms, Talking about Trauma & Change, Heart Variability, and Trauma-Sensitive Early Education as well as his Trauma-Informed Lens and Heart Rate Variability Podcasts. Mr. Bennett combines his masters’ degrees in community psychology and executive development/nonprofit management and business administration with his practical experience as a therapist and leader to develop research-based solutions to improve the health of individuals, staff, 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.

      
    • 12/15/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 39
    Register

    This Advanced Motivational Interviewing Training is designed to address trauma in clients and to prevent secondary trauma in professionals using MI techniques. You will receive the most benefit if you already taken Motivational Interviewing Basic but practitioners at all experience levels can benefit from this insightful training event. 

    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.

    In this training you will:

      • Learn to understand and identify secondary trauma symptoms
      • Learn about the neuroscience of trauma & PTSD
      • Learn how to turn trauma into resilience
      • Gain confidence in working with trauma in clients
      • Practice MI Skills in supporting clients with trauma
      • Learn MI Skills as Self-Care skills to prevent secondary trauma
      • Resource Packet with handouts, resource lists, access to additional online resources around working with trauma & secondary trauma

    Eligible for a three hour Certificate of Completion

    Presenter: Avani G. Dilger, MEd, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, CAC III, ADS

    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.

    • 01/10/2023
    • 01/19/2023
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom webinar
    • 31
    Register

    This evidence-based approach has consistently shown positive outcomes in dealing with resistance and defensiveness. Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. 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 online training with a four-hour session each day.

     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​.

    _____

    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

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  • Substitutions are welcome; please let us know in advance.
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