Human Services Network of Colorado

Upcoming events

    • 07/02/2020
    • (MDT)
    • 07/23/2020
    • (MDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    Registration is closed

    All sessions run from 9am to 12pm with a brief break at 1030. Each session is eligible for 3 CEUs.

    Session 1. Advanced MI Training focusing on MI Strategy
    Register for this event HERE

    A lot of practitioners are familiar with the basic MI Skills and comfortable with using the OARS Skills. Are you interested in going to the next level with your MI Practice and gaining more confidence around the strategic use of MI?

    Motivational Interviewing can achieve powerful results in a very short amount of time when a practitioner knows the MAP of CHANGE and understands how to use MI skills strategically, so when to use which skill set for maximizing the client’s momentum towards positive change.

    During this training you will:

      • Understand and be able to utilize the Map of Change
      • Review the different Skill Sets in MI and their STRATEGIC use
      • Practice MI Strategy with client examples
      • Learn how to assess for success in your MI practice

    Session Two: Advanced MI Training focusing on Engaging TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS
    Register for this event HERE

    Motivational Interviewing is a powerful tool in working with Teens & Young Adults. Unfairly, adolescents have often been stereotyped as being difficult to engage or as “resistant”. It is often the approach that results in defensiveness and resistance. Young people love approaches that emphasize autonomy and equality, and MI is one approach that is very successful in engaging young people. In this training you will learn how practitioners are using MI in the work with teens & young adults in the “Natural Highs – Healthy Alternatives to Drugs & Alcohol” Nonprofit Program specifically with substance abuse and mental health and what elements of MI are particularly helpful in motivating and engaging young people.

    In this training you will:

      • Learn to apply MI using the “Natural Highs- Healthy Alternatives to Drugs & Alcohol” Program
      • Understand what was learned from engaging young people in this program
      • Learn to utilize specific Elements of MI that help engage young people
      • Explore how to motivate young people as leaders

    Session Three: Advanced MI Training to address trauma in clients and to prevent vicarious trauma in professionals (if you took our recent “Turning Anxiety into your new Superpower” training, please know that this is essentially the same webinar)
    Register for this event HERE

    Trauma is becoming more and more 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.

    • 07/07/2020
    • (MDT)
    • 07/08/2020
    • (MDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 19
    Registration is closed

    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.

    • 07/16/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 70
    Register

    All sessions run from 9am to 12pm with a brief break at 1030. Each session is eligible for 3 CEUs.

    Advanced MI Training focusing on Engaging Teens & Young Adults

    Motivational Interviewing is a powerful tool in working with Teens & Young Adults. Unfairly, adolescents have often been stereotyped as being difficult to engage or as “resistant”. It is often the approach that results in defensiveness and resistance. Young people love approaches that emphasize autonomy and equality, and MI is one approach that is very successful in engaging young people. In this training you will learn how practitioners are using MI in the work with teens & young adults in the “Natural Highs – Healthy Alternatives to Drugs & Alcohol” Nonprofit Program specifically with substance abuse and mental health and what elements of MI are particularly helpful in motivating and engaging young people.

    In this training you will:

      • Learn to apply MI using the “Natural Highs- Healthy Alternatives to Drugs & Alcohol” Program
      • Understand what was learned from engaging young people in this program
      • Learn to utilize specific Elements of MI that help engage young people
      • Explore how to motivate young people as leaders

    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.

    • 07/23/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 68
    Register

    All sessions run from 9am to 12pm with a brief break at 1030. Each session is eligible for 3 CEUs.

    Advanced MI Training to address trauma in clients and to prevent vicarious trauma in professionals (if you took our recent “Turning Anxiety into your new Superpower” training, please know that this is essentially the same webinar)

    Trauma is becoming more and more 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.

    • 08/12/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)
    • Zoom Webinar
    Register

    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.

    Educational 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 the differences in treatment between children, adolescents and adults; and
    • Review psychopharmacological treatments for bipolar disorders.

    TARGET AUDIENCE:  Case managers, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, mental health professionals, clinicians, nurses, health and human service practitioners.

    Eligible for 3 CEUs

    Presenter: Dr. Mita Johnson

    Dr. Johnson has degrees in biology, counseling and counselor education and supervision. She has been a counselor for 30 years, consultant for 20 years, clinical supervisor for 15 years and higher learning educator for 10 years. She holds several credentials including licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed addiction counselor, master addiction counselor, and certified telemental health professional. Dr. Johnson is a core faculty member at Walden University’s School of Counseling MS program. She teaches, trains, and speaks nationally and internationally on numerous topics including ethics, diagnosis, psychopharmacology, and substance use disorders. Dr. Johnson is the President-Elect and Ethics Chair of NAADAC. She is passionate about understanding how psychopharmaceuticals and illicit substances influence the body systemically.

Event Calendar

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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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