Human Services Network of Colorado

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    • 04/27/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 05/06/2021
    • (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 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

    • 05/10/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (MDT)
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 45

    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.


    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

    • 05/17/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 43

    Stigma and shame often prevent real conversations about real moments of crisis. Suicidal ideation is not discriminatory; anyone regardless of age, gender, cultural affiliation, or familial context can struggle with suicidal thoughts. It is important, as professionals and allied service providers, to take any suicidal ideation seriously. This workshop will raise awareness about how to unpack suicidal ideation, assessment and diagnostic criteria, safety planning, and relevant community resources.

    Participants in this workshop will be able to:

      • Describe signs that a person is potentially in crisis
      • Ask questions that assess their client’s state of mind
      • Persuade their client to stay alive and seek assistance
      • Refer their client to the appropriate treatment resource
      • Length of workshop: 3 hours with built-in Q & A

    Breaks: 2 ten-minute breaks

    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.

    Eligible for 3 hours Certificate of Completion

    • 05/19/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 05/27/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 41

    This four-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 three ways you can be more healing-informed in your work;
      • Identify at least one thing you could do for effective self-care (or something you could teach a client or caregiver about effective self care);
      • Apply HIC approaches to client scenarios; and
      • Develop a plan for utilizing HIC 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 hours Certificate of Completion


    • 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.
    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. 

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