Human Services Network of Colorado

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    • 10/26/2021
    • 11/04/2021
    • 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 hour Certificate of Completion (COC)

    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

    • 11/12/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom Webinar
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    Human Trafficking is a global issue, but lately it has become a local issue that we are hearing more and more about, this heinous crime is happening in virtually every community in the United States. Described as a “Crime that hides in plain sight,” Sex Trafficking is difficult to detect and even more so, understand. These are topics that are hard to hear, grasp and for most individuals to even believe or accept to be happening so close to home.

    This training will provide a detailed definition and dive into the realm of Human Trafficking (both international and domestic) from various perspectives including the victim, the sex buyer, and the trafficker. The training will give the participant a glimpse into the everchanging cases faced by investigators as well as victim advocates and case managers including the depth how a child is approached, groomed, brainwashed, and coerced into the slave trade in all neighborhoods no matter the socioeconomic standings. Having the ability to differentiate between indicators of sex trafficking and grooming behaviors and “normal” teenage or childhood behaviors is a necessary skill in society today.

    Parents and professionals alike need to be able to know when something needs to be further investigated. Social media and online recruitment/control will be discussed as this is one of the most common forms utilized by traffickers. Case examples will be discussed and used throughout the presentation to maintain focus and provide real world examples. A combination of lecture, videos, and photographs will be utilized to bring this world alive for participants and teach them the indicators to be aware of.

    Goal and takeaways include:

      • Myths vs. Facts
      • Identify indicators of Sex Trafficking based on human behaviors
      • Recruitment and Grooming process
      • The different faces of “trafficker/pimps”
      • What Trauma Bonding is and how it is used to keep victims in pocket Victim mindsets/barriers to self-identification
      • Stages of Change from pre identification to post identification throughout a victim’s journey
      • The laws put in place to protect victims
      • How a case is formed and the difficulty surrounding these charges
      • A live look at real cases Be empowered to report and help potential victims
      • Open forum for Q & A after presentation

    Presenters

    Jenelle Goodrich is a community Victim Advocate, mentor, and third-party case manager assisting governmental agencies such as Department of Human Services, local law enforcement as well as Law Enforcement at the federal level in victim assistance and service. She is the founder and Executive Director of From Silenced To Saved and is an active participant in the fight for victims to have voices and traffickers to be held accountable. Jenelle has worked with many victims and survivors of Human Trafficking and has made this her sole focus for those she takes in to assist whether that be mentoring, case managing, trial assistance, first responding with law enforcement, financial assistance such as clothing/food/or rent, individual safe housing, among an array of other services.

    Detective Chris Stadler has worked for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office since 2006. He has worked in various assignments including the detention division, the patrol division, and most recently in the investigations division. Detective Stadler was assigned to the Denver FBI Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force (ILTF) as a Task Force Officer (TFO) focusing on the identification and recovery of juvenile sex trafficking victims in the Denver metro area from January 2016 until September 2019. Detective Stadler has completed numerous undercover operations as both the case agent as well as the undercover officer. Detective Stadler has presented on Human Trafficking and Sex Trafficking to a wide variety of audiences and has instructed at the University level for several years. He is currently an operator on the Douglas County Regional SWAT team, and currently assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

    Eligible for three hours Certificate of Completion

    This event is co-sponsored by


    • 11/15/2021
    • 11/16/2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom webinar
    • 63
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    Few periods in recent history have been as challenging for leaders and managers as the last several months. The pandemic forced us to drastically change how we deliver services with little time to plan or support staff through the experience. Unlike other work stressors, COVID-19 transcends the work environment as it threatened 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 the pandemic enters its second year, people are tired, traumatized, angry, and afraid.

    Leaders and managers have done heroic work to support staff while staff continue to give every ounce of energy they have to those they serve. Our resiliency and passion allowed us to survive during the pandemic and turbulent times. However, the biggest challenge is now on the horizon. Every day brings a new study about the crashing mental health of our communities. This mental health crisis will hit the social services, health care, and education sectors particularly hard as our staff were burning out at rates higher than any other occupations before the pandemic.

    The challenge that faces us is clear, how do we help a burned out and traumatized workforce recover? We cannot assume this healing will naturally happen as vaccines help us return to "normal." If not strategically address, our workforce's mental health threatens to lower our outcomes, devastate our organizational culture, and cost us financially in turnover, absenteeism, health care costs, and declining productivity. This training series will help leaders and managers understand the impact of the trauma of the last months, create a plan for recovery, and address the systematic issues that burned people out at alarming rates before the pandemic.

    Goals and Objectives

      • Understand the Mental Health Crisis happening now in human services
      • Effectively position Organizational Support & Self-care to improve performance and wellness.
      • Learn the importance and strategies for a recovery plan.

    Eligible for 4 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.

       
    • 11/18/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 48
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    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.

    Eligible for 3 Hours Certificate of Completion

    • 11/30/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom Webinar
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    For those working in social, medical, mental health, and legal services, understanding how immigration impacts our clients is imperative. Ten percent of Coloradans and 12% of Denver-metro residents are immigrants. Nearly 175,000 (25%) children in Denver and 276,000 (20%) children in Colorado have at least one parent who is an immigrant. 329,000 residents of Colorado are at risk of detention and deportation.

    Please join the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) in a discussion about introductory immigration law as it applies to our patients and clients, how immigration status impacts benefit eligibility, and best practices when working with immigrant and refugee clients and patients. RMIAN is a Colorado-based non-profit that provides free integrated legal and social services to immigrants and refugees facing detention and/or deportation. They are a leader in the region and are nationally renown for their expertise in immigration legal defense for adults, families and children, as well as advocacy, trauma-informed mental health and social service provision for immigrants.

    Goals for this discussion are

    • To learn the basics of immigration law in order to advocate for your clients/patients and direct them to appropriate services
    • To understand the compound impacts of individual trauma, forced migration, US racism and oppression, and limited service access on immigrant and refugee clients
    • To implement best practices for working with immigrants and refugees

    Presenters

    Cindy Schlosser Cindy joined RMIAN as the Detention Program Social Worker in October 2018. She began her professional career as a high school Spanish and history teacher, working with youth in an alternative learning program. In 2005, Cindy volunteered full-time at the St. Mary’s Health Clinics in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN as a community health educator and interpreter. She moved to El Paso, TX, in 2006 where she volunteered and led educational border trips with Annunciation House, a shelter for recently arrived migrants. From 2009-2015, she served as the Social Services Coordinator and legal assistant at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona. During her time at the Florence Project, she spearheaded the expansion of the social services program, and collaborated with community partners to establish detention visitation, letter-writing, and housing networks. She also contributed to the publication, “What if I’m picked up by ICE in Arizona?: Making a Family Plan”, a guide for immigrant parents navigating the child welfare and immigration systems. She holds an undergraduate degree in high school history and Spanish education and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. In addition to feeling honored to work alongside courageous and wise clients and colleagues, Cindy loves climbing, cooking and gardening, creating playful and meaningful community, and having dance parties with her child and husband. s.

    Jenny Regier, Esq.  Jenny is an Equal Justice Works fellow sponsored by Pfizer Inc. She joined RMIAN in September 2020. Jenny provides direct representation and coordinates a medical-legal partnership to improve health and legal outcomes for medically vulnerable women and gender minorities in immigration detention. Jenny was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholarship at the University of Denver (DU) Sturm College of Law. She graduated in May 2020 with the Kenneth L. Smith Award. During law school, Jenny advocated for clients through the DU Immigration Law and Policy Clinic and with immigration legal services and civil rights organizations in the Denver area, including the Meyer Law Office, Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC, the Migrant Farm Worker Division of Colorado Legal Service, and RMIAN. Before law school, Jenny worked to provide immigration legal assistance to unaccompanied children on the Texas-Mexico border as an accredited representative with the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR). She also had the privilege of living in Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, Bolivia for three years while working for a nonprofit organization. Jenny is originally from Newton, Kansas.

    Eligible for three hours Certificate of Completion

    • 12/07/2021
    • 12/16/2021
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 31
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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 hour Certificate of Completion (COC)

    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

    • 02/15/2022
    • 02/17/2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 24
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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

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