Human Services Network of Colorado

Upcoming events

    • 12/03/2020
    • (MST)
    • 12/15/2020
    • (MST)
    • 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 CEU

    • 12/18/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MST)
    • Zoom Webinar

     This workshop will focus on what providers should do when the police contact their client; whether it be on the street, in a vehicle, or at a residence, providing practical guidance to protect their rights and preserve their future. The first half will be about client rights and best practices. The second half will explore practical tools for applying those rights and best practices. There will be time for discussion and questions after both halves of the presentation.

    Goals and takeaways include:

    • Empowering providers with knowledge of their clients’ legal rights;
    • tools they can use to protect clients and their families;
    • best practices to follow during police encounters;
    • how to discuss these practices with and educate different human services populations;
    • how to remain empathetic through these tough conversations; and
    • resources available to you and your clients.


     Eric Faddis is an attorney, media legal correspondent, and Colorado native. He is a former felony prosecutor, current criminal defense and civil litigation attorney, Founding Partner of Varner Faddis Elite Legal, and a regular contributor to Court TV and other media outlets.
     Jamie Ray is a Colorado Native who Leads Civic Engagement for Second Chance Center in North Aurora. Jamie Ray comes from small tight-knit family that was heavily affected by incarceration, which led to her passion for criminal justice reform. She is now pursuing a degree in Law at the University of Denver. 

    Eligible for three hours Certificate of Completion.

    This event is co-sponsored by

    Second Chance Center of Colorado

    and Varner Faddis Elite Legal

    • 12/22/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MST)
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 40

    Life is filled with life stressors that are biological, psychological, emotional and relational.  How we respond to those stressors is driven by genetic, biological and environmental factors.  Most individuals will have times that result in depression, feelings of sadness and/or anxiety.  This workshop will define the various types of depression and anxiety and their impact on an individual and their community. There will be an exploration of evidence-based treatments and strategies available to help a person struggling with depression and anxiety including medications and psychotherapeutic interventions.  In addition, there will be a discussion about community resources available to empower and support the clinician and client. 

    Objectives:  Participants in this workshop will be able to:

    • Discuss the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for anxiety and depression
    • Describe the impact of anxiety and depression on the client and significant others
    • Explore psychotherapeutic and pharmacological treatment options available to the client
    • Explore three community and online resources available to the clinician and client

    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 CEUs

    • 01/08/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MST)
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 50

    We all know that too much stress is a bad thing and most of us would like to manage it better, but when we step into the chaos of our daily lives, the quiet voice of serenity in our heads gets a lot harder to listen to. Brain research shows how stress impacts a wide range of cognitive functions. Our clients have additional challenges that make it difficult for them to implement the changes we are helping them to develop. In addition, working with people in need can lead to secondary trauma and burnout. 

    This workshop offers strategies and tools for your survival kit that you can put into practice so they don’t require much thought or effort when they are really needed. You can also share these techniques with your clients to help them develop more resilience to the stress and trauma in their lives.

    Concepts in this workshop are based on research and methods from authors such as Jon Kabat-Zinn (Full Catastrophe Living) Martin Seligman (Flourish), Rick Hanson (Hardwiring Happiness), Daniel Siegel (Mindsight) and Herbert Benson (The Relaxation Response) as well as methods developed over years of personal and professional practice.

    Specific topics include:

    • Awareness: Internal and External
    • Breathing Check-ins and Other Fundamentals
    • Triggering the Relaxation Response
    • What Neuroscience has to say about Stress and Relaxation
    • Enhancing and Extending Positive Experiences
    • Environmental Prep: Feng Shui if it Feels Good
    • Explore Your Senses
    • Honor What Hurts
    • Declutter Your Destressing
    • Establishing New Routines
    • Sharing the Wealth: Who Brings You Joy?

    Participants will learn and practice breathing techniques, imagery, movement, body scans, focusing techniques and methods for designing a calming environment for themselves and their clients. Participants will leave with personalized techniques they can practice in their daily lives and incorporate into their professional practice

    Presenter Joanne McLain is a counselor, coach, curriculum designer and writer. She has over thirty years of experience working with people to help them gain skills to create the life they want to live. She is a Director at Financial Health Institute. Her experience includes six years with a county Department of Human Services, where she was the Deputy Director and managed Family Programs including services for families involved in Child Welfare, Adult Protection, and all benefits programs. She has been a mental health and substance abuse counselor in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, private practice, nursing homes, a volunteer fire department, emergency rooms and inpatient units. Joanne has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addictions Counselor. She also earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Colorado-Denver.

    • 02/25/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (MST)
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 47

    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.

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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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