Human Services Network of Colorado

Upcoming events

    • 03/11/2020
    • 05/06/2020
    • 3 sessions
    • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
    • 26
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    Are you providing the kind of high quality service you want to offer? Do you or your employees need skills training in multiple competencies in order to get up to speed? Are you taking care of your clients in the most effective and efficient way? Are you taking care of yourself and your career?

    This comprehensive training and certification program can help. The Network is proud to present the 5th Annual Direct Service Provider Certification series in partnership with Aspire Training and Consulting. Most direct care resources and trainings focus on psychotherapy. This series focuses on practical approaches, successfully modified to fit case management and other helping relationships, that are NOT primarily therapeutic in nature.

    This series of three, 6-hour, intensive workshops will be conducted  on March 11, April 15 and May 6). This spaced format offers opportunities for education, practice and coaching that are not practical in a more tightly-sequenced series of workshops. The goal of each session is to enhance knowledge, skill and confidence in providing effective client-centered care. 

    18 hours of in-person training and coaching with over 8 hours of online training for a total of 26 hours training and coaching overall.

    Learning Objectives

    • Define my Success
    • Understand Self Care
    • Review Best Practices in Case Management/Navigation
    • Understand the Process of Change
    • Learn about the Care Cycle (Intake through Discharge)
    • Learn about Therapeutic Communication
    • Understand Crisis Management
    • Learn about the Care/Treatment Cycle (Intake through Discharge)
    • Apply MI & Other Skills in Work with Clients (Intake through Discharge)
    • Apply Information & Skills to Case Scenarios
    • Plan to Implement Information & Skills on the job

    Online Trainings include the following topics

    1. Helper as a Person (50 minutes)
    2. Therapeutic Communication (40 minutes)
    3. Multiculturalism (1 hour 10 minutes)
    4. HIPAA (45 minutes)
    5. Mandatory Reporting (45 minutes)
    6. Stages of Change (40 minutes)
    7. Harm Reduction (30 minutes)
    8. Service Planning/Monitoring (40 minutes)
    9. Approaches to Difficult Situations (30 minutes)

    Direct Service Provider Certificate

    Aspire Training will provide a certificate of completion for the Direct Service Provider Certification Program, documenting all hours of both in-person and online trainings. Attendees will receive continuing education credits/units (CECs/CEUs) from the National Association of Social Workers - Colorado Chapter (per eligibility). Eligible for 25 hours continuing education credit.


    • 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.
    • Amazing presentation; so many good ideas and concepts. Great ways to implement.
    • As a result of this series:
      • I have found better solutions or ways to handle situations.
      • I am able to be a better listener by practicing MI approaches.
      • I feel more confident, and productive in conversations, and feel I more positively impact others.
    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. 

    Our Co-Sponsor:
    Colorado Housing & Finance Authority

    • 04/09/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Mi Casa Resource Center, 345 S Grove St, Denver, CO 80219
    • 45

    What does it mean to be a nurturing parent, and how can we apply those principles of nurturing to our work in Human Services?

    Making use of the evidence and research-based curricula that we use with parents, we’ll explore what it looks like to set a container of safety through building self-awareness, practicing self-care, and listening from a place of empathy. We’ll also discuss safe communication, conflict resolution, and what it looks like to set healthful boundaries. Regardless of whether we’re addressing challenges with our kids, or managing conflict with clients, these principles can be broadly applied to ensure that we’re meeting all the people in our lives with dignity and respect.

    Participants can expect to walk away with:

    • an understanding of the curriculum that the Fatherhood/Parenthood program offers to the public;
    • knowledge of how you can support safe, effective parenting;
    • tools that can help to de-escalate conflict at home and at work, and;
    • how to refer parents to this program.


    Jeff Thompson has worked with the Jefferson County Fatherhood/Parenthood program for 4 years. The program currently offers four trauma-informed support groups per week, and one group in Jefferson County Jail. In 2017, Jeff researched, authored, and implemented the Constructive Co-Parenting program for Jefferson County, and he is currently pursuing his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

    Augie Truhn is a Parent Support Specialist with the Jefferson County Fatherhood/Parenthood Program where he and co-worker Jeff Thompson facilitate support groups for moms and dads based on the Nurturing Father’s curriculum. Augie received his MSW from Metropolitan State University in 2018 and is trained in Restorative Justice through The Conflict Center.

    Together, Jeff and Augie worked with over 500 parents in 2019, through their no cost support groups and one on one coaching. Their program also offers child support services, and much more.

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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