Human Services Network of Colorado

Turning Anxiety into your new Superpower

  • 12/15/2022
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar
  • 39


  • For members of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. Contact us for the registration code.


This Advanced Motivational Interviewing Training is designed to address trauma in clients and to prevent secondary trauma in professionals using MI techniques. You will receive the most benefit if you already taken Motivational Interviewing Basic but practitioners at all experience levels can benefit from this insightful training event. 

Trauma is increasingly 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.

In this training you will:

    • Learn to understand and identify secondary trauma symptoms
    • Learn about the neuroscience of trauma & PTSD
    • Learn how to turn trauma into resilience
    • Gain confidence in working with trauma in clients
    • Practice MI Skills in supporting clients with trauma
    • Learn MI Skills as Self-Care skills to prevent secondary trauma
    • Resource Packet with handouts, resource lists, access to additional online resources around working with trauma & secondary trauma

Eligible for a three hour Certificate of Completion

Presenter: Avani G. Dilger, MEd, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, CAC III, ADS

Avani 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. Avani has been training professionals in in Motivational Interviewing and other evidence-based practices worldwide for over 20 years. Find out more about Avani HERE.

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