This training is for counselors who have been facilitating groups for at least one year and would like to renew their skills and walk away with practical ideas, exercises and strategies to try in group. We will address the following issues and more:
Please note, this class is NOT a beginner’s class for CAC credit; it focuses instead on developing deeper efficacy with intermediate and advanced group facilitation skills.
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3 Types of CCAR trainings are being offered:
The Office of Behavioral Health is pleased to announce the Tenth Annual Regional Offender Treatment Training. The trainings will be held from 9 am to 4:30 pm with registration & check-in starting at 8 am. The Pueblo training will be May 16th at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 4001 N. Elizabeth Street, and the Denver training is on June 26th at the Holiday Inn Denver Lakewood, 7390 W. Hampden Ave.
This year topics shall include:
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Lunch will be provided during a mid-day presentation. Please indicate on registration if you are Vegetarian.
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If you will be attending the training, please print and bring the following documents with you. Copies will not be available on-site.
This newsletter highlights a grantee in Summit County and their efforts to address substance abuse and trauma. In addition, the Adverse Childhood Experience Study is examined more and there is information about upcoming training.
A new statewide effort has been launched in April called “Speak Now” to get parents to talk to their teens about the dangers of underage drinking. The campaign, created by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, provides parents with the resources they need to start a conversation with their teen and discuss the issue of teen alcohol consumption before unpleasant behaviors develop.
The Speak Now campaign encourages parents through its campaign website (www.speaknowcolorado.org) to have prompt and continued conversations with their kids about the dangers of teen drinking. The interactive website helps parents start a conversation by sending a personal text to their teen directly from the site, and also provides a “how to start a conversation” video that includes testimonials from other Colorado parents and local law enforcement. Downloadable resources address the latest Colorado underage drinking laws, statewide statistics, and effective ways to speak about alcohol and drugs. The site also links to community resources throughout Colorado. Much of the website’s content is also available in Spanish at www.hableahoracolorado.org.
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Ignition interlock devices have long been used as a means of reducing recidivism for persons with impaired driving offenses. In an article from 2011, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine concluded that “methods for combining interlock programs with alcohol treatment programs should be explored further as a potential means of extending the effectiveness of interlock beyond the period during which they are installed”.
With funding from the Persistent Drunk Driver Fund, a protocol was developed four years ago called Interlock Enhancement Counseling©® (IEC) to be used as an adjunct to DUI education and treatment for those DUI offenders who have an interlock installed in their vehicles. It is a 10 hour motivationally based brief intervention that consists of 4 brief individual sessions and 4 groups. OBH has received much interest and recognition for this initiative from both national and international colleagues. We've already trained over 300 counselors in Colorado in IEC.
OBH's proposed rules will require DUI licensed programs to include education about interlocks in their education groups, screen their DUI clients for interlock usage and requirements, and offer interlock counseling to those clients who are eligible.
The number of interlock users has increased from 6,000 to about 12,000 in the last 5 years. With changes to the law being made this legislative session, it is expected that number may easily double again in the next 5 years.
In an effort to implement the interlock education and counseling pieces fully, throughout Colorado, OBH’s Ignition Interlock Education and Treatment Policy will be going into effect July 1, 2013. The purpose of the policy is to guide the process of incorporating interlock education and counseling into DUI education and treatment programs licensed by OBH.