Denver Strong

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Community Resources for Wellness and Resilience

DenverStrong is a program within the Office of Behavioral Health Strategies designed to educate and empower the Denver community around behavioral health issues. We provide trainings, consultation, and community collaboration.

Our Community Resource Guide is available in English(PDF, 4MB)  and Spanish(PDF, 4MB) . It is a helpful guide for locating the services you may need. 

Training

Our trainings are grounded in evidence-based practices and free of charge for community organizations and city agencies. At the end of each training, participants receive a Community Resource Guide with mental health and related services.

Training Menu

Trauma-Informed Practices (TIP) - 4-hour training

TIP explains how one’s trauma history can impact current behaviors and how organizations and communities can best create environments that maximize a sense of safety and minimize trauma triggers. A follow-up consultation process may be scheduled to help implement and integrate these concepts into organizational practices.

Organizational Wellness: Coping with the Current Crisis and Preparing for What Comes Next - 2.5-hour training

The COVID-19 crisis has greatly disrupted many organizations. Repercussions like facility closures, financial and health stressors, staff working remotely or laid off, etc. have increased pressures and added new threats to organizations and the people they serve. This training will help organizations effectively respond to the current situation and prepare for the transition period that will follow. It focuses on the impact of trauma and the ability to build resilience to it in an organizational setting.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) - 8-hour training

MHFA demystifies mental health by teaching participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health or substance use challenges. MHFA teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better and use their strengths to stay well. This training can be adapted to different audience groups (e.g., Spanish, adult, youth, rural, higher education, veterans etc.). 

This course will be offered virtually via a portal and Zoom. You will need a camera and sound. Closer to the date of your class, you will receive a link via email to complete your pre-work; a quiz, a 2 hour self-paced module and a Zoom tutorial. Once completed, you will have access to the 6 hour instructor-led Zoom class for the date and time above.  

QPR Gate Keeper Training For Suicide Prevention (QPR) - 1-hour training

QPR is designed to teach lay & professional “gatekeepers” the common causes of suicidal behavior, warning signs of suicide, and how to help someone in crisis by utilizing the three target gatekeeper skills: Question the person’s intent, Persuade them to seek and accept help, and Refer them to appropriate services. 

Understanding De-escalation - 2-hour training

Participants will learn about the basic “drivers of escalation”, the importance of relationship when de-escalating a charged situation, real-life de-escalation techniques, and six ways to pre-empt escalated situations allowing for peaceful resolution.

Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work (BPFF) - 6 courses (2 hours each)

Protective factors are the strengths and resources that families can draw on when life gets difficult. BPFF is open to child welfare affiliated participants who will learn how to strengthen their families by using the five protective factors: parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, children’s social and emotional competence, and concrete support in times of need.

Who should attend: Parents, foster care providers, kinship providers, staff, and community members.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) - 7 courses (2 hours each)

WRAP is a personalized wellness and recovery system open to child welfare affiliated participants. Participants learn key recovery concepts that will guide them through the WRAP planning process: development of a wellness toolbox, a daily maintenance plan, and an action plan to help participants manage difficult situations. Having this plan can help participants decrease distress, increase their sense of empowerment, and improve their quality of life and ability to reach their goals.

Who should attend: Parents, foster care providers, kinship providers, staff, and community members.

  

Denver Strong's Consultation 

Works in partnership with community organizations to apply and integrate concepts learned in our behavioral health-related training. 

  • The process starts with an organizational assessment designed to get a snapshot of the organization’s current state.  This helps to determine where change will have the most positive impact.
  • The DenverStrong Consultant then facilitates an ongoing workgroup within the agency to implement these changes.

Denver Strong's Community Collaboration

Works in partnership with community organizations to:

  • Increase wellness and resilience in Denver neighborhoods by identifying current behavioral health stressors and then creating systems designed to coordinate access to appropriate and effective interventions and support.