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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) and Spanish (PDF). 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

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.

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.

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. Training can be adapted to different audience groups (e.g., Spanish, adult, youth, rural, higher education, veterans etc.).

These courses will be offered as a hybrid version. Closer to the date of your class, you will receive a link via email to complete part 1 of the course- a 2-hour self-paced module. You will then be eligible to attend part 2; the 5.5 hour instructor-led Zoom class (video and audio capabilities are required to particpate) for the date and time below.

Upcoming Sessions

Friday, September 25, 2020
12:30pm — 5:30pm
Interested individuals can register here.

 

Friday, October 9, 2020 (Youth Version)
Adults Assisting Youth Ages 12-18
10:00am — 4:00pm
Interested individuals can register here.

 

Friday, October 30, 2020
10:00am — 4:00pm
Interested individuals can register here.

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.

Upcoming Sessions

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
2:00pm — 3:00pm
Interested individuals can register here.

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.

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

Upcoming Series

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
10:00am — 12:00pm
Introduction to the Protective Factors 

Thursday, November 12, 2020 (held on Thursday due to Veterans Day Holiday)
10:00am — 12:00pm
Parental Resilience

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
10:00am — 12:00pm
Social Connections

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
10:00am — 12:00pm
Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
10:00am — 12:00pm
Children’s Social and Emotional Competence

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
10:00am — 2:00pm      
Concrete Support in Times of Need and Wrap Up

Participants will receive a certificate of completion for each 2-hour training. 

Interested participants please email leann.fickes@denvergov.org to register. 

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

Upcoming Series

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
10:00am — 12:00pm
Session 1

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
10:00am — 12:00pm
Session 2

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
10:00am — 12:00pm
Session 3

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
10:00am — 12:00pm
Session 4

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
10:00am — 12:00pm
Session 5

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
10:00am — 12:00pm
Session 6

A Certificate of Completion will be provided at the end of the course. Participants must attend the entire series in full to receive a certificate.

Interested participants please email leann.fickes@denvergov.org to register. 

Peer mentoring sessions are open to child welfare affiliated participants. Through peer-to-peer support, participating families receive encouragement, navigation assistance, and referrals to services and resources. Parent partners play a positive role in helping families successfully move through the child welfare process and create safe, stable, and nurturing homes for their children.

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.
 
Contact the Denver Strong Program

Nalleli Ramirez-Salinas, Program Coordinator
nalleli.ramirez-salinas@denvergov.org
Office: 720-865-884
Mobile: 720-208-8135

Our Partners

Denver Public Health & Environment partners with Denver Public Health to provide services related to birth and death certificates, clinical care, and educatinal opportunities, among others. 

Denver Public Health & Environment is a member of the Metro Denver Partnership for Health, a collaboration among the public health agencies serving the seven-county Denver metropolitan region made up of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties. Nearly 3 million Coloradans, 60 percent of the state’s population, live in the Metro region. The Partnership collaborates with regional leaders in health care, human services, behavioral health, environment, philanthropy, education, business, local government and others to achieve its goals of advancing health equity across the region. In 2016, the Partnership identified four priority areas of focus including data sharing, healthy eating and active living, behavioral health, and partner alignment and formalized its approach to collaboration in the Metro Denver Partnership for Health Roadmap.

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