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Wellness Tip of the Week

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Did you know the ideal temperature for quality sleep is typically 60 to 66°F? Consider adjusting accordingly if you’re having trouble sleeping.

Wellness News

May 12, 2017

The National Council Seeks Applicants for 2017 Cancer Control Communities of Practice

The 2017 Cancer Control Community of Practice for Community Behavioral Health Organizations (Cancer Control CoP) is a six-month initiative for up to 10 community mental health centers and addictions treatment providers who are interested in developing and/or enhancing their skills and knowledge in cancer control and prevention practices. Participating organizations will gain access to organizational change experts and informational resources to help them develop and implement evidence-based cancer control and prevention practices for individuals with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Consultation with national experts will be provided through an all expenses paid in-person meeting, webinars and coaching calls.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity – Apply TODAY!

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January 25, 2017

Peer Navigator Project Launches at Denver Public Library

BHWP is partnering with the Colorado Mental Wellness Network in an innovative project that places “peer navigators” at the Denver Public Library. These peer navigators will work with patrons, particularly Denver’s homeless population, to help them find housing resources, mental health services, get an I.D., find substance abuse services and more.

BHWP will be providing evaluation support for this project. For more check out the media coverage here.

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A Study in Wellness

Implicit Bias

MARY MANCUSO, M.A., Clinical Associate

You are outside watering your trees on a hot day when a young man walks by with his Labrador Retriever. Sweat is dripping from his forehead, and his dog is panting. You immediately offer him and his dog a drink of water. Your subconscious mind has likely registered the man as active, fun, and caring rather than dangerous. You’ve encountered many engaging dog owners on your hikes in the mountains or visits to the river and know his “type.” You could even see yourself being friends with him.

It is likely that implicit bias has affected your willingness to help this man and his dog and thoughts about possible friendship. Implicit bias is defined as the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. Implicit bias does not, necessarily, have a negative connotation as illustrated in the example above. However, we often see the negative effects of implicit bias playing out in society in healthcare, education, housing, and legal settings as race, ethnicity, sex, age, or sexual orientation factor into being offered or denied various opportunities.

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Registration Open for Motivational Interviewing – Level I Training

Our July 24-25 DIMENSIONS: Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change – Level I training is open for registration! The training will be held at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO.

In this two-day intensive training, participants will learn the fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing (MI), a collaborative conversational style that strengthens a person’s own motivation and commitment to change. Participants will be guided through a sequence of learning activities to support the development of proficiency in the application of MI. Through activities designed to facilitate a deep understanding of the core MI concepts, participants will have an opportunity to practice and implement basic MI skills and strategies to reinforce their learning.

Register for the July 24-25, 2017 training

More information on the DIMENSIONS: Motivational Interviewing trainings

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