Previous Programs


Ft. Lyon Supportive Residential Community

Presented by Lynn Rider, MA, LPC

Lynn Rider, MA, LPC is the Director of Supportive Services at the Ft Lyon Supportive Residential Community located in Las Animas, CO. Ft Lyon opened on September 3, 2013 with 13 residents and has grown to over 200 male and female residents since that time. The Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community provides recovery oriented transitional housing to homeless individuals. The program combines housing with peer support, educational, vocational and employment services for up to 300 homeless and formerly homeless persons from across the state of Colorado, with an emphasis on serving homeless veterans. The Program is located at the former Fort Lyon VA Hospital in Bent County, Colorado and is part of state and community efforts to re-purpose the facility to meet the needs of homeless individuals across the state and to catalyze the re-use of the facility to meet a variety of community needs. Lynn will talk about the program itself, how to make a referral to the program, and answer any questions about Fort Lyon.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care

Presented by Jason Chippeaux, MSW, LCSW

Deputy Chief Clinical Officer, Health Solutions


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hardknox: Gang Prevention and Intervention

Presented by Mark Salazar, AA, CAC II

CEO and Founder, Mark Salazar presents information regarding gang prevention and intervention. Mission Statement:  “We seek to help today’s youth take small steps in big ways that lead to big changes within their lives.”

Vision Statement:  “Understand our youth and their perception of the world that surrounds them.  Help our youth create new vision and new goals that challenge them beyond what they believed possible through a process of determination, focus, and perseverance.”


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Responding Skillfully to Stress, Illness and Life Challenges through Mindfulness

Presented by:  Reverend Jude LaFollette


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Leadership Skills of Santa Claus

Presented by:  Annette Long, Ph.D.

Dr. Annette Long is a Licensed Psychologist and therapist and has been working at Associates for Psychotherapy in Pueblo since 1980.  She provides individual, couples, family and group therapy, working with teenagers and adults who have problems with relationships, health, parenting, stress and most psychological problems, with a special interest in women’s issues.  In the past year, Dr. Long has been certified in “Laughter Yoga”, which she presents on a regular basis and which is free to the public. Dr. Long obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Colorado, her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Adams State College and her Ph.D. in Counseling/Clinical Psychology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Autism Epidemic: What's New for the Diagnosis

Presented by Karen W. Colvin, MS, MD

This presentation reviewed the new DSM 5 diagnostic criteria for autism- what has been taken out and added to the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Dr. Colvin will also review the latest statistics on the Autism epidemic and the advancement in treatment.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Access Point Pueblo: A Harm Reduction Strategy for Substance Use Disorders

Presented by Mike Nerenberg, M.D. 

This presentation will provide a brief overview of needle exchanges and other harm reduction strategies in substance use disorders.  These strategies are utilized to reduce disease transmission, to reduce bacterial infections and abscesses, and to provide outreach to clients with these conditions.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

High Fidelity Wrap Around Services

Presented by  Jennifer Tibbs, MSW, LCSW  

Wraparound is a strengths-based approach that is rapidly becoming a part of mainstream human services.  This presentation will provide an introduction to the Wraparound Process, including a brief history, and an overview of the principals, phases, and activities based on the standards of the National Wraparound Initiative.  The overall goal of the process is to help families with multi-system involvement and complex needs across multiple “life domains” to build self-efficacy and move towards their identified goals with their entire team on the same page.  Sound impossible?  It isn’t.  Come and learn just enough about this process to be able to speak the same language as others using the process in Pueblo’s System of Care, and to be able to be an informed member of a team, or to entice you to consider how the process can benefit your current practice, or what the steps are to become a facilitator within your professional area of practice.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Brain Synchronization Therapy

Presented by Dr. Libby Stuyt, Circle Program, Colorado State Mental Health Institute Pueblo

Dr. Stuyt will provide an overview of BST (Brain Synchronization Therapy) training.  BST training was started by John Hertung, PsyD, in Colorado Springs.  He is also an EMDR trainer.  He believes BST is actually better because it is “slower, softer, and gentler” than EMDR and just as, if not more, effective.  BST pulls from many different evidence-based approaches that are well researched.  It has many similarities to EMDR, but is much less expensive to be trained in and can be done by both professionals and paraprofessionals.  BST is structured to avoid abreactions and the approach is to first teach numerous meridian and energy based therapies that are used to ground the patients, stabilize affect, and avoid dissociation before, during and after the bilateral treatments are utilized.  This discussion covers the neurobiology of trauma and the theory of how bilateral movements aid in memory consolidation and digestion.  This discussion also covers what BST trainees experience while learning to treat PTSD and other disorders with these techniques.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NAMI- In Our Own Voice

Presented by Dominique Mundt & Tamera Briar, NAMI Southeast Colorado

Dominique and Tamera will provide a brief overview of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and its services, including what you need to know about mental health, the warning sings, and recovery.  They will discuss NAMI In Our Own Voice which adds a critical perspective to the popular understanding of what people with mental illness are like.  They will provide a first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness.  Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it is possible- and common-to live well with mental illness.  They will provide a chance to ask the them questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.  They will also provide information on the understanding that every person with a mental illness can hope for a bright future.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The State of Mental Wellness in Colorado

Presented by Andrew Romanoff, CEO of Mental Health America of Colorado

Andrew Romanoff, the new President & CEO of Mental Health America of Colorado, will discuss how he will lead efforts to end the stigma of mental illness and to make Colorado a national leader in addressing mental health and substance use disorders.  He will also discuss the organization’s programs, including pro bono counseling and referrals, youth education, Mental Health First Aid, and public policy advocacy.  


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

ACOVA Program: Community Victims’ Rights services

Presented by  Jan Martin, ACOVA Assistant Coordinator

Jan will provide an overview of Victims’ Rights and the services the ACOVA Program provides to those in need in our community.Jan Martin has been with the ACOVA program since 1994.  She began as a volunteer, and became the Assistant Coordinator after 2 years.   She works directly with victims of crime or circumstance, by providing them wither resources and immediate crisis intervention.  She also conducts “follow up” with any victims that may have fallen through the cracks, ensuring that they receive the information they deserve to help them with their situation(s). 


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT)

Presented by Sgt. Steve Etienne, Pueblo Police Department and 

Sgt. Brian Smith, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office

The CIT model was developed in 1988 in Memphis, Tennessee, as a partnership between the police department, advocacy groups for people with mental illness, mental health treatment providers, local universities, and other community stakeholders.  The goals of CIT were to train law enforcement officers in the recognition of mental illness, to enhance their verbal crisis de-escalation skills, and to provide more streamlined access to community-based mental health services.  The Memphis community soon realized the benefits of this advanced course of training through dramatic declines in injury rates among both citizens and the police officers, decreased utilization of the SWAT team to resolve crisis situations and –when safe and appropriate-the diversion of people with mental illness from incarceration to community-based mental health services.  The same benefits were realized in other large urban areas across the US.  In 2002, the Colorado Regional Community Policing Institute (CRCPI), a branch of the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, launched the state’s first CIT trainings in Jefferson County and Denver.  Since then, CITAC has partnered with CRCPI to assume the statewide coordination and standardization role.  During the first 10 years of CIT training in Colorado, over 7000 CO peace officers (half of the certified peace officers statewide) completed CIT training. By engaging mental health consumers with appropriate community supports, the well-being of the individual and the safety of the community can both be enhanced.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Horticultural Therapy and The Learning Center

Presented by Jonathan Irish, MA, LPC, Horticulture Educator and Therapist

 Jonathan will provide an overview of Horticultural Education and Therapy.  Registered Horticulture Therapist (HTR) is a nationally recognized registration which comprises a diverse and ever-growing field of practice.  Horticultural therapists work in the mental health field, the medical field, with Veterans, the elderly, and the developmentally delayed, among others.  Jonathan will be working as a horticultural therapist at The Learning Center beginning later this spring.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Why Doesn’t She Just Leave

Presented by Patty Kester, YWCA of Pueblo

Patty will address the common misconceptions about violent relationships as well as the cycles of abuse.  She will also provide information about the services and shelter options available at the YWCA of Pueblo.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Co-occurring Disorders Treatment:  Which Came First, The Chicken or the Egg?

Presented by Beth Andrews, L.C.S.W., M.A.C., L. A. C.

Traditionally, substance abuse, medical problems, and mental illness were treated separately and one at a time.  For most clients, this didn’t work.  Ms. Andrews will talk about the history of treatment, where we are now, and nationally recognized principles of treatment/best practices for treating co-occurring disorders.  Included is a discussion of which drugs/drug withdrawal can mimic or cause mental health problems and vice versa.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Understanding EMDR

Presented by Michelle Morrissey, LMFT

Michelle will provide a brief overview of the basic understanding of EMDR, the neurobiology of trauma/EMDR, applications of EMDR, diagnoses/symptoms that EMDR can treat, recent research and case studies describing applicability of EMDR.


Wednesday, November 12,2014

Conscious Dying and the Mental Health Care Provider

Presented by Marcia Beachy, MS, LPC, CCHT

This presentation will provide an overview of the conscious dying movement, fueled by increased near-death-experience reports, and the role of the mental health care provider as a powerful support person for conscious living and dying at various points along the human development spectrum.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

LGBTQ:  A powerful Panel Discussion

Presented by John Tenorio, Daneya Esgar, Josette Jaramillo, and Deric Stowell

This will be a powerful panel discussion with four panelists, honoring October as LGBTQ History Month, and discussing the background and significance of Coming Out Day for the LGBTQ Community, and how providers can strengthen their practices with this vital information.


Wednseday, September 10, 2014

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI):  Reality Shifted, Hope Restored

Presented by Vicki Linden, MA, LPC, CPS

Vicki will provide an overview of the journey of people who have suffered Traumatic Brain Injury, experiencing shifted reality and restored hope.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

PAIN- The 5th Vital Sign: A History of Legal Addiction

Presented by Durelle Jones, RN, BSN, OCN

This presentation will provide a history of pain management treatment, how pain is assessed, and how pain management treatment is regulated.  It will provide an overview of pain management assessment, education and documentation.  It will also review how addiction becomes a result of pain management, and an overview of where the future is heading in this field.Wednesday, July 9, 2014“Trauma Informed Care”Presented by Dr. Peggy Hicks and Regan Young, LCSW, CAC IIIDr. Hicks and Regan Young will provide a brief overview of the symptom clusters and impact of trauma, an overview of what trauma informed care entails, and will provide a description of the phases of trauma therapy.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cognitive Restructuring for Depression and Other Emotional Disorders

Presented by Charlie Vial, Psy.D.

The presentation will provide an overview of the effectiveness of cognitive restructuring in the treatment of depression and other emotional disorders.


Wednesday, May 14. 2014

The New Jim Crow

Presented by Don Pfost, B.S. Education, Ph.D., Sociology

The presentation will summarize Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  Alexander’s central argument is that the discriminatory impact of the “War on Drugs”, which involves the mass incarceration of racial and ethnic minorities, creates an undercaste, whose members are legally denied the right to vote, denied employment and educational opportunities, denied food stamps and other public benefits, and excluded from jury service.  These effects parallel the Jim Crow system created after Reconstruction.  Implications of the book for the mental health profession will be explored with the audience.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

CMHIP Through the Ages, including an update of the current reorganization

Presented by Dr. Julie Meeker, MD and Michele Manchester, MADr.

Julie Meeker is the Chief Psychiatrist at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, best known as “The State Hospital”.  She earned her MD from Northwestern University in 1981 and completed her Psychiatry Residency Training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center from 1981-1985.  She is Board Certified in Psychiatry.  She provides psychiatric care for mentally ill offenders at the San Carlos Correctional Facility one morning a week.Michel Manchester, MA is the Director of Clinical Departments at CMHIP.  She began her career in 1975 working in the field of Mental Health and Substance Abuse after graduating with her Master’s degree from Adams State College.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Addiction, Recovery, Prevention, Intervention, Treatment

Presented by Dianne Hayhurst-Vigil, BS, CAC III, CPS II

Overview of the addiction process, recovery strategies, and how prevention, intervention, and treatment compliment one another.

Dianne holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Denver.  She earned her Certified Addiction Counselor III in 1997 and her Certified Prevention Specialist II in 2013.  She has worked for Crossroads’ Turning Points, Inc. since 1993, where she has held positions as a Counselor, Team Leader, Coordinator, Supervisor, and currently as a Director.  


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Play Therapy: More Than Just Child's Play

Presented by Kate Booth, MA

Brief overview of the nature and needs of children; the brain and nervous system; language of play; dysregulation of child and caregiver; tools for the therapist.  Kate is a Colorado State registered psychotherapist with DORA.  She holds a Master of Arts in Special Education from Adams State University & a Master of Arts in transpersonal counseling psychology from Naropa University.  She is an avid outdoors person.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Healthcare is Local

Presented by Donna Mills, BS

People can have many diverse needs when it comes to meeting their health care goals. As health care and community resource programs have become more and more complex, it is understandable how someone might “give up” on locating timely, appropriate care.  Integrated Community Health Partners (ICHP) had a vision to create a comprehensive care coordination system that simplified communication between physical health, behavioral health, specialty and community providers.  Donna Mills is the Chief Executive Officer for Integrated Community Health Partners (ICHP), one of the first Regional Care Collaborative Organizations (RCCOs) in Colorado. Under Donna’s leadership, ICHP has helped the state meet its goals for the RCCO.  ICHP has consistently led the State in two out of three of the State’s Key Performance Indicators during the last fiscal year.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Who Doesn't Enjoy a Good Laugh?

Presented by Annette Long, PhD

Laughter makes us feel good, but has also been shown to have some amazing physical and psychological benefits. In today’s presentation, Dr. Long will discuss how laughter can be beneficial to individuals as well as professionals, providing us with a good work-out while reducing stress. She will also share a few brief exercises that will help put a little laughter back in our lives during the holidays (or any time), which for some, can be a difficult time.  Dr. Long is a Licensed Psychologist and therapist and has been working at Associates for Psychotherapy in Pueblo since 1980.  She provides individual, couples, family and group therapy, working with teenagers and adults who have problems with relationships, health, parenting, stress and most psychological problems, with a special interest in women’s issues.  In the past year, Dr. Long has been certified in “Laughter Yoga”, which she presents on a regular basis and which is free to the public.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Management of Alzheimers Disease for our Loved Ones

Presented by Jackie Green, MA, LPC, LAC

Alzheimer's Disease is a very progressive disease which bewilders not only the person dealing with their illness, but also the loved ones that are caring for them.  This workshop will focus on tools and information for all the loved ones and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s.


 Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Updated Colorado Mental Health Bills 

Presented by Donald J. Mares

Donald J. Mares is the President and C.E.O. of Mental Health America of Colorado (MHAC). Mr. Mares served seven years in the Colorado Legislature and previously served in Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.’s Cabinet as head of the Department of Labor and Employment. In addition to serving in the state House and Senate, Don, a Colorado native, was twice elected Auditor of the City and County of Denver, the city’s second highest elected position.  He holds a BA in Psychology, with Honors, from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Today, Mr. Mares will speak about the last session of the Colorado legislature and the bills that were passed in regards to mental health.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Pueblo Rape Crisis Services

Presented by Dena Rodriguez, BSW    

Pueblo Rape Crisis Services (PRCS) is a 501© 3 nonprofit organization which has been helping survivors of sexual assault since 1992.  Each year PRCS serves over 500 clients, providing a free confidential crisis hotline, hospital accompaniment, longer term case management, court accompaniment and confidential advocacy.  Pueblo Rape Crisis Services’ mission is to empower sexual assault survivors by providing emotional support, victim advocacy, crisis intervention and education in order to facilitate and nurture the healing process.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Addict 2 Athlete

Presented by Rob Archuleta, BS, CACIII,Certified Personal Trainer

Rob Archuleta is the founder and CEO of the 501C3 Non Profit Organization Addict2Athlete (  Rob is a survivor of sex abuse and a recovering methamphetamine addict, he is also a 2X Ironman Triathlete. Throughout his recovery, he discovered that getting sober was hard, but not impossible.  Like many recovering addicts, Rob strived to hit what he thought was a "social norm".  He went to CSU-Pueblo earning a BS in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology, followed the 12 Steps, went to church and worked to receive his Certified Addiction Counseling III credential.  After all of that, Rob still felt the dreaded "Now what?"  that most recovering addicts seem to feel after achieving goals.   Once Rob started to incorporate exercise into his support groups, he realized that a holistic approach to recovery was the answer to his dilemma.  Rob founded the Addict2Athlete program so that people could attend a support group and get exercise at the same time.  Many times people leave support groups triggered; Addict2Athlete has adopted the slogans, "Leave Tired Not Triggered" and "Erase and Replace"—erase the bad things in your life and replace them with good things, and that is exactly what Rob has done.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Using Acudetox in Treatment and Certification Options

Presented by Elizabeth “Libby” Stuyt, M.D.

       Dr. Stuyt is the Medical Director for the Circle Program at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP). The Circle Program is a 90-day inpatient treatment program, funded by the state of Colorado for persons with severe co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse who have failed all other levels of treatment. Dr. Stuyt will discuss recent legislation that allows certain practitioners (licensed mental health professionals and certified addiction counselors) to incorporate the use of acudetox in their practice once certified to do so.  Dr. Stuyt will also talk about her efforts to train professionals in the use of acudetox and the other necessary requirements.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Guided Imagery for Sexual Abuse
Presented by Laura Monroe, LCSW

Laura Monroe, LCSW, will be speaking on Guided Imagery for Sexual Abuse. Guided imagery is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy which utilizes relaxation and imagination to process trauma and restructure cognition for healing and growth for a variety of mental health concerns. Guided imagery allows for a gentle and creative approach to healing which tends to bypass many typical defense mechanisms. 


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Mind/Gut Connection

Presented by Michael Jacobs, ND

“The Mind/Gut Connection”, focusing on nutritional medicine and mental health including anxiety and depression.  Scientific research and clinical experience have shown that dietary modifications and administration of nutrients and other natural substances are frequently effective for preventing and treating a wide range of symptoms and illnesses including psychiatric and mental disorders.  Moreover, when properly administered, nutritional therapy has an excellent safety profile and almost never causes the serious side effects of conventional psychiatric medications.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

ECT, An Effective Treatment Option

Presented by Tammy Cobb, RN

Tammy Cobb, RN, is the Director of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Services at Peak View Behavioral Health in Colorado Springs. She has worked in the medical field for 20 years in the southeast and Front Range areas of Colorado. She has worked as a nurse in the areas of corrections, mental health, academic settings, long-term care and peri-operative services. Most recently, she traveled to Duke University for an intensive electroconvulsive therapy course. She and her family live in Colorado Springs.  


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Borderline Personality Disorder

Presented by Dr. Matthew Mejia, PsyD, LPC, NCC  

Dr. Matthew Mejia is the Clinical Director for Steel City Consultants, which offers Forensic Psychology and Behavioral Health Services.  He is an approved Clinical Supervisor, is on the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board and is an approved treatment provider and evaluator for adults and juveniles.  Dr. Mejia works extensively with the male population.  He works with general life problems as well as mental health difficulties and has worked with offenders and victims of abuse.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Child and Family Evaluations in a Tight Economy

Presented by Emmett F. Bellville III, LPC, NCC

Emmet F. Bellville III, LPC, NCC is a graduate of The Colorado College, Teachers College-Columbia University, and The University of Chicago. Mr. Bellville owns and provides services through his company Southern Colorado Family Evaluators, LLC and Southern Colorado Developmental Treatment Services. He conducts Parental Responsibilities Evaluations (PRE), Parental Capacity Evaluations (PCE), Child and Family Investigations (CFI), and other forensic, developmental, and mental health assessments for children and families as requested. Mr. Bellville was mentored and supervised by Dr. Gregory Trautt, a forensic clinical psychologist with 25 years’ experience in Family Law Services in Southern Colorado.  Mr. Bellville conducts reintegration therapy (e.g., reintegrating alienated children with the alienated parent) and is also trained as parenting coordinator, decision-maker, and family and divorce mediator.  


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Self Care for the Care Giver: Tools for Surving

Presented by Dr. Annette Long

Dr. Annette Long uses the tools she teaches in therapy to help individuals get better at Self Care. This is even more important when we are providing care to others. This program is appropriate for adults who care for their own parents and family members, and for therapists who while in the profession of caring for others find themselves burned out and overwhelmed. There are some things you can do to reduce stress, improve self esteem, and communication and other vital skills for Self Care while we care for others.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Power of Positive Thinking
Presented by Dr. Charlie Vial, PsyD

Dr. Charlie Vial, Psy.D, has 35 years of experience working in inpatient, outpatient and day treatment programs.  He has been at Parkview Medical Center for the past 16 years working on the inpatient physical rehab unit, the outpatient day rehab unit and the chemical dependency unit, working with individuals who have had either serious physical injury or who are struggling with substance abuse and other problems such as PTSD.  He specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, pain management and rehabilitation.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Domestic Violence

Presented by The Honorable Judge Victor Reyes

Judge Victor Reyes is currently involved with the Colorado Statewide Task force on Domestic Violence and in presenting at State and National Judicial Conferences in the area of Domestic Violence Judicial Training in Domestic Violence matters. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

If Not Now, Then When? 

Presented by Barbara Hadley, LPC and  Fred Stultz, PhD

Living with inner joy and meaningful relationships is possible with the right approach.  If Not Joy Now, then When? written by Barbara Hadley and Fred Stultz, challenges people to find the courage to take steps to create a new life that will be more fulfilling—taking charge of their own happiness to gain satisfying relationships, new spiritual meaning and excitement and vitality in work and life experiences.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Disaster Response

Presented by Jill Case

Jill Case is from the Pikes Peak American Red Cross Grief and trauma Team and will be sharing information about the trauma team’s response to disasters.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Promoting Self Awareness

Presented by Deborah Spiegel, MT-BC, CCHTD

Deborah Spiegel MT-BC, CCH worked at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo with adolescents, adults and geriatrics for 11 years. As a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group Leader as well as a Board Certified Music Therapist she has developed ways to use music to teach, reinforce, and practice mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. 


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Pueblo County

Presented by Melanie Bravo, President/CEO

 The Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Our highest vision is to provide a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Eating Disorders
Presented by Christina Bokenkamp, LPC
In the U.S. as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia, or bulimia.  Millions more are struggling with binge eating disorders (Crowther et. Al., 1992;  Fairburn et al., 1993; Gordon, 1990; Hoek, 1995; Shisslak et al., 1995) This lecture will help you to better understand this complex and often challenging population, identify tools to address and effectively treat this illness and provide you with resource information in the community.

Wednesday May 9, 2012
Parenting: The New Mental Health
Presented by Lynne Lucier
Lynne Lucier is the Nurturing Parenting Program Trainer/Consultant, Early Childhood Specialist and Program Coordinator for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pueblo, Inc.  Lynn will speaking about “Parenting: The New Mental Health.” Dr. Stephen Bavolek, the author of the Nurturing Parenting Program, has proclaimed this quote across the county. Parenting skills, or the lack of, shape a child’s brain thus their behavior for the rest of their lives.  

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Overview of the Circle Program and the Use of Acudetox in Treatment
Presented by Elizabeth "Libby" Stuyt, M.D.
Dr. Stuyt is the Medical Director for the Circle Program at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP). The Circle Program is a 90-day inpatient treatment program, funded by the state of Colorado for persons with severe co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse who have failed all other levels of treatment. Dr. Stuyt states that her presentation will include "an overview of the Circle Program and all the different components that make it successful and different from most other treatment programs. It will include the benefits of using acudetox or the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) 5-point ear acupuncture protocol in substance abuse and mental health treatment." 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Sensitive Family Decision Making and Communication

Presented by Lois Illick
Lois Illick is a Family and Consumer Agent with the CSU Cooperative Extension Office.  She will be offering an interactive presentation on "Who gets' Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?"  Learn about options for passing on personal possessions and tips for family communication about these sensitive decisions.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Mental Illness in the Prison System
Presented by Maryann Keller

Maryann "Moe" Keller, Mental Health America of Colorado.  In 2010 the legislature appropriated monies for the first time ever to establish a mental health unit in Canon City, CSP 1.  Moe will speak about a recent study on people in solitary confinement with mental illness.  Additionally she will speak about a current lawsuit filed against the state for the delay in competency evaluations which may impact CMHIP.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Child Abuse and Mandatory Reporting Laws
Presented by Zane Grant, LCSW,

Zane Grant is the Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Pueblo.  Zane will present local statistics about child abuse and neglect in our community and will share important information for professionals who are deemed by the Colorado Children's Code as Mandatory Reporters.  This discussion will include identifying warning signs of child abuse and neglect and the steps that Mandatory Reporters must follow to properly report suspected abuse/neglect.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The Core Components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Presented by Martha Ceja, RN
Martha Ceja has been in the nursing field since 1975.  She is currently the lead nurse of the Locked Adolescent Unit at CMHIP.  She has worked with children and adolescents for approx. 20 years and has been employed at CMHIP for 21 years.  She is a certified Verbal Judo instructor as well.  Martha has worked at Parkview Medical Center for 4 1/2 years on an as needed basis in their Behavioral Health Division and providing instruction in Verbal Judo.  She enjoys golfing in her spare time and spending time with her family.  

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
From Brainless to Mindliess: History of Psychiatry
Presented by Dr. Kenneth Locke
Ken Locke grew up in Gary, Indiana in the 50's and received his medical degree from Western Reserve University in the 60's.  He did his psychiatric residency at Colombian-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, and practiced mostly in Baltimore, Maryland, until 20 years ago when he and his wife moved to Pueblo.  He was the Medical Director at Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center for almost 10 yrs and has worked for the Forensics Institute of CMHIP for the past 10 years. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Pornography: Harmless Pastime or Serious Problem

Presented by Carole Ludwig, LMFT
Carole received her MA at UC-Pueblo, and completed two years of post-Masters work in family systems therapy, at the Colorado Institute for Marriage and the Family, in Boulder. Prior to her work at Associates for Psychotherapy & Education, Carole was in private practice for fifteen years.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Verbal Judo: Who, What, Where, When and How

Presented by Tony Pinelle, Retired Police Chief
Colorado Mental Health Institute of Pueblo

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Wild and Wooly Journey From Elected Office to Mental Health America of Colorado

Presented by Don Mares, President and CEO of MHAC
Donald J. Mares is the new President and C.E.O. of Mental Health America of Colorado.  Don served seven years in the Colorado Legislature and most recently served in Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.’s Cabinet as head of the Department of Labor and Employment.   Don’s vision for MHAC and, in particular, how he hopes to broaden MHAC’s impact statewide to raise awareness of mental health issues, reduce stigma, and increase mental health advocacy.  In addition to serving in the state House and Senate, Don, a Colorado native, was twice elected Auditor of the City and County of Denver, the city’s second highest elected position.  He holds a BA in Psychology, with Honors, from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Alcohol Use, Abuse and Dependence
Presented by Jody Wilkins, M.S.
Jody currently serves as an Addiction Recovery Associate with Alkermes, Inc.  He has a master of Science in Clinical Psychology and has served for over 10 years as a Mental Health and Addiction Medicine Clinical Sales Specialist with Johnson & Johnson and Alkermes, Inc.  He was a presenter at the 2011 Addictive Disorders, Behavioral Health and Mental Health Winter Symposium.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Treating Troubled Teens

Presented by Emmet Bellville, MA, LPC, NCC

This program described the need for the inclusion of victim empathy and remorse treatment as well as anger management for teens facing substance abuse and legal issues.  This traditional and experiential treatment program is designed for teens from 14 to 18 and is provided at Associates for Psychotherapy where he currently is a private practitioner.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Domestic Violence Treatment

Presented by Dan Lundy, LPC

Dan currently works as a private practitioner for Parkview Family Counseling as well as Confidential Health Consultants (CHC) in Colorado Springs.  Dan received his Master’s of Scien ce in Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado.  He has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1996 and a state approved Domestic Violence Counselor since 1993.  He is also a Nationally Certified Counselor with 18 years of experience in the mental health field.  He has been certified as an expert witness by Colorado Courts in the area of Domestic Violence and has extensive training/experience in the stress management and anger management areas.  In addition, Dan has extensive experience as a family therapist working with children and adolescents. 



Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Youth Struggling with Mental Illness

 Presented by Chief District Court Judge, Dennis MaesJudge

Dennis Maes presented about information regarding youth and the struggle with mental illness.  This informative discussion included his observations from the bench and what steps he is taking (as well as what he is urging from our community) as it relates to Pueblo's youth and struggles relating to living with a mental illness.  Judge Maes is the 2010 recipient of the Robert Hawkins Tribute Award, presented by MHA-P to Judge Maes last May.