CBHC is excited to announce our 2024 pre-conferences. Both will offer a full day of interactive learning on Wednesday, September 25th. Please note that our pre-conferences are a separate cost from the regular conference. Need more information? Contact Natalie Strom at nstrom@cbhc.org.

Pre-Conference #1

Mental Health First Aid of the Rockies Summit

Location: Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge, CO
Date: September 25, 2024
Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Cost: $60 per person


8:00am - 8:45am Breakfast & Networking 
10:45am - 11:00am Coffee Break 
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch 
2:30pm - 2:45pm Coffee Break 
2:45pm - 4:00pm End 

Presented by Mental Health First Aid Colorado

Mental Health First Aid Colorado invites you to join the regional MHFA movement, celebrate our collective impact, and rekindle your passion for saving lives. Connect with the MHFA community, learn from leading experts, and network with your peers. The Summit is designed to inspire, challenge, and recognize the dedicated instructors, coordinators, and agencies that support this vital movement. We welcome MHFA community members from Colorado, the Rocky Mountain region, and beyond! 

This year's lineup brings a number of speakers from The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, experts from NAMI, a NARCAN training, and many presentations from community mental health centers that have successfully navigated best practices for ensuring successful and productive MHFA trainings.

View the full schedule HERE.

Pre-Conference #2:

Skills Training | Enhancing De-Escalation and Risk Management Skills in a Clinical Setting: Keeping the Peace

Location: Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge, CO
Date: September 25, 2024
Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Cost: $165 per person


8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast & Networking
10:30am - 10:45am Coffee Break
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
3:00pm - 3:15pm Coffee Break
3:15pm - 4:30pm End

*Post Assessment Follow up included: 1-hour Zoom application session with Q&A 2-4 weeks post training

Presented by Pollack Peacebuilding Systems

For front-line staff and clinicians, this interactive workshop provides comprehensive skills training, practice, and a toolkit for effective de-escalation in behavioral healthcare settings. From recognizing escalation cues to employing reflective listening techniques, attendees will come away with a framework and effective new tools for minimizing escalation and mitigating risks, empowering staff to navigate tense encounters with confidence and skill. Participants will explore strategies for establishing rapport and trust, essential elements in diffusing volatile situations and promoting positive outcomes. 

Facilitated by lead trainers from Pollack Peacebuilding Systems, a conflict management consulting firm, led by Dr. Jeremy Pollack, a social-organizational psychologist and industry leader in workplace conflict resolution in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Key components of the workshop include:

  • De-Escalation Skills Training Certificate of Completion and Post Assessment follow up with Q&A.
  • Understanding the root causes of escalation to addressing underlying needs.
  • Techniques for emotional self-management to remain calm and focused.
  • Recognizing escalation and implementing strategies to de-escalate situations.
  • Practicing reflective listening to acknowledge needs, interests, and emotions.
  • Offering reassurance effectively during escalated situations.
  • Using policy or rules explanation to manage behavior constructively.
  • Promoting autonomy and choice to empower individuals in de-escalation.
  • Maximizing safety while building relationships and accountability.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to incorporate and practice de-escalation techniques, ensuring they are equipped to handle challenging situations effectively in their roles.