Track / Certificate / Program Information Sessions 2011 part 1 (VIDEO)

The following track / certificate / program information sessions are intended for students as they plan their concentration for the academic year 2011-2012.  Requirements and specific offerings change from year to year, so always check your student handbook for accurate information. Look for sessions on High-Risk Youth Track, Denver Family Institute cooperative program, Social Work with Latinos/as Certificate, Animal Assisted Social Work Certificate, and Interpersonal Trauma Studies Certificate to be recorded and posted over the next two weeks.
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Powder!!

Thus far this ski season has been amazing! It is only January and some of the major ski resorts like Copper Mountain and Breckenridge have base depths between 70 and 90 inches. Just in the last week most resorts have received 40+ inches of snow. It’s pretty amazing that some of these world-renowned ski resorts are only a short drive away from Denver. Continue reading “Powder!!”

Navigation through a Metro area

To some Denver is a busy city, to others it is only slightly larger than a town. However, it is a pretty easy to navigate and get yourself around. Being from a different part of the country I am pretty amazed at the grid system used to map out Denver and the surrounding area. The roads, for the most part, Continue reading “Navigation through a Metro area”

Sunny Weather

After moving to Colorado from Northeast Nebraska, I quickly learned that there isn’t a better place in middle America to live!  Colorado provides the best for 4 seasons–sans humidity!  Summers are mild with a few weeks of hot temperatures, followed by mild autumns with beautiful fall colors, winters with just enough snow (that melts within the week due to our SUNSHINE and mild temps) and springs with just enough rain to make everything green again!

Looking for a city/state that allows for outdoor activity every season of the year?  Make Colorado your home!

Parade of Lights

Every year, 9News sponsors the Parade of Lights in Downtown Denver and this past weekend my friends and I went to check it out.  (I think we were actually more excited than half of the children there!)  It turned out to be tons of fun–there were marching bands, Denver sports team mascots, lots of floats, giant balloons, fire dancers, and so many more cool groups! Continue reading “Parade of Lights”

Living in Denver

My wife, daughter and I moved to Denver in the beginning of September. Yes, we actually arrived a day before orientation and I think now that the first quarter is over, I’m finally having an opportunity to decompress and explore Denver and the surrounding area a bit. I love the fact that there are so many parks and trails in the city. Denver is simply gorgeous.

Driving in Denver is interesting as well. Having lived in Atlanta for too many years, I’m use to fast, aggressive drivers. Very different story here. Slow seems to be the driving mantra in Denver. So I’m  getting acclimated to this strange new world of street ettiquette!

Oh, after Thanksgiving we drove about 3 hours west to Glenwood Springs and soaked in hot springs for three days. It was pretty surreal and invigorating to be floating in a 104 degree pool with snow falling!

Winter break in the Rockies…

The great state of Colorado is not my home of origin; yet, it’ll be my home for the holidays.  I don’t have ample amount of funds to travel back home to see family and friends so I’ll be spending the holidays here in Denver, and I could not think of any better place to be.  Denver is a growing metropolis—ranked 24th in U.S. population—with a small town feel; so, there’s plenty to do with plenty of good folks.  For turkey day I was able to meet-up with about 20 other random, die-hard Saints’ fans to watch football, share stories, and, of course, chow-down on a fabulous spread of food—Saints won a close one.

The festivities don’t have to stop there.  Colorado is full of fun events, activities and adventures during the winter months.  When it comes to the great outdoors, I personally don’t ski or snowboard, however, I do enjoy snow tubing and cross-country skiing.  In a couple of weeks some friends and I will make the most of a weekend getaway in the mountains.  We’ll spend a couple of nights in a cabin then make our way up to Vail for the annual Snow Daze festival.  I’ll be back in class before too long, but spending my entire winter break in Colorado will be a time well spent with fond memories.

Peace,
Phillip

Adoption Agency

As a first year student I am in my field experience 16 hours per week.  Currently, I am working with an adoption agency providing support to parents and families that would like to adopt children.

The waiting child program works with families that are looking to adopt a child(ren) that are currently in the foster care system.  These children may still be legal risk, meaning their biological parents still have parental rights (and therefore the family must support the child being reunified with bio parents or until the parental rights have been terminated) or the children are legally free, meaning that the parental rights of their biological parents have been terminated.  I compete adoptive families home studies which allows them to be a certified foster and adoptive home, complete post placement visits (visits with the family and child(ren) after the child has come to live with the family) that last between 6-9 months depending on how quickly the adoption is finalized, and assist families in looking for children that match their desires.  Children can come from local counties, the state of CO or any where in the U.S.

This is an experience unlike anything else I have ever done in my career as a social worker.  It has already given me an opportunity to learn more about the child welfare system in the state of Colorado as well as the legal challenges of adopting children abroad.

I will remain in this placement through the academic year and will finish with families that are nearing their adoption date through the summer.

Loving Denver!

One thing I love about living in Denver is that there are a ton of great things to do here, and it gives the people you love an ever greater reason to come visit! With the number of visitors I’ve had since living in Denver I’ve gotten to do a lot of really great things. I’ve been able to engage in many different outdoorsy activities such as skiing, hiking, outside concerts at Red Rocks, Rockies & Nuggets games as well as being able to hang out downtown in the LoDo area checking out new restaurants and the nightlife Denver has to offer.

Mountain Weather

There are lots of lessons to learn about moving to the mountains – they’re lots of fun, but you have to be prepared.

Lesson number one: As a city Denver gets the second most sunshine in the states, but always, always, ALWAYS have a jacket.  I recently went up into Rocky Mountain National Park to go to “Elk Fest“, basically a small festival in Estes Park for people to drive in and see the elk, which have come down from the highlands to mate.  They were all over the town – on the golf course, the school playground, everywhere!   One thing you’ll notice is that it looks really nice and sunny, but up in the mountains weather changes quickly and it can get pretty chilly!  It was actually only in the low 60’s that day!  So, pack a jacket to visit!