Training & Services


Connecting Paradigms: A Trauma-Informed & Neurobiological Framework for Motivational Interviewing Implementation

Connecting Paradigms provides an innovative approach to helping those struggling with past trauma to make critical life changes and heal from their pain and suffering. Scientific understanding of the brain, the impact of trauma, and research on behavioral change has grown exponentially over the last several decades. This knowledge is challenging and transforming thinking about how we provide mental health and substance abuse education, medical care, criminal justice, and social work. Connecting Paradigms presents an integrated model combining research in neurobiology, trauma, behavioral change, harm reduction, and Motivational Interviewing into a practical skill set easily implemented across a variety of settings and professions. Check out the HIV-Specific Version of Connecting Paradigms!!

Trauma-Informed Care

Recent research on the brain and trauma gives those working in the helping professions a new paradigm to conceptualize and work with clients.  Understanding how trauma impacts brain development puts harmful behaviors and destructive thinking patterns in context and gives helpers a roadmap for building relationships and promoting healing and growth.  This training presents the Trauma-Informed Paradigm in a practical context, giving learners both a theoretical basis and tools to apply immediately in their work with clients.  Through the application of this Trauma-Informed Paradigm, workers can minimize re-traumatization while creating an environment for the traumatized individual to regain control of their lives.

Self-care is Quality Care

Helping professionals are at risk of experiencing issues that mirror those of the traumatized clients they serve. Research demonstrates the dangerous impact on physical and emotional health when exposure to trauma is combined with a stressful work environment. Knowledge is the best defense against burnout, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. Self-care is Quality Care goes further than other self-care trainings by addressing the critical elements of health to enhance productivity and quality of work on both an individual and organizational level. Utilizing research in neurobiology, psychology, and business, this training provides skills for those in direct care to be more effective and efficient at work, allowing for the highest level of services possible.

Trauma-Informed Leadership

Trauma-Informed Leadership is designed to give leaders the skills and knowledge necessary to propel their community and organizations towards excellence.  This training provides a practical model designed to enhance staff health, while maximizing system and organizational outcomes. Learners will leave this presentation with a new paradigm of leadership, along with a set of skills to implement in supervision of staff and management of programs.

Designed in an interactive and experiential format, this training challenges leaders to look at job responsibilities, staff, systems, and agency through the Trauma-Informed Paradigm. This powerful experience provides approaches and strategies that can transform individuals, systems and the overall approach to helping others heal and grow.  Whether you are an aspiring or experienced leader, you’ll see your role and work in a whole new light.

Trauma-Informed Schools

The Trauma-Informed Paradigm is challenging us to rethink traditional educational and behavioral management approaches. Understanding how trauma impacts brain development puts harmful behaviors and destructive thinking patterns in context and gives educators and school staff a roadmap for building relationships, programs, and school environments that promote healing, growth, and educational excellence. This workshop will demonstrate the importance of reaching traumatized children and youth early to minimize the impact trauma can have throughout the life cycle and to break patterns of abuse and pain in our communities.

Motivational Interviewing

“Motivational interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion (Miller & Rollnick, 2012).”

MI provides a strategic framework for building relationships through active communication approaches and strategies termed the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing. These approaches and strategies serve as a guide for how we structure our interactions with clients and guide how we set up programming. Using the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing as a foundation, the second part of this training will explore how people move through the stages of change and how MI implementation helps people move from contemplating a change to finding motivation for action.

Building on these foundational skills, the focus will shift to the heart of MI. Change happens when people feel a type of stress called cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance occurs when a person realizes that their actions and behaviors do not align with their values or how they want to live their lives. While cognitive dissonance is uncomfortable, it creates motivation to bring about changes to eliminate it.

Services & Pricing

Keynote Address

Bring Matt’s inspiring energy to your conference. Keynote addresses can be customized in content for a specific audience. A mix of information and inspiration, let Matt help you achieve the mission of your conference.

Workshops and Trainings

Whether you are looking for a 45-minute workshop on a singular topic or a 4-day training series combining different topics, Matt will work with you to identify training objectives and deliver engaging and participant-centered learning experiences.

Workshops and Training for Clients, Patients, and Students

Most of the above topics are effective psychoeducational learning experiences for those in services. Learning about trauma and change in a workshop setting helps to supplement other services by providing insight and hope through a greater understanding of one’s self.


Distance learning is a great and cost-effective way to gain mastery over complex topics and build skills.

Coaching and Technical Assistance

Support adult learning by utilizing coaching to supplement a training experience. Whether in-person or through webinar format, coaching helps further integrate knowledge and master skills.


Keynote Address or other speaking engagements in front of large audiences: $3,000 (includes a free workshop for conferences).

Workshops, trainings, and webinars: $500 per training hour. Training outside the Denver Metro Area has a minimum cost of $3,000 which covers up to 6 hours of training and coaching. Coaching: $250 an hour.

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