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The Wonder of Girls: Understanding the Nature, Nurture and Culture of Girls
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The Wonder of Girls: Understanding the Nature, Nurture and Culture of Girls

When: 4/23/2014
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: University of Denver - Graduate School of Social Work
2148 S. High Street, The Community Room
Denver, CO 80208
United States

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Based on content of the best selling book "The Wonder of Girls" by Michael Gurian

The cost is $35 for members and $75 for non-members.  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Butscher at or 303-918-0416.

You will earn 3.5 CECs/PDHs for this workshop. RSVP required.

Program Description:
This workshop is designed to help and encourage clinicians, social workers and case managers to view girls through a different kind of lens. By understanding the physiology of girls we can become clear on how and why “girls will be girls” and how we can encourage them to be confident, competent and connected to themselves and others. Through Michael’s years of practice and research on girls, this workshop will offer a comprehensive and dynamic way of viewing and understanding our girls. The workshop will also include how to translate this understanding on a programmatic level and what elements of connection are essentially important in the nature, nurture and culture of female adolescents and young women.

Program Presenters:
Michael Gurian is a marriage and family counselor in private practice and the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-six books published in twenty-one languages. The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs and trains professionals. As a social philosopher, Michael pioneered efforts to bring neuro-biology and brain research into homes, schools, corporations, and public policy. A number of his books have sparked national debate including The Wonder of Boys, The Wonder of Girls, Boys and Girls Learn Differently!, and Leadership and the Sexes.

Andrea Philleo is the Founder of the Colorado Wellness Center for Girls. She has earned two Masters degrees- one from The American University in Washington D.C. (1991) in Criminal Justice and the other from Loyola University Chicago (1998) in Social Work. Andrea received the National Association of Social Workers – Colorado Chapter, Social Worker of the Year Award for 2013. She was an adjunct instructor at the University of Denver in the Graduate School of Social Work from 2006-2013. She has worked with youth from a research, evaluation, funding, clinical and case management perspective. For more information about the Colorado Wellness Center for girls, please visit their website- or call 303-955-5818.

Program Objectives:
1. Identify the important ingredients of understanding girls through a nature, nurture and cultural perspective.

2. Correlate these elements into effective practice and programming.

3. Describe and define the use of wellness and nature-based principles in working with girls.

Parking is NOT included in the cost of the workshop. Parking passes are available for purchase in the general lot next to Craig Hall (1.50 per hour).

Click on the link to the location of the lot: parking map

Please Note:
Refund Policy: Full refund if notified 48 hours or more before the workshop begins.

Student policy: A limited number of NASWCO student members may attend for free. Please contact Julie Butscher at for information.

Returned Check Policy: There will be at $20 (Twenty dollars) fee added to any checks returned.

If you have any questions, please email or call 303-753-8890.

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NASW Colorado, 1120 Lincoln Street #1608, Denver, Colorado, 80203 Phone 303-753-8890