Susan Kaplan, M.S.W., M.P.A.
Thank you for your interest in my work.
Please read information on my Intention, Background, and Affiliations below.
Resume and references are available upon request.
Intention - Listening & Leading From Within
My vision is to help repair our world by creating greater balance, harmony, and peace. There is a great need for a more peaceful, compassionate and just world today and for future generations. My personal goals are to to live a more simple, sustainable and peaceful daily life. As a co-parent, I am involved in supporting a new generation who will also contribute to our world.
Integrating an extensive background of nonprofit and community work, I have developed a comprehensive range of services. This Circle of Services provides a range of work, from individuals to communal settings.
Over the years I have discovered that my work with individuals and in group settings have taught me how change occurs on many different system levels.
In working with you, I hope to inspire you, your family and/or your organization, drawing upon your strengths. By providing effective life skills and new concepts for commuication, you will be able to create the quality of relationships that you hope for. Listening ~ a skill for both the speaker and the listener ~ help you find and express your own wisdom and support you in your values and living an authentic life. I hope i earn the right to work with you.
I hold two Masters, in Social Work and Public Administration. My Master's program was in Integrated Practice, which I combined with a health promotion emphasis. My extensive experience comes from working in a variety of diverse settings and roles through the years, including: Director of a Univeristy based Volunteer Crisis Center, Community Development via VISTA, Commuity Organizing, Adoption Service Counselor, Family Services Counselor at Warren Village & Decatur Place, Child Care Provider, Facilitator, Trainer, and Assocaite Trainer at The Conflict Center.
Currently I am an independent Trainer & Facilitator, as well as working with two vital organizations:
Rocky Mountain Center for Compassionate Communication
In addition, I am adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Social Work, Univeristy of Denver
and Red Rocks Community College, Childhood Innovations.
All of my work involves listening - listening to self and to others. As a Trainer, Educator, Courage & Renewal Facilitator®, Peacemaker, Storyteller & Story Listener®, Accrediated Faciltator for Rocky Mountain Center for Compassionate Communication and a Yoga Instructor, I provide a unique collection of services, programs, retreats and classes.
My practice inclues a holistic model and contemplative practices of yoga and walking.
My Balance Holistic Model®, which I developed and use in my practice, was inspired by the words and work of Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalmoi. Reflecting concepts from Systems theory, this Holistic Model integrates the four levels of body, mind, heart, and soul.
In addition, I draw upon a wide range of skills, world wisdom, and experience. In an effort to articulate the foundation for my work, I also draw upon:
As an Approved Trainer, I give Continuing Education Credits for
When we reconnect who we are with what we do, we approach our lives and our work with renewed passion, commitment, and integrity.
Since 1997, the Center for Courage & Renewal has helped foster personal and professional renewal through retreats that offer the time and space to reflect on life and work.
Please see web page on work within Colorado - under Services.
Peacemaker Institute - I completed the Certification Program October, 2008.
Training sessions are held each quarter, enabling an open entry into the program.
Excellent training, connecting with a community of people working in many different areas.
telephone: (303) 544-5923
National Coalition Building Institute
Focus on building relationships across differences and diversity, especially with interfaith, economic, cultural and racial groups.
telephone: (202) 785-9400
Rocky Mountain Center for Commpassionate Communication
Connected to the Nonviolent Communication Network, our center offers introductory sessions and series, reflecting the work of Marshal Rosenberg. Contact me for information on upcoming training and practice groups in your area of the state. Susan Kaplan is an Affiliate Trainer f(303) 871-8468 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center for NonViolent Communication
telephone: (505) 244-4041
Swallow Hill Music Association - Faculty for Music School in Storytelling & Story Listening and School Artist Program.
Community Resources, Inc. provides programs to support Denver Public School Students through special classroom and assembly programs. Susan is a guest artist and has served DPS for many years.
As a Contract Associate Trainer for The Conflict Center, I have worked with The Conflict Center since 1996. Make note there is an excellent public library available to you.
telephone: (303) 433-4983
The organizations I am a member of include: