Susan Kaplan, M.S.W., M.P.A.Susan Kaplan, M.S.W., M.P.A.




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.

Susan Kaplan, M.S.W., M.P.A.Susan Kaplan, M.S.W., M.P.A.

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 several vital organizations:

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:

  • Assets and Strengths Based Model
  • Wellness Models and Health Promotion
  • Mindfulness Practices, including Yoga, walking, Courage reflective practices
  • Democratic Family Parenting Models
  • Kabbalah teachings
  • Storytelling and Story Listening
  • interfaith Background
  • Alderian Theory
  • Adult educational training model
  • Systems Theory
  • World Wisdom & Spiritual traditions
  • Nature Experiences
  • Importance of Beauty and Art
  • Social Justice values
  • Practical Life Skills
  • Applied skill building

As an Approved Trainer, I give Continuing Education Credits for

  • Social Workers
  • Early Childhood Professionals  (rrecongized by Qualistar)
  • Classroom Teachers, Special Area Teachers & School Counselors - UCD graduate transripts and/or licensure requirements

Organizational Connections: 

Center for Courage and Renewal    

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
e-mail: peacemaker@indra.com
web: www.peacemakerinstitute.org


National Coalition Building Institute
Focus on building relationships across differences and diversity, especially with interfaith, economic, cultural and racial groups.
telephone: (202) 785-9400
e-mail: ncbiinc@aol.com
web: www.ncbi.org

Rocky Mountain Compassionate Communication Network 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 Affiliated Facilitator (303) 871-8468 or kaplan@earthlink.net

The Center for NonViolent Communication

telephone: (505) 244-4041
e-mail: cnvc.org
web: www.cnvc.org


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
e-mail: info@conflictcenter.org
web: www.conflictcenter.org

The organizations I am a member of include:

  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Association for Spirituality and Social Workers
  • National Storytelling Network (NSN)
  • The Healing Alliance (special interest group of NSN)
  • Interfaith special interest group (NSN)
  • International Storytelling Center
  • (Storytellers & Story Educators for Peace)
  • Rocky Mountain Storytelling Guild
  • Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference
  • Spellbinders - Denver Chapter
  • Center for Screen-Time Awareness (home of T.V.Turnoff Week)
  • The Center for a New American Dream
  • Co-op America
  • The Institute for Peace and Justice