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Joni Handran, PhD, LCSW, CACIII

Joni Handran Instructor

Contact information

Education 6
1586 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1586

Areas of Interest

Trauma-informed care, substance abuse/dependence, mental health, and co-occurring disorders.

Degree Information

Ph.D., May 2013, Educational Leadership, Human Resources, and Social Work, Colorado State University
M.S.W., August 2005, Social Work, Colorado State University
B.A., December 2001, Communications and German, University of Colorado

Academic Appointments

2011 - present: Instructor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
August 2011 - present: Instructor, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, CO
January 2010 - present: Field Liaison, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Professional post-baccalaureate and post-master’s social work experience

April 2011 - present: Clinical Therapist/Clinical Supervision, Joni Handran, LLC, Denver, CO
September 2010 - April 2011: Commerce City Outpatient Program Manager, The Community Reach Center, Adams County, CO
June 2007 - September 2010: Program Services Director, The Empowerment Program, Denver, CO
April 2006 - July 2008: Family Therapist/Part-Time, Family to Family, Denver, CO
January 2007 - January 2008: Adjunct Faculty, The University of Phoenix, Lone Tree, CO
June 2005 - June 2007: Project S.T.A.R.S. Addictions Counselor/Therapist, The Empowerment Program, Denver, CO
April 2002 - April 2005: Courtroom 12T Diversion Project Coordinator, The Empowerment Program, Denver, CO
January 2004 - May 2004: Therapist MSW Intern, Marilee Center, Courthouse Inc., Denver, CO
October 2001 - April 2002: TANF Case Manager, Goodwill Industries/Adams County Human Services, Commerce City, CO
February 1999 - February 2001: Case Manager, Colorado Options, Denver, CO

Current professional, academic, community-related, and scientific memberships

National Association of Social Workers Membership

Special awards, fellowships, grants, and other recognitions received during the last 3 years

Co-wrote Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that was funded for 2 million dollars over 5 years to provide substance abuse treatment and mental health services to homeless women suffering from co-occurring disorders and complex histories of trauma.

Professional certifications, trainings, and relevant information

  • Completed the following course work in research and program evaluation:
    • Doctoral Level Research Courses: Quantitative Research Methods, Quantitative Data Collection Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, Qualitative Research Analysis, Mixed Methods Research, Qualitative Methodology Seminar and Critical Review of the Literature.
    • Masters Level Research Courses: Methods of Research I, II and Macro Level Practice Research.
  • Providing ongoing internal process evaluation for various programs at the Empowerment Program.
  • Co-instructed master level Social Work seminar Research and Program Evaluation for two semesters
  • Conducted qualitative and quantitative research on trauma history and women participating in the Empowerment Program. Identified trauma differences between women involved in prostitution and women without a history of prostitution to provide more adequate services to help them deal with violence-induced trauma. Identified differences between the two groups on types of trauma experienced, symptoms of trauma, coping mechanisms, and services desired.
  • Facilitated various focus groups for women to address feelings of unmet needs and desired services at the Empowerment Program.