Najwa Khalaf has worked in various capacities in the workforce development field most recently as the Programs Manger for a local Workforce Center in the Denver Metro area where she has been responsible for all assistance programs, including Colorado Works, Child Support Enforcement, SNAP-E&T, Pre-Release and Department of Corrections.
She has over 20 years’ experience in the human services fields, and has worked with such populations as the high-risk youth, welfare recipients, and those needing drug and alcohol counseling. Najwa has been providing training and education services to professionals, welfare recipients, youth, families and their communities.
Her knowledge and skills include working with human, workforce development and probation teams and systems in the areas of job creation, economic development, welfare to work, and offender services. Najwa began her workforce development career in 1997 in the Colorado Works program, case managing two parent and single families. She is a certified CPEx (Colorado Performance Excellence) examiner in the Malcolm Baldridge criteria, and is also GCDF certified. Najwa has a degree in Human Services with an emphasis in high-risk youth
As a Joyfields Institute Associate Faculty Ms. Khalaf leads the curricullum and staff development activities for the firm's workforce and career services practice.
Mark Lowis, LMSW, MCSW, MINT, EBP Implementation Specialist, Michigan Department of Community Health
Mr. Mark Lowis is best described as a person who is focused on staff development and training for the purpose of improving the moment of contact between a practitioner and the individual receiving services. His trainings are known for depth of knowledge and effectiveness in providing clear influence on the participating practitioners' skills.
His experience includes case management, treatment, supervision, staff development, and management of adult and juvenile justice programs including a very specialized program for Parolee-Sex Offender Alcoholics and Addicts.
Mr. Lowis began his career as a Law Enforcement and Corrections Specialist in the United States Air Force. During his 10 years of service Mr. Lowis performed as a Law Enforcement Supervisor and later as a Master Instructor in the Air Force Police Academy. Following the Air Force he completed a Bachelors Degree in Psychology at the University of Michigan, and the Masters of Clinical Social Work at Michigan State University. He is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and carries advanced credentials in other evidence based practices.
In 33 years of practice Mr. Lowis has worked in various public and private human services programs and held positions ranging from clinical therapist, case-manager, director of operations for a national managed care company, director of utilization management, and contract negotiator. Currently Mr. Lowis holds a position with the Michigan Department of Community Health where he is responsible for the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices and best practice across the public health system.
Mr. Lowis is also an adjunct professor at the Oakland University School of Medicine, the University of Michigan-School of Social Work, and the Wayne State University-School of Medicine-Department of Psychiatry-Research Division.
As a Joyfields Institute Associate Faculty Mr. Lowis leads the staff development and training activities, systems and process design improvements and leadership enhancement practice.
Dan Reed has over 22 years of experience in human and social services and has held both direct service and supervisory positions. Dan worked in residential treatment facilities in Illinois, Colorado and Iowa prior to joining the Community Mental Health system of for Central Michigan. There he initially oversaw a program for adjudicated youth before becoming Clinical Supervisor.
Dan supervises staff that provides Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent Management Training of Oregon, Brief Strategic Family Therapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model, Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment, Infant Mental Health, Home Base Therapy and Outpatient Therapy. His years at Community Mental Health have included considerable work with law enforcement, probation, courts, schools, social services and physical health providers. Dan sits on numerous committees and collaborative bodies.
Mr. Reed has completed the Motivational Interviewing Train the Trainer – Wyoming Protocol training initiative in the State of Michigan and is also a Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He developed and implemented the most extensive Motivational Interviewing training program for a Community Mental Health entity in the State of Michigan. To date, Dan has trained over 300 agency staff in a three phase Motivational Interviewing training program. Over the past three years, he has also provided Motivational Interviewing: Core Skills training for the State of Michigan, Michigan Works, Disability Network, Law Enforcement, Probation, Court Personnel, Social Workers, Academic Advisors and Physical Health Practitioners.
Mr. Reed's training offers a mix of lecture, interactive exercises, personal examples, videos, breaks, answering questions and humor that makes for an enjoyable and highly educational experience.
He earned his undergraduate degree in Social Science at the University of Northern Iowa and his master’s in Counseling (LPC) from Central Michigan University.
Responses from past participants:
“It was effective to use a variety of learning styles (examples, by visual, audio and hands on learning experiences). “
“Speaker was knowledge & passionate about topic- training flew by!”
“Trainer modeled Motivational Interviewing.” “There were many different opportunities to learn in many different ways. It wasn’t just lecture, there were multiple teaching strategies. The presenter was aware when breaks were necessary. The flow was conducive to learning. I really liked the interaction of the presenter; he made it feel safe and comfortable. He had great humor and showed actual concrete examples. Wonderful training!”.