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Social Work

Aaron Blackham

Aaron Blackham, MSW
Community Outreach Trainer

Blackham

Contact Information

  • Email: ablackham@unr.edu
  • Phone: (775) 682-7410
  • Office: Neil J. Redfield Building 201B
  • Mail Stop: 0419

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Southern Utah University
  • Master of Social Work, University of Nevada Reno

Biography

Professional Experience:

Aaron Blackham has 10 years' experience in the field working with children and families. He has worked as a youth counselor and a supervisor for several different wilderness therapy programs serving adjudicated youth and young adults. He has also worked as a child protective service worker and a program specialist for the Division of Child and Family Services in Nevada.

Mr. Blackham has been a community outreach trainer for the Nevada Partnership for Training since 2009. He has developed training curriculum for child welfare caseworkers and stakeholders in the topics of Family Engagement and Motivational Interviewing. Following are the topics that Mr. Blackham has provided CEU trainings for with the Nevada Training Partnership:

  • Nevada New Worker Core Training
  • Mastering the Art of Child Welfare Supervision
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Adult Mental Health
  • Child Mental Health
  • Trauma and Neurodevelopment
  • Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
  • Ethics
  • Child Sexual Abuse: Case Management and Assessment
  • Working with Families Experiencing Domestic Violence

Courses Taught:

  • BSW Field Seminar
  • Social Work 101

Research Interests:

  • Child welfare
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Outdoor behavioral healthcare
  • Permaculture, sustainability and green social work

Favorite Quote

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."
-Mark Twain

Presentations (Past 5 years)


Mr. Blackham is a sitting member of the Indian Child Welfare Committee of Nevada. He presented on Developing Memorandums of Understanding and Collaboration at the Annual Tribal Summit in 2011. Mr. Blackham will be presenting on Collaborative Case Planning at the 48th annual Intertribal Council of Nevada Convention in 2013.