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Aaron Blackham, MSW

Community Outreach Trainer


Contact Information


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


Professional Experience:

Aaron Blackham has over 10 years' experience working with youth, families, and adults. He served as child protective service worker and a program specialist for the Division of Child and Family Services in Nevada. He has facilitated support groups for parents and court-ordered co-parenting groups. Mr. Blackham was employed as a counselor and a supervisor for several different wilderness-based behavioral healthcare programs and adult leadership programs. He has a passion for working hard and playing hard outside-and-in.

Mr. Blackham has been a community outreach trainer for the Nevada Partnership for Training since 2009. In 2014, Aaron became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Aaron has trained, coached, evaluated and presented motivational interviewing at workshops, classes, and conferences to over 700 professionals in the social work, health care, educational, mental health, criminal justice and substance abuse treatment professions. He has developed training curricula for child welfare caseworkers in many areas. Mr. Blackham has provided CEU trainings for over 1,000 professionals on the following topics:

  • Nevada New Worker Core Training
  • Child Welfare Supervision
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Adult Mental Health
  • Child Mental Health
  • Trauma and Neurodevelopment
  • Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
  • Child Welfare Ethics
  • Child Sexual Abuse: Assessment and Case Management
  • Domestic Violence: Assessment and Case Management
  • Engaging Fathers
  • LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Mandated Reporter Basics
  • Indian Child Welfare Act

Courses Taught:

  • BSW Field Seminar
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Social Work Methods with Individuals

Research Interests:

  • Child Welfare
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare
  • Permaculture and Green Social Work

Presentations (Past 5 years)

Blackham, A. & Stevens, D. (2013). Full Circle Case Management. 48th Annual Intertribal Council of Nevada, Reno, NV.

Blackham, A. (2014, August).  Effective Communication and Interviewing. 1st Annual Victim Assistance Academy of Nevada: Weaving a Tapestry of Advocacy in Nevada, Reno, NV.

Blackham, A. (2014, July). Training Motivational Interviewing: Sourcing the Wellspring.  West Coast Child Welfare Trainers' Conference., Coeur d'Alene, ID.

Blackham, A. (2014, September). Training Resources: The Rhythm of Motivational Interviewing. NASW Chapter Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Blackham, A. (2014, December). Motivational Interviewing: Can You Spare Some Change?  Presented at the 49th  2014 Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Sparks, NV.

Becker, I. & Blackham, A. (2015, July). Bulls-Eye: How to Hit the Mark with Curriculum Design, West Coast Child Welfare Trainers' Conference, Reno, NV.

Blackham, A. & Bernier, M. (2015, July). Get Your Silver Spurs: Kick Training Up a Notch with Energizers, Icebreakers, and Activities.  West Coast Child Welfare Trainers' Conference, Reno, NV.

Blackham, A. (2015, August).  The Art and Science of Communication.  2nd  Annual Victim Assistance Academy of Nevada, Reno, NV.

Favorite Quote

"We can have wilderness without freedom; we can have wilderness without human life at all, but we cannot have freedom without wilderness, we cannot have freedom without leagues of open space beyond the cities, where boys and girls, men and women, can live at least part of their lives under no control but their own desires and abilities, free from any and all direct administration by their fellow men."
-Edward Abbey

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