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Elissa Hardy, LCSW has worked in many different areas of social work. She has worked in long term care, hospice, Big Brothers Big Sisters, an adolescent treatment program, outpatient mental health as well as with the chronically homeless population in Housing First and Assertive Community Treatment programs. She is currently employed by the Denver Public Library as the Community Resource Specialist Supervisor connecting with customers experiencing homelessness and other adverse life experiences to provide support and connection to resources. In 2012, Elissa began teaching as an adjunct instructor in the Graduate School of Social Work at Denver University. She teaches classes focusing on the intersections of mental health, substance use and trauma including trauma informed care. Working within a library system for nearly two years has been eye opening in understanding how much of society is deeply affected by trauma and how we can feel empowered to do something about it. Elissa lives in Denver with her two dogs, all of whom enjoy a good mountain trail.