"When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new."

Dalai Lama

Learning Leader

As facilitation specialist, Ashley Andersen, BA, MSW, provides oversight and support to the fifty-plus members of the CWTS Training Pool. This pool is made up of individuals currently working in the fields of child welfare, law enforcement, mental health, and domestic violence. These knowledgeable and dedicated individuals provide facilitation, curriculum development, and subject matter expertise that help bring rigor and depth to all that the CWTS does. Ashley has completed Co-Active Coach Training through the Coaches Training Institute and is one of the CWTS coaches who provides coaching to county child welfare staff.

Ashley earned her BA in psychology and English from the University of New Hampshire and her MSW from Hunter College in New York City. She began her career in Colorado child welfare as an intake caseworker. In her work at the county, Ashley took a family-focused and child-centered approach, always able to find strengths in every family with whom she worked. Her strong belief that people want to do and be their best helped shaped the way in which Ashley approached families, and it was her desire to help others reach their best that lead her to the work of training and coaching. As the practice coach at her county, Ashley worked one-on-one with caseworkers, developed tools and processes used for coaching, and created and facilitated trainings for county staff. When Ashley transitioned to the Kempe Center, she first worked as a coach, trainer, and site manager for SafeCare, a child abuse and neglect prevention program, before joining the CWTS team. Ashley’s favorite part of her work is having the opportunity to create space for individuals to open up and realize their true strengths and potential.

Ashley is married and has three teenage stepsons who get to reap the benefits of having a social worker as a stepmom and kindly participate in the interesting conversations that that gift brings to them. She also has a furry child—an adopted German shepherd who has a passion for digging in the yard and coaxing people to put something more interesting than kibble in her bowl. When she’s not home enjoying the company of her family and friends, she loves exploring Colorado and skiing in the winter and can sometimes even be caught begrudgingly running in the warmer months.


Ashley.L.Andersen@ucdenver.edu