Elissa Hardy, LCSW has worked in many different areas of social work since obtaining her MSW in 2003. 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 currently is employed by the Denver Public Library as the Community Resource Specialist 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. Her own experiences and recovery with trauma and vicarious trauma are what brought her to social work. Elissa lives in Denver with her three dogs, all of whom enjoy a good mountain trail.