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CASAC offering OARS training

March 13, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

FREDONIA - "Motivational Interviewing (Resolving Ambivalence to Change) A Practical Application of OARS" will be offered through the Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council.

Prevention Specialist Tony Bellanca will present this training on Thursday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This four-hour course is scheduled to be offered at the First Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Ave., Fredonia,.

The basic concepts of motivational interviewing include self-efficacy, self-esteem, developing discrepancy, expressing empathy, avoiding arguments and dealing with resistance. The use of the acronym OARS - Open-ended questions, Affirmations, Reflective listening and Summaries - will demonstrate these basic concepts. After a brief PowerPoint presentation, the remainder of the session will allow participants to watch examples of motivational interviewing and then practice these techniques using case histories.

Counselors would be most interested in this training. Also this course is suitable for those seeking professional credentialing as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, Credentialed Prevention Professional or Credentialed Prevention Specialist. The four-hours CASAC (Sec.2) CPP (Sec.1) are approved by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services.

The fee is $50 and pre-registration is required. Community members interested in the topic are welcome and encouraged to attend. To register for the above course or to learn more about other training offerings the CASAC may have available, contact Director of Training Services Kathleen Colby at 664-3608, kjcolby@casacweb.or visit

The CASAC offers a number of professional training opportunities throughout the year. Individualized on-site training, depending upon staff needs, is available. All trainings can be designed either as an in-service training, conference or workshop.

Since 1974, Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council, a not-for-profit United Way partner agency, has been dedicated to providing prevention education and community awareness pertaining to alcohol, other drugs and compulsive gambling. CASAC is the only New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services approved and supported alcohol and other drug prevention agency in Chautauqua County. CASAC is one of 40 community-based councils across the state and one of over 200 nationwide. For further information about CASAC services, call the Jamestown office at 664-3608 or the Dunkirk office at 366-4623.



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