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CASAC to offer motivational interview training in June

June 19, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

"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, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This four-hour course is scheduled to be offered at The Salvation Army, 82 S. Main St., Jamestown.

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 council may have available contact Director of Training Services Kathleen Colby at 664-3608 or kjcolby@casacweb.or visit



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