Training To Be Offered Through CASAC March 21

“Motivational Interviewing (Resolving Ambivalence to Change) A Practical Application of OARS” will be offered through the Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at First Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Ave., Fredonia.

Tony Bellanca, prevention specialist, will present the training.

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 the basic concepts. After a brief presentation, the remainder of the session will allow participants to watch examples of motivational interviewing and then practice 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 (CASAC), Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP) or Credentialed Prevention Specialist (CPS). 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 to attend. To register or to learn more about other training offerings the council may have available, contact Kathleen Colby, director of training services, at 664-3608, email or visit