CASAC To Offer Motivational Interviewing Session

Motivational Interviewing (Tipping Ambivalence towards Change) A Practical Application of OARS will be offered through the Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 16, at the Salvation Army, 82 S. Main St., Jamestown.

The session will be led by Cheryl Martin, an integrated health trainer and clinical consultant who provides motivational interviewing training through the Monroe County Office of Mental Health. She is an Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services faculty member. Since the last time she presented for CASAC in 2010, some changes have been made to the Motivational Interviewing method. She has continually updated her training to reflect all the new research and learning in the third edition of the motivational interviewing book.

Some concepts/skills important to motivational interviewing include self-efficacy, developing discrepancy, compassion, sustain talk and dancing with discord. The five key communication skills of OARS are using open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, summaries and providing information with permission. After a brief Power Point presentation, the remainder of the session will allow participants to watch examples of motivational interviewing and then practice these techniques using real role play.

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 and encouraged to attend. To register or for more information about other training CASAC offers, call Kathleen Colby, director of training services, at 664-3608, email kjcolby@casacweb.or visit

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.

For further information about CASAC services, call the Jamestown office at 664-3608 or the Dunkirk office at 366-4623.