Intermediate Motivational Interviewing

9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
CEUs: $50.00
No CEUs: $25.00
3.0 CEUs available for:

  • LSW/LISW/SWA (CSWMFT #: RSX069601)

  • LPC/LPCC (CSWMFT #: RCX031303)

  • Nurses ​(via reciprocity with the CSWMFT board)

  • LNHA (BELTSS #40665-SS-23)



This intermediate course builds upon the information learned in the Basic Motivational Interviewing training. Attendees will review the OARS engagement skills that build a therapeutic relationship. The course then focuses on learning about the importance of change talk and practicing skills to elicit it in clients. A special focus will be on understanding what is commonly considered "resistance" and how to utilize Motivational Interviewing to respond to resistance.


  • Review and Reinforce basic Motivational Interviewing Engagement Skills (OARS)
  • Learn about different strategies and techniques to enhance client motivational sources
  • Learn and practice skills used to elicit and respond to change talk
  • Understand the nature of "resistance" to change and learn skills to work with this "resistance" 

About the Speaker: Steve Kerestes LPCC-S, LICDC-CS

Stephen Kerestes, LPCC-S, LICDC is a coordinator of the School Based Mental Health team at CommQuest Services, Internship Coordinator and trainer for Pyramid Services.  He also serves as an adjunct professor for Motivational Interviewing at Walsh University. Prior, he was lead counselor at the Smith House, a residential treatment center for adolescents with substance abuse and mental health problems.  He specializes in teaching social responsibility to clients.  A graduate of the University of Akron, he has received extensive training in Motivational Interviewing as well as in problem gambling counseling.  He shows great passion in his work with clients as well as in supervision, training, and program development. He takes a creative approach to counseling and is a dynamic and engaging speaker. 


Class sizes are limited, so register early.  Classes with low registrations may be canceled.  If the class is canceled or moved, participants will be contacted via email at least 24 hours in advance.

Classes start and end on time.  To ensure a quality experience for all, please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the class start time and find a seat.  CEU credits will be adjusted 0.25 credit hours for every 15 minutes not in attendance; adjusted certificates will be emailed to participants within 3 business days after the training.  Hard copies of certificates will be mailed upon request.

It is difficult to control room temperature to everyone's comfort level.  We suggest you dress in layers that can be adaptable to warm and cool temperatures.

For auditing purposes, arrival and departure times and signature are required on attendance sheets.