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 (RCX031303)
  • LNHA (BELTSS: 40173-SS-22)
  • Nurses ​(via reciprocity with CSWMFT board)

Motivational Interviewing is collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. Its applications have been studied to be effective in many arenas. While typically utilized by counselors, an understanding of motivational interviewing is applicable for any helper. Participants will learn about the importance of the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing, as well as using basic engagement skills (OARS).


  • Exploring the human change process and resistance to change
  • Understanding the trans-theoretical Stages of Change Model and how it has affected the realm of counseling and social work
  • Defining motivational interviewing and understanding briefly how it was developed
  • Learning about the spirit of motivational interviewing including the elements, principles, and common traps encountered.
  • Describing and practicing OARS client-centered counseling skills used in motivational interviewing.

Speaker: Stephen Kerestes, LPCC-S, LICDC

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. Healso 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.