September 10, 2020 CEUs

Zoom Webinar
$45.00 morning
 OR afternoon session
$75.00 both sessions

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9:00 am - 12:15 pm

The Substances of Abuse

3 CEUs: LSW/LISW/SWA; LPC/LPCC; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT Board); LNHA

This training focuses on the substances of abuse.  We begin with looking at the physiological effects of drugs on the body, and the brain's role in addiction.  We will learn how advances in scientific research have shaped treatment and prevention techniques.  The training then focuses on the different classes of drugs, giving an overview of the drugs, and describing the short and long-term effects on the user.  Special attention will be paid to the opioid epidemic and changes in drug trends, including new designer drugs. 


  • Understand the physiological effects of drugs
  • Gain an understanding of the role of the brain in addiction
  • Identify specific drugs of abuse by classification
  • Identify the short and long-term effects classes of drugs have on the user
  • Discuss current trends in drug abuse

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1:00 pm - 4:15 pm

The Principles of Treatment: Stages of Change

3 CEUs: LSW/LISW/SWA; LPC/LPCC; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT Board); pending LNHA

This training focuses on the principles that guide treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.  It discusses the overall principles that make treatment effective, as well as discussing different modes of treatment.  There is a special focus on the importance of developing a therapeutic relationship with clients,  and an introduction to techniques used in motivational interviewing.  Then the training focuses on the Stages of Change model as a way of conceptualizing motivation to change. 


  • Define Treatment
  • Discuss the principles of effective treatment
  • Differentiate different modes of treatment, including levels of care
  • Understand the importance of therapeutic relationship, and practice ways to develop it quickly
  • Learn and practice basic motivational interviewing skills for the purpose of building rapport
  • Understand the trans-theoretical stages of change model to conceptualize motivation to change

About the Speaker Stephen Kerestes, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS

Stephen Kerestes 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.