WV Regional Substance Abuse Trainings

 Motivational Interviewing

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Because substance abuse is a growing concern throughout the state of West Virginia, it is critically important that clergy and laity are able to provide guidance and support to those seeking help with addictions.

  • What can you do if someone in your congregation approaches you with questions?
  • What resources are available?
  • Where do you start?
  • How can you help?

To help address these concerns, the West Virginia Council of Churches is pleased to offer six (6) regional trainings throughout the state of West Virginia.

Led by KPCC Counseling counselor Sky Kershner, the goal for these trainings is to increase the participants’ skills in the theory and techniques of Motivational Interviewing. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidenced-based intervention and treatment method to assist those with addictions to drugs and alcohol.

MI is a form of collaborative conversation to strengthen a person’s motivation and resolve their ambivalence about changing their behavior. It is designed to increase an individual’s motivation for, and movement toward, a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. The skills are simple, yet fundamental.

This training is open to all faith traditions. Chaplains, pastoral counselors, mental health professionals, ministers, and anyone interested in the use of MI resources in healing should find this course of interest. CE credits certificates are available.

There is no cost for the training. Lunch is provided. Lodging and other meals are on your own. Trainings are offered in each region. Please register by clicking the location of your choice. Registration is required to attend.

2016 Dates and Locations  

MartinsburgMay 9-10
Register-ButtonWheelingMay 24-25
Parkersburg June 7-8
Register-ButtonClarksburgJune 20-21
Register-ButtonHurricaneSept 13-14
Register-ButtonBeckleySept 20-21

Pending – CE Credits

Social work – 12 Hours

Nurses – 12 Hours

LPC – 12 Hours

APP – 12 Hours

Other – 12 Contact Hours

About the Presenter:

Rev Dr. Sky Kershner has taught Motivational Interviewing at the post-graduate level and at WVU School of Medicine, where he is adjunct faculty.

Feel free to email us with questions

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With generous support from the Claude W Benedum Foundation