Changing the Conversation to Support Housing Stability (Fairfield, OH)

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  • This training event is part of the Housing series presented by our Center.
  • More dates are available and being planned (click here).

Housing stability is a common challenge for individuals with behavioral health disorders. Knowing how to help people (residents) consider and embark upon behavior change that promotes stable housing is an important skill for all housing providers to have. Other important skills include effective listening and communication skills and understanding how people consider and make changes in their lives.

This training will teach housing providers how to recognize stages of change among residents and how to use a stage-based approach in their conversations. We will learn effective listening and communication skills. We will also learn how to identify ineffective communication strategies—ones that reduce or interfere with helpful conversations. Participants will have an opportunity to apply the stages-of-change construct in their current work with residents. They will also have the opportunity to observe and/or practice effective listening and communication skills.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to ...

  • Explain behavioral health symptoms as potential risks to stable housing
  • Describe pre-contemplation and contemplation stages of change with associated potential staff tasks
  • Describe preparation, action and maintenance stages of change with associated potential staff tasks
  • Identify a common focus between tenants and staff
  • Recognize common barriers to effective conversations about change
  • Identify effective listening and communication skills to promote change


Deborah Myers, MEd, LPCC-SC


Staff and supervisors of housing services, including the following:

  • PSH/Permanent Supportive & Independent Housing
  • Transitional Housing
  • Residential
  • Adult Care Facilities
  • Emergency Shelters
  • YMCA & YWCA Housing
  • Community CPST
  • Recovery Houses

Other providers of mental-health and addiction treatment are welcomed to attend. These events are made possible with support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) as part of its statewide initiative to promote housing stability among residents.



Deborah Myers, MEd, LPCC-SC, is a consultant and trainer at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) at Case Western Reserve University and its Ohio Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Coordinating Center of Excellence (Ohio SAMI CCOE) initiative. In this capacity, she provides programmatic consultation as well as clinical consultation and training to service organizations implementing Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), the evidence-based practice. Ms. Myers is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), an international association of trainers in motivational interviewing.

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December 10, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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December 3, 2015 (11:59 PM) EST
December 3, 2015 (11:59 PM) EST is the deadline to cancel your registration for this event and request a refund.