April 29, 2013
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Motivational Interviewing: Applications for Housing Staff (Akron)

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Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. It is a way of working with people (consumers, clients, patients, tenants) to assist them in accessing their intrinsic motivation to change behaviors that contradict their essential values and interfere with the achievement of their life goals. Motivational Interviewing is both a philosophy and a set of strategic techniques. It is an evidence-based treatment with a broad range of applications.

The Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) at Case Western Reserve University makes an attempt to incorporate exercises and examples specific to the unique practice settings of participants in its training events, with an emphasis upon skills that advance the recovery of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance use disorders.


"Motivational Interviewing: Applications for Housing Staff" is designed primarily for housing-services staff and supervisors who have not had exposure to or experience using motivational interviewing techniques. It introduces participants to the philosophical roots and essential constructs of this evidence-based treatment. Participants will learn about the foundational aspects of the Trans-Theoretical Model (TTM) of change and how motivational interventions complement the stages of change (i.e., pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance).

Participants will engage in skill-building exercises designed to assist them in utilizing person-centered approaches and strategies to identify and reinforce change talk in housing settings for individuals with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. The skills taught are intended to help housing staff partner with clinicians in efforts to support the decisions of tenants to make changes in their lives and promote stable living conditions.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to ...

  • Explain why and how people engage in change
  • List 6 ways staff may get in the way of helping people change
  • Describe how staff can communicate with residents to help them consider a change
  • Identify things people say when they are thinking about making a change
  • Practice ways to create opportunities for residents to discuss a potential change

Food Policy:
Refreshments will not be provided during this training.  Feel free to bring your own.


Jeremy Evenden, MSSA, LISW-S


This event is designed primarily for housing-services staff and supervisors who work with people with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders and who have not had exposure to or experience using Motivational Interviewing. Examples of people who are encouraged to attend include the following:

Service roles

  • Program managers
  • Team leaders
  • Supervisors
  • Direct-service staff
  • Peer specialists

Service settings

A variety of residential and housing services:

  • PSH/Permanent Supportive & Independent Housing
  • Transitional Housing
  • Adult Care Facilities
  • Emergency Shelters
  • YMCA & YWCA Housing

Professional disciplines

  • Mental-health services
  • Addiction services
  • Social work
  • Psychology
  • Residential
  • Housing
  • Primary healthcare
  • Psychiatry
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Criminal justice
  • Vocational rehabilitation

Service models and strategies

Individuals and service teams from organizations that are implementing evidence-based practices, best practices, emerging practices, and other service strategies for people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Examples include the following:

  • Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT)
  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
  • Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT)
  • Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT)
  • Tobacco Recovery Across the Continuum (TRAC)
  • Supported Employment/ Individual Placement and Support (SE/ IPS)
  • Illness Management and Recovery (IMR)
  • Wellness Management and Recovery (WMR)







Jeremy Evenden, MSSA, LISW-S, is a consultant and trainer at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University and its Ohio Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Coordinating Center of Excellence (Ohio SAMI CCOE) initiative. He provides technical assistance (consulting and training) to organizations that are implementing evidence-based practices, emerging best practices, and other strategies that improve services and outcomes for people diagnosed with severe mental illness and substance use disorders. Mr. Evenden is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), an international association of trainers in motivational interviewing.

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