Stage-Wise Integrated Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders (Columbus, OH)

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  • Non-Ohio providers: $115
  • Ohio providers: $0, Free for ACT & IDDT team members; $60 for others
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The Trans-theoretical Model of Change (stages of change) is a core clinical competency. It teaches us that big changes like sobriety, symptom management, and an increase in independent living are usually built upon a series of small, incremental changes over time. The stages of change include the following:

  • Pre-contemplation
  • Contemplation
  • Motivation/Preparation
  • Action
  • Maintenance

Attend this training and learn to evaluate the stages of change (and readiness to change) among people with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and co-occurring substance use disorders (addiction). Also, learn how to utilize stage-appropriate interventions to help clients advance their recovery.

Experiential Learning

This workshop will provide an opportunity for practical skill development through use of exercises and case discussion application. Participants will work in small groups to determine stage of change of clients and discuss appropriate stage-wise interventions. An emphasis will be placed on participants supporting the rationale they used to determine stage of change and treatment interventions.  Additional attention will be paid to recognizing and avoiding common staging errors and identifying person-centered goal setting strategies. 

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to ...

  • Identify criteria associated with each of the 5 stages-of-change
  • Apply stage-of-change definitions to case vignettes to practice determining appropriate stage of change
  • Use case vignettes and real-life examples in conjunction with stages of change to plan treatment interventions
  • Recognize and avoid common staging errors


Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW


Our training events are open to professionals from multiple disciplines, service settings, and systems of care who provide healthcare, behavioral healthcare, and other services to people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Examples of people who attend our events include the following:

Service roles

  • Program managers
  • Team leaders
  • Clinical supervisors
  • Medical staff
  • Quality assurance professionals
  • Administrators
  • Policymakers
  • Direct-service staff
  • Peer supporters
  • Peer specialists
  • Peer recovery coaches

Service settings

  • Behavioral healthcare organizations (e.g., mental health, addiction services)
  • County boards (e.g., mental health, addiction services)
  • Psychiatric hospitals (state and community)
  • Hospitals
  • Managed Care Organizations
  • Criminal justice (e.g., police, courts, jail, probation, parole)
  • Residential
  • Housing
  • Health clinics (primary health)
  • Health Homes
  • Child welfare

Professional disciplines

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



Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, is a consultant and trainer at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University. 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. These strategies include Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment and Mental Health Treatment (DDCAT/ DDCMHT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI), among others.

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December 4, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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November 27, 2017 (11:59 PM) EST
November 27, 2017 (11:59 PM) EST is the deadline to cancel your registration for this event and request a refund.