December 5, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:15 PM

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November 27, 2018 (11:59 PM) EST
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Stage-Wise Treatment Approaches (Columbus, OH)

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  • Non-Ohio providers: $125
  • Ohio providers: Free for ACT team members; $60 for others
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Research suggests that modifications in maladaptive behavior occur most effectively when Stages of Treatment are taken into account.  The Stages of Treatment in IDDT include:

• Engagement:  Forming a trusting working alliance/relationship.
• Persuasion/Motivation:  Helping the engaged client develop the motivation to participate in recovery-oriented interventions.
• Action:  Helping the motivated client acquire skills and supports for managing illnesses and pursuing goals.
• Relapse Prevention:  Helping clients in stable remission develop and use strategies for maintaining recovery. 

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.
This workshop will provide an opportunity for practical skill development through use of case vignettes.  Participants will work in small groups and based on case vignettes will determine the stage of treatment.  After determining the stage of treatment, participants will identify stage appropriate treatment interventions.  An emphasis will be placed on participants supporting the rationale they used to determine stage of treatment and treatment interventions.  Additional attention will be paid to recognizing and avoiding common staging errors.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to ...

  • Identify criteria associated with each of the 8 Stages of Treatment
  • Utilize case vignettes to practice determining appropriate Stage of Treatment
  • Utilize case vignettes to identify appropriate treatment interventions based on Stage of Treatment
  • 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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