Monday, September 23, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Butler County Educational Service Center 
400 N. Erie Blvd.
Hamilton, OH 45011


Lauren Perry
FCFC Training Coordinator
Butler County Family & Children First Council
(513) 785-6770 (office)

Your Trainer:

Brett A. Dowdy, PSYD, Lindner Center of HOPE, Chief of Psychological Services
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, 
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Dr. Dowdy is Lindner Center of HOPE’s Chief of Psychological Services.  He supervises the psychologists, neuropsychologists, and therapists who provide services throughout the Center.  Dr. Dowdy is the Center’s Director of Training for students in the region’s doctoral psychology programs.  He also provides leadership of the outpatient Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program.  Dr. Dowdy has an outpatient practice and also provides leadership and treatment at Sibcy House, the adult residential program at the Lindner Center of HOPE.

Dr. Dowdy is an expert in motivational interviewing and works with adults and adolescents who struggle to maintain lasting changes. He specializes in helping those who struggle to launch from home, as well as helping their families navigate the complexities of mental health and substance use disorders.  Dr. Dowdy is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He provides Motivational Interviewing training throughout the Midwest focused on helping health care professionals become more effective agents of change. In addition, Dr. Dowdy frequently works with Executives to address substance use, mental health, and stress-related issues that interfere with work and leadership performance.


An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. It is a way of working with persons 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.  This Motivational Interviewing training introduces participants to the philosophical roots and essential constructs of the model. Participants will engage in skill-building exercises designed to assist them in utilizing person-centered approaches and strategies to respond to resistance in work practice settings for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance use disorders.


1. Define Motivational Interviewing (MI) and its core elements.
2. Describe provider behaviors that disengage people from behavior change discussions.
3. Explain the use of open-ended questions, affirmations, and eliciting change talk in the process of engaging people in behavior change.
4. Learn the stages of change and practice application

Cost: Free! (Priority will be given to partner agencies of The Butler County Partnership to Reduce Infant Mortality) 

* Coffe and water provided. Lunch is on your own.

CEUs: 6 Social Work and Counselor CEUs are provided by the Butler County Educational Service Center approved & awarded by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & MFT Board Approval RSX050901 & RCX051001. RCH's pending. 

Target Audience:  Community Health Workers, Therapists/Counselors, Nurses, Psychologists, School Psychologists, Substance Use Counselors, Doctors, Mental Health Professionals, Etc. 


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