Probation Officers Learn Motivational Interventions for Behavior Change

Columbus, OH—Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of our Center will present a training session, titled

"Why Won't My Clients Do What I Tell Them To?," at a meeting of the Ohio Chief Probation Officers Association (OCPOA) on Thursday, February 7. This session examines change from a client-centered perspective, drawing upon stage-wise principles and motivational interventions. This training is designed for chief administrators of probation services and community control agencies and their staff and will

  • Explain why and how people engage in change and examine human change processes, including resistance, ambivalence, motivation, and the righting-reflex
  • Define the Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM) and its Stages of Change
  • Define the four principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI), the Spirit of MI, and common traps

Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing are core components of evidence-based practices for people with serious mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorders, such as Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT).


Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, is a consultant and trainer at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining the Center, Gerhard worked for many years in community mental health in central Ohio as a team leader and direct-service provider (get bio). ((NEED BIO))


  • Training Title:  Why Won't My Clients Do What I Tell Them To?
  • Date:  Thursday, February 7, 2013
  • Time:  9:30 am to 12 noon
  • Location:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Columbus, Ohio
  • Event Sponsor:  Ohio Chief Probation Officers Association (OCPOA)
  • More Info: ((DEAD LINK))


Motivational Interviewing (MI) (click here)
Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM) & Stages of Change (click here)