The West Virginia Council of Churches Launches Substance Abuse Initiative Trainings and Listening Events
As part of it's Substance Abuse Initiative, the West Virginia Council of Churches will be sponsoring two different types of training this spring and fall. Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral, and Treatment (SBIRT) training will be held across the state. This 2 1/2 hour training is geared towards persons in congregations and communities who are concerned with loved ones or acquaintances who may be struggling with substance abuse. The SBIRT training will be taught by James Matney, SBIRT Clinical Director for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
The second training, Motivational Interviewing (MI), is a form of collaborative conversation to strengthen a person’s motivation and resolve their ambivalence about changing their behavior. It is designed to increase an individual’s motivation for, and movement toward, a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. The skills are simple, yet fundamental.
This training is open to all faith traditions. Clergy, chaplains, pastoral counselors, mental health professionals, and anyone interested in the use of MI resources in healing should find this course of interest. Continuing Education credits certificates are available. Motivational Interviewing is a two day training and is taught by Rev. Dr. Sky Kershner of KPCC Counseling.
You can register for the SBIRT or Motivational Interviewing training here.
Later this year, the Council will also hold listening events across the state to hear from persons working on the front line of substance abuse prevention and recovery and from those directly affected by this epidemic. More information to come!
Please remember the 2016 Day of Hope for Prevention and Recovery which will be held the weekend of September 18.