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Career Connection Employment 
Resource Institute (CCERI)
Professional Development Workshops


Two Offerings on the Same Day
February 27th, 2019

Morris County Public Safety Training Academy 
500 West Hanover Ave 
Morristown, NJ 07960

Motivational Inte r viewing for Employment Services

The Art of Successful Conflict Resolution

Register for one or both workshops

Participants will receive a certificate of completion following each workshop
CRC Credits Pending
There is no cost to attend

Interviewing for Employment Services
February 27th, 2019

Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. (Miller & Rollnick, 2009, p. 137).  Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based practice that addresses ambivalence to change, it is a conversational approach designed to help people with the following:
  • Discover their own interest in considering something they wish to change such as work readiness
  • Express in their own words their desire for change (i.e., "change-talk")
  • Examine their ambivalence about the change
  • Plan for and begin the process of change
  • Elicit and strengthen change-talk
  • Enhance their confidence in taking action and noticing that even small, incremental changes are important
  • Strengthen their commitment to change
Learning Objectives

Providers will gain an understanding of motivational interviewing principles, techniques and how they can be used as an effective strategy for engaging clients in behavior change. Through discussion and role-playing, participants will learn and practice these essential skills.
Learning Outcomes:
  1. Principles of Motivational Interviewing
  2. Clinician Tasks in Motivational Interviewing
  3. Motivational Interviewing Skills and Strategies
  4. Recognizing and Eliciting Change Talk
  5. Making an Action Plan
Please click here to register by February 22nd

The Art of Successful Conflict Resolution
February 27th, 2019

Human interaction always has the potential for conflict. However, when working in the human service field we strive to remain effective and impactful. In this class we will explore the key ingredients that enhance the success of client interactions. 

Participants will benefit from this training by asking themselves the following questions
  • Am I listening to my client?
  • What does my body language say?
  • Do I want more from them or from the situation than they are            willing to give?
  • What do I need to do to ensure that potential conflicts do not            escalate?
Participants will learn how to

1. Identify active listening techniques and specific methods for
    de-escalating challenging consumer situations.
2. Display physical grounding techniques; body posturing, safety stance...
3. Use conflict resolution strategies and compare "I" messages versus          "You" messages in problem solving.

About the Trainer

Joel Levine has been an educator and clinician for the last twenty years completing his Masters in Social Work at Fordham University with a Specialization of Substance Use Disorders. He completed a two year post graduate training program in Family Therapy from the Multicultural Family Institute in New Jersey and has studied with William Miller, PhD and Theresa Moyers, PhD at the University of New Mexico as part of a year-long study implementing Motivational Interviewing techniques. He is licensed as a Family Therapist, Clinical Social Worker, Professional Counselor, and a Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Joel is certified as an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, a NASW Approved Supervisor, and an International Clinical Supervisor. Joel is a passionate for advocate for social justice for families and their communities.

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey's Career Connection Employment Resource Institute expands employment opportunities for persons with mental illness by creating system change through the promotion of best practices. We offer training for providers, consumers, family members and employers as well as technical assistance for mental health providers. We also collaborate with other community organizations.


This program is funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.


If you have any questions please contact

Ruth Kaluski at 973-571-4100, ext. 136 or rkaluski@mhanj.org