Denver CO USA; Introductory

Noeticus Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Program™ (NACCTP)

Motivational Interviewing:
Guiding Therapeutic Change with a Client-Centered Approach to Transforming Ambivalence

“Digging for Treasure – Together”

Training Description:

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered collaborative style of conversation designed to strengthen a person's motivation for and commitment to change. MI is counselor-directed in that the counselor is skilled at managing ambivalence, eliciting change-talk, and honoring the client's autonomy about taking the next step toward a commonly agreed-upon goal (Miller & Rollnick, 2010). Over 200 studies to date have demonstrated the effectiveness of the model at increasing client engagement, retention, compliance, and improving treatment outcomes. The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) has identified MI as a best practice within the addiction treatment field. The CAC Clinical Training Program offered through the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is committed to a process of integrating the Motivational Interviewing style, spirit, and strategies into all levels of training and to support clinical supervision of motivational interviewing as a counseling style.

Prerequisite(s): (NOTE: Please disregard if you are not seeking a CAC/LAC credential in Colorado)

- Pathway 1: Addiction Counseling Skills
- Pathway 2: None (NOTE: Pathway 2 is for those who have or will have a clinical graduate degree)

Training Objectives:

Participants in this Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) Approved training learn: 1) a working definition of MI and the roots and principles of MI; 2) the core concepts in MI; 3) the ability to use OARS in a videotape session; 4) the traps to avoid; 5) how to increase MI-consistent interventions and decrease MI inconsistent ones; 6) the stages of change and ways to identify readiness for change; 7) how to recognize, elicit, and reinforce various stages of change; 8) how to develop an action plan; 9) how to recognize, elicit, and reinforce change talk; and 10) ways to integrate MI skills to empower inter-professional communication.

NOTE: This training is approved by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) for CAC/LAC credentialing with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). The training can also be taken independently of pursuing CAC/LAC credentialing as well as for general CE/CPD contact hours.  

Training Instructor:

Ryan Kennedy, PsyD, LAC, LMFT, LPC, RN, ACS, is the Training Director for the Noeticus Center for Professional Development™ (NCPD) and an approved Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) Addiction Counselor Trainer. Additionally, Dr. Kennedy is a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Registered Nurse (RN), Certified Addiction Counselor, Level III (CACIII), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). He has been a psychotherapist since 1993 and a counselor educator and clinical supervisor since 1996, serving as core faculty at Naropa University in the Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology and as adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado Denver, Regis University, Prescott College, and Front Range Community College. Dr. Kennedy's clinical training is in the areas of trauma and dissociative disorders, chronic and persistent mental illness, psychiatric nursing and psychopharmacology, addictions and recovery, domestic/family violence, and living with life-threatening illnesses.

Training Text:

Participants taking this training (and all trainings offered through the Noeticus Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Programâ„¢) are encouraged to download and read the most recent edition of the Handbook for Addiction Counselors published by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) and available from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). For access to the handbook and all associated CAC and LAC related application materials, please visit the DORA website HERE

Training Information:

  • Date: August 3 through August 5, 2020 (M/T/W)
  • Time: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm All Days (Check-In at 8:30 am)
  • Where: Holiday Inn; 3333 Quebec Street, Golden Room; Denver CO 80207-2322
  • Cost: $249 General Registration
  • Discounts: 10% Group; 15% Military; 20% Student; 25% Alum
  • Contact Hours: 21.0 NAADAC/NBCC/OBH Approved Contact Hours
  • Size: Limited to 12 Participants; Please Register Early
  • Pre-Registration: Required for Attendance
  • Registration

More information:

  • Program: Noeticus Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Program™ (NACCTP)
  • Contact: Ryan Kennedy, PsyD; Training/Education Program Director
  • Email:
  • Call: 303-399-9988 x 505

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

We hope you will be able to attend your training after you register, but we also understand that life can present many complications and challenges that are sometimes unavoidable. If you register for a training and discover later that you will be unable to attend, please take a look at our Cancellation and Refund Policy to see what your options are, then let us know what you'd like to do. Here is a link to the policy:

Approved Continuing or Professional Education Provider Information:

Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute® has been approved by NAADAC as an Approved Education Provider, AEP, #151584 and NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #6704. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute® is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. All Noeticus Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Program™ (NACCTP™) classes have been approved by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) for workforce development grants. All trainers affiliated with the NACCTP have been approved by the Colorado Department of Human Services' Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) to provide such training.

Denver, Colorado, USA
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Introductory; 3-Days; OBH-Approved for CAC/LAC; NAADAC/NBCC CE Available
3 Aug 2020 - 9:00am to 5 Aug 2020 - 5:00pm
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