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2021 Alumni Reunion + CE Opportunity

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Full Engagement In Turbulent Times: Using Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma (CE-CERT) to Support Practice

Friday, November 12, 2021

DoubleTree Atlanta-Marietta / 2055 S Park Pl NW, Atlanta, GA 30339

5pm Continuing Education Presentation / 6:30pm Food, Fellowship & Networking / 7:30pm Continuing Presentation Continues /  9:00pm Alumni Reunion Concludes


Presentation Description

As professionals working in unprecedented times, effective engagement has never been more important in clinical practice. In the service of strengthening effective engagement, this workshop will integrate two approaches that strengthen motivations for change and reduce secondary traumatic stress.  First, we will review the clinical approach of Motivational Interviewing (MI). MI is an evidenced-based collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change. We will review the “spirit” of MI, important engagement strategies and supporting “change talk.” The second approach, Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma (CE-CERT), is designed support wellbeing skills & practices “in the work.”  Typically clinicians are trained on how to support wellness & self-care by disengaging from the work. In this overview, we will identify practical strategies in engagement too reduce stress, burnout and/or compassion fatigue.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jon Ebert

Dr. Jon Ebert is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive clinical and consultation expertise in the assessment and delivery of services to children and families who have experienced traumatic stress and mental health challenges. Dr. Ebert is Clinical Director of the Vanderbilt Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody (COE) which is part of a statewide network funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee to improve the public health by enhancing the quality of services provided to children in or at-risk of entering the Tennessee child welfare or juvenile justice systems.

In his work with the Vanderbilt COE, Dr. Ebert provides ongoing leadership and training for the Tennessee statewide best practice initiative in the dissemination of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (ARC), and Teen Outreach Program (TOP). He has published on the dissemination of evidence based practices and presented nationally on systems-level approaches to managing children and youth with sexual behavior problems, family reunification, trauma-informed treatment cultures, and the role of leadership in the adoption of evidence-based practices. Dr. Ebert co-teaches the Family Therapy Seminar for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic (CAPOC) as part of Vanderbilt’s APA-approved, Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship Consortium.

Learning Objectives: As a result of attending, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the “spirit” and collaborative engagement concepts in Motivational Interviewing (MI).
  • Implement Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma (CE-CERT) as protective engagement practices in clinical practice.
  • Discuss ways to integrate these MI and CE-CERT approaches to maximize engagement with children, family, and adults.

Continuing Education: 3 CE Hours Available

Target Audience: Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists, Graduate Students,

Instruction Level: Intermediate

Richmont Students: $25

Richmont Alumni, Faculty, Supervisors, & Staff (Dinner Included, No CEs): $40

Richmont Alumni, Faculty, Supervisors, & Staff (Dinner & CEs Included): $65

Guests: $75


Refund policy: In order to receive a refund, requests must be submitted prior to November 5, 2021.

For questions, please contact Martha Busby at

There is no known commercial support for this program.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Richmont Graduate University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Presentation References:

DiClemente, C. C., Corno, C. M., Graydon, M. M., Wiprovnick, A. E., & Knoblach, D. J. (2017). Motivational interviewing, enhancement, and brief interventions over the last decade: A review of reviews of efficacy and effectiveness. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31(8), 862–887.

Miller, B., & Sprang, G. (2017). A components-based practice and supervision model for reducing compassion fatigue by affecting clinician experience. Traumatology, 23(2), 153–164.

Jason M Newell, An Ecological Systems Framework for Professional Resilience in Social Work Practice, Social Work, Volume 65, Issue 1, January 2020, Pages 65–73,

Magill, M., Apodaca, T. R., Borsari, B., Gaume, J., Hoadley, A., Gordon, R. E. F., Tonigan, J. S., & Moyers, T. (2018). A meta-analysis of motivational interviewing process: Technical, relational, and conditional process models of change. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 86(2), 140–157.

Miller, W. R., & Moyers, T. B. (2017). Motivational interviewing and the clinical science of Carl Rogers. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(8), 757–766.

2021 Alumni Reunion + CE Opportunity