November 10, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Virtual Event
CASAT Learning

Effective relating starts with the ability to listen, understand, and respond non-judgmentally to another person. Helping a client to connect their feelings with thoughts, and then with action is important for change. However, the most effective helping professionals are those who respect and trust that the client has the innate ability to find the best answers for themselves (with support and some guidance from the helping professional).

Helping professionals have much to offer, and much to learn from the relating that they do with clients. Motivational Interviewing is one technique that can be used to accomplish this objective. The goals of this training are to: 1) Teach professionals the skills necessary to provide clients the opportunity to change behaviors without eliciting defense mechanisms, and 2) Explore and identify myths, biases, and ethical considerations specific to the aging population.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this training, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to develop rapport with clients.
  • Determine self-issues that could interfere with being a helping professional.
  • Explore myths about the aging population and biases that develop as a result.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of empathic relating skills.
  • Understand the difference between interrogation, interviewing, and Motivational Interviewing.
  • Understand and be able to utilize appropriate interventions with clients who are in a state of ambivalence.
  • Understand the impact that the helping professional’s individual beliefs and values can have on a client.
  • Demonstrate Motivational Interviewing skills that accurately reflect the needs of client, based upon stage of change.

Presented by: Adrienne Sutherland Renwick, MA, LCPC, LCADC

Raised in a military family with opportunities to travel the world, Renwick found these experiences fostering in her great respect and curiosity for diversity and people in general. Renwick says, “I recognize that every individual has varying experiences and needs and, as such, I customize my therapeutic approach to be unique for each.”

With a Master of Arts in Counseling and Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno focused on school, community mental health counseling, and substance abuse treatment and prevention.

Currently, Renwick is a student at Oregon State University and is enrolled in a Ph.D. of Counseling program.  In addition to practicing as a licensed therapist, Renwick is a Licensed Supervisor for both the Board of Examiners for Drug, Alcohol and Gambling Counselors; and the Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors in Nevada. Her research interests include; law pertaining to domestic violence, children, and the influence of media on society.

Continuing Education Units:
This training is approved for 6 CEUs by the following professional organizations:


  • National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)*
  • International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)

*CASAT has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6492. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CASAT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


  • Nevada Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug, & Gambling Counselors
  • Nevada State Board of Nursing
  • Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors
  • State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers

Presentation materials are not for reproduction or distribution without specific written authorization. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in our courses are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of CASAT.

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