Motivational Interviewing and SBIRT to Address Substance Misuse


Live webinar was held Thursday, May 26, 2016 (1:30-2:45 US East Time Zone)

Additional resources available at the bottom of the page


This training program is intended for staff and students from many levels, disciplines, and settings (both facility and community-based), including staff involved in providing long term care (e.g., nursing staff and administrators), as well as behavioral health staff who work with older adults.

Additionally, staff from Adult Protective Services, home health, adult day healthcare, respite care, area agencies on aging, Emergency Department staff of acute care hospitals, hospital discharge planners, and others serving older adults could benefit from the training.


Staff participating in this webinar will be better trained to recognize and respond to geriatric mental/behavioral health issues before costly inpatient treatment becomes necessary, or anyone has been placed at risk of injury. For those situations necessitating inpatient treatment, trained staff in the facility and community will be better prepared to work together to facilitate psychiatric hospitalization with minimal distress to the older adult and those family members and professions involved in his/her care.


During this workshop participants:

1. Became acquainted with the concept of and need for Substance Abuse Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).

2. Learned the rationale behind the need for SBIRT

3. Learned the major components of SBIRT.

4. Learned methods of screening, intervention, and referral.

5. Learned the spirit and rationale of Motivational Interviewing (MI).

6. Learned the essential skills of MI, including Open Ended Questions, Affirmations, Reflections, and Summaries.

7. Learned the basic processes of implementing the MI Skills


Certificates of attendance will be issued one week after the webinar and upon completion of the exit survey.




Kerry Mellette, MSW


Kerry Mellette, MSW, Former Manager, Substance Abuse and Prevention, Riverside Health System, current Director of Advancement, Riverside Foundation

Kerry Mellette is currently the Director of Advancement for Riverside Health Foundation. Prior to that she served as Manager of Substance Abuse Prevention and Education for Riverside Health System and SBIRT Project manager for Riverside’s Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health. She has had a 30 year career as a non–profit Director including 13 years as President of the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation and 7 years as Director of the United Way of greater Williamsburg. She has also served as an adjunct professor of Social Work Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has a Masters in Social Work from Catholic University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Syracuse University.


Charles Gressard, PhD


Charles (Rick) Gressard, PhD, Professor, School of Education Counseling Program, The College of William & Mary

Charles F. Gressard is a Chancellor Professor in the Counseling Program at the College of William & Mary and is Coordinator of the Addictions emphasis for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty. He has over 40 years of experience as a counselor and as a counselor educator.

Before returning to school for his Ph.D. at the University or Iowa, Dr. Gressard worked as a substance abuse counselor for five years after receiving his Master’s degree from Kent State University. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Gressard taught for seven years in the counseling program at the University of Virginia. For five years he was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the UVA School of Medicine. In 1993, Dr. Gressard came to William and Mary where he has coordinated the Master’s in Addiction Counseling program for twenty-three years and where he created the New Leaf Addiction Clinic.

He has served as Chair of the Virginia Board of Counseling, Chair of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Vice-Chair of Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and was Chair of the Virginia Department of Health Professions’ Impaired Professionals Committee. His licenses and certifications include the Licensed Professional Counselor, the Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Professional (both in Virginia), the National Certified Counselor, and the NBCC Master Addiction Counselor certification. In 2007 he received the Virginia Summer Institute for Addiction Studies’ Visionary Leadership Award.


E. Ayn Welleford, MSG, PhD, AGHEF


Dr. E. Ayn Welleford, MSG, PhD, AGHEF, BA in Management/Psychology from Averett College, MS in Gerontology and PhD in Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Welleford has taught extensively in the areas of Lifespan Development, and Adult Development and Aging, Geropsychology, and Aging & Human Values. As an educator, researcher, and previously as a practitioner she has worked with a broad spectrum of individuals across the caregiving and long term care continuum.

As Associate Professor and Chair of VCU’s Department of Gerontology, she currently works to “Improve Elder Care through Education” through her Teaching, Scholarship, and Community Engagement. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Welleford provides community education and serves on several boards and committees. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Governor’s Commonwealth of Virginia Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Commission. Dr. Welleford is the proud recipient of the 2008 AGHE Distinguished Teacher Award.


Webinar Recording*

2016-05-26 Motivational Interviewing and SBIRT to Address Substance Misuse


*The 15 minute Motivational Interview role-playing clip shown in the webinar can be viewed below or at:

PowerPoint Presentation


Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT).

Drug Abuse Screening Test -10 (DAST).