Through intensive trainings and community webinars, Illume brings information about evidence-based practices to you from regional experts and internationally-recognized behavioral health leaders.

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Upcoming Community Training

Motivational Interviewing Training

Join Illume: The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence on Wednesday, April 12th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Central) in person at Places for People. 

Behavioral health professionals may apply for 6 CEUs.


Motivational Interviewing is a well-established Evidence Based Practice for helping individuals explore ambivalence and work toward positive change. Motivational Interviewing is a therapeutic approach that has been demonstrated to be effective to support a diverse clientele in addressing a wide variety of change concerns. This training will give you a framework for understanding an individual’s motivation and resolve ambivalence by enabling people to recognize their own patterns, own their personal outcomes and understand the means by which they will achieve those goals. Clinicians and behavioral health staff utilize motivational interviewing to attend to clients and staff needs in a person-centered way.

This training is presented by Julie Blanco, LCSW, CRAADC. She has dedicated 33 years of her career to supporting individuals living with mental illness and substance use concerns, including 11 years as Integrated Treatment Program Manager (first at Community Alternatives, then at Places for People following the two organizations’ merger). Julie is certified as a Trainer for TREM, is Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) member, a Certified Trainer of CRA, among other licensure and certifications. Additionally, Julie has been an adjunct professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis since Spring 2020.

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More Upcoming Trainings

Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Training
April 6th, 2023 | Presented by Caren Franke
Registration is full for this event.

Motivational Interviewing
April 12th, 2023 | Presented by Julie Blanco
Register in advance for this event here.

Prolonged Exposure: Helping Clients Recover from PTSD
April 27th, 2023 | Presented by Emily Dreher
Register in advance for this event here.

Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness
May 11th, 2023 | Presented by Caren Franke
Register in advance for this event here.

Illness Management and Recovery (IMR)
May 12th, 2023 | Presented by Pallavi Nishith, Ph.D.
Register in advance for this event here.

De-Escalation Workshop
May 18th, 2023 | Presented by Caren Franke
Register in advance for this event here.

Motivational Interviewing
June 14th, 2023 | Presented by Julie Blanco
Register in advance for this event here.

Social Work Ethics Training
June 28th, 2023 | Presented by Allison Murphy
Register in advance for this event here.

Training Opportunities

Julie Blanco, Illume Director of Training and Technical Assistance

Call 314-615-9105 / Ext. 239

The Center of Excellence’s key personnel and “faculty” have extensive expertise in a wide range of behavioral health Evidence Based Practices training content and implementation experience that can be shared with providers, agencies, and system leaders throughout behavioral health systems. Our experts are available to speak about Evidence Based Practices, best practices, and promising practices, in a variety of areas. Our goals in these engagements are to share knowledge, raise awareness, decrease stigma, and promote compassion.