Rick Kent is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since September 2016. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with New York State, and has 12 years of experience in the mental health field. He has served as a social worker at Central New York Psychiatric Center’s satellite unit at Attica Correctional Facility and provided primary therapy to inmates in the Intermediate Care Program. He also served as the program manager for a transitional residence on the campus of the Rochester Psychiatric Center (RPC).
Currently, he is serving as Social Work Supervisor and supervises the clinical practice of approximately 25 outpatient, mobile crisis, and family care social workers in RPC’s Community Services Unit. Rick previously taught online courses for Empire State College, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Roberts Wesleyan College. Most recently he has begun teaching and coaching Motivational Interviewing skills to groups and individuals.
January 2016 saw David and Ms. Cheryl Martin traveling to NYC to partner with CCSI and CUNY faculty in the area of SBIRT and MI. It is exciting to widen our experience and knowledge base in the areas of Nursing and Health and Human Services education. CUNY faculty will educate students about “Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment” as they develop their knowledge and begin clinical experience. Motivational Interviewing will also be taught and practiced with this evidence based model. It is an honor and pleasure to partner with both of these fine organizations.
The Varalli Group is pleased to partner and collaborate with a fellow MINTIE in upcoming and ongoing training.
Cheryl Martin – Trainer Biography
Cheryl Martin has a BSN in Nursing, an MA in Psychology and nearly 45 years of experience as an RN working in the areas of: gynecology, post-surgical unit, operating room, home care and hospital pharmacy. In addition, Cheryl is a member of Motivational Interviewing Network Trainers (MINT), a Motivational Interviewing Assessment Supervisory Tools for Enhancing Proficiency (MIA: STEP) trainer for the NIDA Blending Initiative, a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor and also holds a Trauma Certificate from the University of Buffalo. She has developed curriculum and delivered training on a variety of topics including: Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Planning, trauma and co-occurring disorders.