John Brelsford, PhD

John Brelsford holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts. He has worked in the field of community mental health services for over 30 years where he held positions as a psychotherapist, house manager, direct care staff, clinical consultant and, for over 24 years, was Director of the Community Reentry Program (CRP) of the Center for Human Development. In this position John was responsible for oversight of the clinical, administrative and supervisory functioning of a program that served 250+ individuals who experienced serious psychiatric and substance abuse disorders and 100+ staff. John was trained as a trainer in Motivational Interviewing in 2008 and has provided MI training to a range of audiences including staff of inpatient psychiatric units, community based service providers for adults with serious psychiatric disorders, providers of services to children with serious emotional disturbances, and peer service providers. He is a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network Trainers) and is a partner in Collaborative Consultation and Training, which provides training, coaching and consultation in Motivational Interviewing.

  • “John was an amazing facilitator and created an atmosphere which truly promoted a safe place where learning came naturally! I loved every moment of it and the amount of time spent practicing completely made the training worthwhile!”

  • “John made it feel like a very comfortable space to learn/practice. This is probably the most comfortable I've felt at a training in a long time.”

  • “John was amazing. So knowledgeable and engaging. He kept things moving but took the time to make sure everyone feel seen and heard. I want to hire him to be life coach!”

  • “John is an engaging educator and skilled in Motivational Interviewing. He made all three days of the training an ideal pace for learning and fun. He was responsive to the questions of participants and encouraged feedback. I would highly recommend this training with John to colleagues.”

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