Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a well-established, evidence-based, efficient method for promoting positive behavioral change. MI works across settings, populations and problems and is particularly useful when “front-loaded” into services. Yet like any complex skill such as learning a musical instrument, bowling or ballroom dancing, MI requires more than one-shot training to demonstrate competency in the method.

This course provides an initial introduction to the research, theoretical and practice bases of the method and features experiential exercises, small group work, structured discussion, demonstration with coding and small group practice.

Who Should Attend

Service professionals, counselors, youth workers, social workers, human service supervisors and others who assess and provide counsel to clients.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Identify MI as an evidence-based method.
  • Learn the basic practice elements of the method and contrast it with other methods.
  • Gain initial experience and practice.
  • Consider ways to integrate MI into your current practice and develop a plan for learning more.

Course Outline/Topics

  • Welcome, introduction, goals and limitations of the workshop
  • What is MI and overview to the base of evidence
  • Introduction to MI spirit and skills (OARS) with emphasis on reflective listening
  • Continue MI skills, demonstration with coding
  • What is change talk: recognizing, eliciting, responding
  • What is sustain talk: rolling with resistance
  • Check out and evaluation
  • Lunch (30/60mins)
  • Review highlights for first half
  • Continue OARS skills practice
  • Introduction to MI tool kit
  • Continue MI practice
  • Strategize MI integration into practice; identify methods and formats for continuing learning
  • Check out and evaluation

Dates and locations to be announced.


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