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Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing was developed with the understanding that the helping professional’s style of engagement was in large part responsible for eliciting either positive or negative client outcomes.  MI incorporates techniques and strategies that increase the probability of positive change.  It is a directive, client-centered approach designed to elicit and sustain healthy behavioral change by assisting individuals in exploring and resolving ambivalence.  It is especially useful for clients who are less motivated to change.  MI is an empirically supported practice for a wide variety of clients and issues that originated in the drug and alcohol field, however, there are now more than 200 clinical trials offering support for use in a wide range of populations and for a wide variety of target behaviors, to include medication compliance, diet and exercise, gambling, smoking cessation, HIV risky behaviors, treatment engagement, etc.

This workshop will provide participants with a strong understanding of the Spirit of MI and a core foundation of the basic skills.  It is appropriate for all helping professionals who are working with people to make and sustain healthy behavioral changes: physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors, health educators, dieticians, etc.  This workshop is appropriate for those with a minimal or a basic understanding of MI.

Participants will

  • Become familiar with some of the empirical support for MI.
  • Understand and demonstrate the spirit of MI.
  • Become familiar with the general Principles of MI.
  • Gain tools to develop and enhance one’s own therapeutic style.
  • Have increased confidence in the use of MI and eliciting intrinsic motivation for healthy behavioral change.
  • Become familiar through practice and feedback with the core skills of MI: using open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, summarizing, and identifying and eliciting change talk.

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