Motivational Interviewing Conference

Inspire your clients’ or patients’ confidence, commitment and motivation to change. Join the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) of Wisconsin for a dynamic and fulfilling day of sharing Motivational Interviewing (MI).

Key Program Information
Categories Continuing Education | Human Services | Professional and Workforce Development | Health Care
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face

Who Should Attend

Counselors, psychologists, physicians, nurses, specialty addiction treatment providers, social workers, physical therapists, health educators, health care workers who work with patients to try and change behavior.

UWEC Motivational Interview Conference

Program Description

Inspire your clients’ or patients’ confidence, commitment and motivation to change.

Join the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) of Wisconsin for a dynamic and fulfilling day of sharing Motivational Interviewing (MI).  MI is best defined as a way of being with a client, not just a set of counseling techniques.  The MINT presenters are a diverse group of passionate instructors and practitioners who bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge in using MI.

All sessions will be led by experienced members of the MI network of trainers. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned expert, this conference is for you if you want to:

  • Learn the key concepts of MI.
  • Expand your knowledge of MI’s principles and how to apply them.
  • Gain advanced skills in MI practice and implementation.
  • Network and share experiences with other professionals using MI in practice.
  • Implement MI throughout your agency, client services or employee training/coaching.

Time for you to reflect, share and plan for implementation will be incorporated throughout the day.

Lodging Information

A block of rooms has been reserved for our group at The Wilderness Glacier Canyon Lodge. Reserve your room by April 6, 2019. Rooms will be charged at the rate of $82 per night. Reserve your room by calling 1-800-867-9453 and state that you are with the UW Eau Claire Motivational Interviewing Conference #731348.

2019 Conference Schedule

Monday, May 6 | Pre-Conference — SOLD OUT

9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

This full-day workshop introduces MI’s core essence for those with limited or no MI experience. You will learn key concepts (OARS, The Four Processes, Change Talk), gain some exposure to and practice MI strategies, and experience the Spirit of MI. This workshop is designed to provide enough information for professionals to determine if MI would be useful in their work, leaving participants with the option to choose to invest time and effort into learning MI in its entirety

Tuesday, May 7 | Conference

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Registration | 8:00-8:30 a.m.
Welcome | 8:30-8:45 a.m.
Keynote: David Rosengren | 8:45-10:00 a.m.
Break | 10:00-10:15 a.m.

Morning Session | 10:15-11:45 a.m.

Managing Discord
Cherise Nielsen
Have you ever been frustrated with that client who pushes every one of your buttons? The one who makes every conversation about how it's your fault they are in your office? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then Managing Discord is for you! We will learn how to work with these clients in a MI adherent way!! This session is appropriate for all skill levels.

Advancing your Evoking Competencies: Recognizing Change Talk (session 1)
Scott Caldwell and Susan Cushman 
The Evoking process is the heart of MI. During this process, a person’s motivation for change is explored and developed. Underscoring effective Evoking are specific concepts, perspectives, and skills (competencies). This 3-session series is designed for advanced MI practitioners to build Evoking competencies through discussion, experiential activities, and practice regarding the three main tasks of Evoking: recognizing (session 1), eliciting (session 2), and responding (session 3) to change talk. Participants are encouraged to join all three, but may opt to join one or two sessions.

MI in Health Care: Asking Meaningful Questions
Mia Croyle and Melody Cole
Motivational Interviewing involves the intentional and strategic use (Miller & Moyers 2017) of OARS to strengthen motivation for change. In health care, clinicians often follow lengthy assessment forms to gather information from patients. This approach leads to the question and answer trap and has the potential to cause a disconnect with the individuals we serve. This breakout session will focus on asking meaningful questions with intention to guide the conversation and increase patients’ motivation for behavior change. This session is appropriate for all skill levels.

Reflective Supervision
Shawn Smith
The skills needed to achieve the effect and efficiency of Reflective Supervision are found in Motivational Interviewing. Come and experientially explore how to guide the growth of teams through the use of empathetic listening, use of the OARS (Open-Ended Questions, Affirmations, and Summaries) and a guiding style. This session is appropriate for all skill levels.

Unconditional Positive Regard: What is it, Why does it Matter, and How do you do it?
Ernie Marshall and Leslie Barfknecht
An in-depth experience of the Spirit of MI with discussion to further understand its importance in a therapeutic relationship. Through this session, you will explore strategies on how to apply this in your work and life. This session is appropriate for all skill levels.

Lunch | 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Early Afternoon Session | 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Self-Assessment of your Practice
Laura Saunders, Jenny Rodefeld, Kay Eibl
Are you wondering how to continue your MI development after the training? Are you in a situation where you are having to self-lead your learning without a lot of other available resources for support? Come to this 2-part workshop to learn about how to self-assessment, set individual goals, and utilize available resources to continue your MI journey. This session is appropriate for all skill levels.

Advancing your Evoking Competencies: Eliciting Change Talk (session 2)
Scott Caldwell and Susan Cushman 
The Evoking process is the heart of MI. During this process, a person’s motivation for change is explored and developed. Underscoring effective Evoking are specific concepts, perspectives, and skills (competencies). This session is designed for advanced MI practitioners to build competencies regarding eliciting change talk. We will accomplish this through discussion, experiential activities, and practice.

Finding the Sweet Spot: Affirmations accentuate the positive and work to acknowledge an individual’s strengths and efforts. 
Kim Schoen and Celeste Hunter
When used correctly, affirmations are a powerful way to increase engagement and self- confidence. Overuse or under-use of affirmations have the potential to disengage or cause discord. Use of strategic affirmations is also correlated with lower practitioner burn-out and positive perceptions of client capabilities. In this interactive workshop participants will find the sweet spot with affirmations and learn to express genuine positive regard for the individuals they work with.

Healing Focused Communication
Shawn Smith
In this session we will experientially explore the integration of Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Informed Care. Leverage your skill in MI as a trauma-informed style of communication that creates an atmosphere of safety and trust. Learn how we, as individual service artists, can communicate in ways that heal, guide, and exhibit deep respect for the internal wisdom of those we serve. This session is appropriate for all skill levels.

Advancing your MI Skills with David Rosengren
David Rosengren
Join Motivational Interviewing expert David Rosengren as you hone and advance your MI skills. This session is for advanced MI practitioners.

Break | 2:05-2:15 p.m.

Late Afternoon Session | 2:15-3:45 p.m.

Reflective Listening
Mia Croyle and Ted Izydor
Reflective listening is a central skill in Motivational interviewing. Reflective listening appears deceptively easy, but it takes hard work and skill to do well. A large component of reflective listening is learning to think reflectively. This way of thinking that accompanies good reflective listening includes interest in what the person has to say and respect for the person's inner wisdom. For many of us, listening with intent to understand represents a significant paradigm shift. In this hands-on session we will work on further developing our reflective listening capacity through exploration of both the technique and art of this powerful process. This workshop will assume a basic understanding of reflective listening and is appropriate for all skill levels.

Advancing your Evoking Competencies: Responding to Change Talk (session 3)
Scott Caldwell and Susan Cushman
The Evoking process is the heart of MI. During this process, a person’s motivation for change is explored and developed. Underscoring effective Evoking are specific concepts, perspectives, and skills (competencies). This session is designed for advanced MI practitioners to build competencies regarding responding to change talk. We will accomplish this through discussion, experiential activities, and practice.

Self-Assessment Resource Roundup
Laura Saunders, Jenny Rodefeld and Kay Eibl
Are you wondering how to continue your MI development after the training? Are you in a situation where you are having to self-lead your learning without a lot of other available resources for support? Come to this 2-part workshop to learn about how to self-assessment, set individual goals, and utilize available resources to continue your MI journey. This session is appropriate for all skill levels.

Confidence: A deeper dive into building your client’s confidence in their behavior change plan.
Vonda Benson and Melody Cole
Importance and Confidence must be present for lasting behavior change. This session explores a deeper dive into HOW to build your client’s confidence in their own behavior change plan. A greater understanding into the importance of Confidence awaits you. This session is appropriate for all skill levels.

MI in Schools
Susan Kaye
Explore the use of Motivational Interviewing in schools. This will be a skill-focused breakout session for school based professionals to better engage adolescent youth in behavior change. If you are a beginner to MI or have some experience, this session will strengthen your effectiveness with students and parents. In the school setting where everyone expects you to "fix" the problem, this session will help you to feel better about your work, lighten some of the burden of this expectation and most importantly, help you to help youth create and own their own solutions! This session is appropriate for all skill levels.

Break — 3:45-4:00 p.m.
Closing — 4:00-4:30 p.m. 

Instructors

David B. Rosengren, Ph.D., President & CEO, Prevention Research Institute, PRI; Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) Member, International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) Member

David Rosengren, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with a broad background in treatment, research, training and administration. He is President & CEO of Prevention Research Institute (PRI; a private, nonprofit in Lexington, KY). Previously, he was a research scientist and consultant at the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, practicing psychologist in a variety of clinical settings, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) consultant and trainer. In addition to Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook, Dr. Rosengren has written journal articles and book chapters on addictions, MI, the change process, treatment and prevention. His most recent focus is on the role positive psychology can play in building resilience, as well as enhancing intervention and treatment effects, and cognitive processes in learning. His research focus is on implementation of evidence-based practices across systems.

Leslie Barfknecht, LCSW, is a Certified Trainer for the International Center of Clinical Excellence (ICCE) and Co-Founder of Change Partnership, LLC, an agency that promotes the implementation and application of evidence based interventions in service settings. She currently supervises treatment delivery for high risk sexual offenders at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center.

Vonda Benson is a Trainer, Ordained Minister and a Pilot, pursuing her ratings to become a Certified Flight Instructor. She previously worked for WI DOC as an MI Implementation and Fidelity Specialist where she had been instrumental in the implementation of MI and managed the MI Project within all three DOC divisions.

Scott Caldwell is a licensed substance abuse counselor and prevention specialist with 25 years in the behavioral health field as a clinician, program coordinator, trainer, and consultant. At the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, he leads the MI Training and Implementation Project.

Melody Cole has 30 years’ experience working in Healthcare, focusing on Population Health Management and Chronic Disease. She currently trains Motivational Interviewing to a variety of healthcare professionals at UW Health.

Mia Croyle, M.A., is an experienced mental health counselor who specializes in behavior change. She is currently a Behavioral Health Project Specialist at MetaStar, Inc.

Susan Cushman, MPH, CHES, is the Campus Alcohol and Other Drug Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She practices MI and trains others to use it as part of facilitating brief screening and interventions with college students.

Kay Eibl, M.A., LPC is a licensed professional counselor who has counseled individuals with disabilities and mental health concerns in both private and public settings over the last 9 years. Currently, she works as a Disability Specialist at Waukesha County Technical College, where she supports students with disabilities in reaching their academic goals. Kay is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and she is passionate about helping all types of professionals become the best listeners that they can be.

Ted Izydor, MS, MBA, LPC, CSAC, ICS has been a licensed mental health, addiction counselor and independent clinical supervisor for over 20 years. He is founder of Full Potential Coaching and Consulting in Madison, Wisconsin and specializes in working with people struggling with opioid addiction on medication assisted treatment.

Celeste Hunter, Ph.D., CRC earned her doctorate in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she specialized in psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness-disability, neuropsychology, and clinical competency. Her research and trainings focus on improving practitioners’ Motivational Competency when faced with clients perceived as unmotivated or resistant. Celeste currently is a resident psychologist and educational developer for Caravel Autism Health.

Susan Kaye, LAPSW, uses an engaging style and brings depth of knowledge, real world understanding of direct practice issues within school systems, and the applicability of MI in schools. She is a practicing School Social Worker in Madison since 1993 primarily with middle and high school. Her trainings are tailored to teachers and student services professionals.

Ernie Marshall, LCSW, has focused his career on resistant populations such as criminal justice, substance abuse, sexual offenders and multiply diagnosed individuals. He currently supervises treatment delivery for high risk sexual offenders at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center and is Co-Founder of Change Partnership, LLC, an agency that promotes the implementation and application of evidence based interventions in service settings.

Cherise Nielsen recently retired after 25 years with the Department of Corrections where she trained MI and was part of the statewide MI Sustainability team. Her future plans include a consulting business training MI and facilitating domestic violence groups.

Jenny Rodefeld, MSW, LCSW has over 20 years’ experience working in innovative long term care/health care models to support people with disabilities and frail elders. She is currently Senior Manager of Learning and Organizational Development for Care Wisconsin. In her role, she champions Care Wisconsin’s Motivational Interviewing program (which includes training, coding, and peer learning), co-leads the Equity and Inclusion Change Team, and oversees the organization’s training and educational efforts.

Laura A. Saunders, MSSW is with the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Great Lakes Addiction, Mental Health and Prevention Technology Transfer Center and President of her independent MI training consultancy. For nearly three decades, she has provided MI training, coding and coaching for professionals who work in the fields of medicine, social work, mental health, education and corrections.

Shawn Smith is the Co-Founder of the Alma Institute, a human services professional development organization dedicated to advancing the training and implementation of trauma-informed practices to fidelity. He has over 20 years of direct service and management experience in human services. Shawn regularly shares MI, Trauma Awareness, Wellness for Teams, Cultural Reverence, and Reflective Supervision locally and nationally.

Partner

Wisconsin Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers

This program is hosted in partnership with the Wisconsin Chapter of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers or MINT, a membership organization committed to promoting high‐quality Motivational Interviewing training and practice. Wisconsin MINT members serve on the conference planning committee and develop and present much of the conference content.

*Listing of partners does not represent endorsement by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/Extension.

Sponsor

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