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Conversations about Change: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

This online training will provide you with the most-up-do-date information about Motivational Interviewing and how you can help clients make positive and lasting changes in their lives.

Key Program Information
Next Session Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Schedule March 10, 2021 – April 7, 2021

This class begins online March 10, 2021. Participants will join three live sessions:

  • 3/17/21 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • 3/24/21 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • 4/7/21 9:00 - 11:00 am

In addition to these three live interactive sessions, participants will complete 1 - 3 hours of independent work.

Later Date June 2-30, 2021
Delivery Format Online

How can Motivational Interviewing help you help patients with "hard to change" attitudes and behaviors? Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a well-established evidence-based approach to promoting positive behavior change. Shown to be effective across a variety of problem behaviors and populations, MI has become a highly popular and sought-after approach by professionals working in diverse practice settings such as behavioral health, medicine, corrections, and schools. Why would I want to learn Motivational Interviewing? Not only is MI the most effective way for you to assist patients to change, it can also reduce frustration and stress.

While you learn to maximize your skills in helping people to change their behaviors, you will also learn to minimize situations that get you into power struggles with your patients. This virtual training will introduce concepts and foundational skills involved in using Motivational Interviewing (MI). Participants will experience the course content through short lecture, video, and real-play. You will leave with a clearer sense of what MI will do for you and your clients.

Learning Objectives:

 • Learn the definition of MI and explore and discuss the benefits of learning MI

• Become acquainted with relevant evidence of MI effectiveness in your practice settings

• Explain the 4 processes in Motivational Interviewing

• Define ambivalence through recognizing “Change Talk” and “Sustain Talk”

• Practice ways to effectively elicit “Change Talk”

• Recognize and describe the “MI Spirit”

• Observe and practice key listening skills, including reflections and giving advice/information

• Recognize when to use the skills of affirmations, open-ended questions, and summaries

• Learn ways to continue integration and personalization of MI into your work

counselor listening to a person

Who Should Attend

Counselors, Social Workers, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians and other professionals that want to effectively change problem behaviors with their patients

Instructors

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.

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