Intermediate & Advanced Motivational Interviewing

Training Description

How can we help our clients make positive changes in their behavior -- without nagging, shaming, persuading, or arguing? Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based counseling approach that can help individuals change behaviors they might feel ambivalent about, such as exercising, changing their diet, quitting or reducing alcohol/drugs, adopting safer sex practices, taking important medications, engaging in behavioral activation, or starting psychotherapy. In this 6-hour intermediate-level training, participants will build upon their existing MI skills through interactive and experiential learning activities. We will focus on topics that may impact the Veterans we serve, including motivation to seek help for mental health, addressing PTSD, addressing substance use concerns, and management of chronic pain and health conditions. 

Participants will have the chance to:

•  Review the MI spirit, processes, and principles

•  Hone their use of MI micro-skills (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, summaries) to evoke change talk

•  Practice responding effectively to sustain talk and discord within the helping relationship

•  Give advice and information in a motivating way

Training participants will have the opportunity to learn in various ways, including lectures, demonstrations, discussions, experiential learning activities, and role plays designed to give them a richer understanding of the use of motivational interviewing in therapeutic and healthcare settings.

Length of Training
6 Hours
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Objectives of Training
Distinguish between change talk and sustain talk in real-time conversations.
Explain the fundamental spirit and guiding principles of MI.
Demonstrate two ways to evoke change talk.
Demonstrate use of MI-consistent complex reflections.
Describe how MI can be used to respond to sustain talk and discord.
Explain an MI-consistent style for offering advice or information.
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