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Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: ONLINE LIVE STREAM EVENT

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Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: ONLINE LIVE STREAM EVENT
October 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2021 , 1:15-4:30pm ET
4-part workshop, 3.25 hours per session

Workshop Description

Motivational Interviewing (MI), developed by clinical psychologists William Miller and Stephen Rollnick, is a directive, client-centered approach used to strengthen clients’ motivation for positive behaviour change by exploring and resolving feelings of ambivalence.  MI is used hand-in-hand with the “Stages of Change” model (also known as the Transtheoretical Model), and different motivational interviewing techniques are recommended depending on the client’s stage of readiness for change.

Motivational Interviewing was first developed for work with problem drinkers, after findings indicated that the traditional methods of aggressive confrontation and/or direct persuasion with this population actually served to increase client resistance and reduce the probability of change.  Research has since shown that the MI approach is effective in activating positive behaviour change for a wide range of concerns including (but not limited to) substance abuse, mental health problems, unhealthy relationships, diabetes management, smoking cessation, weight loss, unemployment and health care improvement.

This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the fundamental principles and techniques of motivational interviewing.  Through discussions, demonstrations, and small and large group exercises, participants will also have an opportunity for hands-on practice and skill-building.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the basic concepts of Motivational Interviewing, including its spirit and essential strategies
  • Describe the “Stages of Change” model and explain the relationship between motivational interventions and stages of change
  • Assess clients’ readiness for change
  • Implement Motivational Interviewing strategies to explore and resolve clients' feelings of ambivalence or resistance to change including:
    • 8 different strategies for responding to resistance
  • Identify and facilitate “change talk” in their clients including:
    • 9 different strategies for eliciting “change talk”
  • Strengthen empathic counselling skills (described by the OARS acronym)
  • Practice applying MI to address difficult situations

Who Should Attend?

Any helping professional or health-care professional who encounters clients that seem unmotivated or ambivalent about changing unhealthy behaviours.  This introductory workshop will teach new skills to help facilitate positive behaviour change in these clients in particular.

You will receive:

  • Login details and instructions emailed in advance of the workshop
  • Downloadable handouts
  • Certificate of attendance upon successful completion of a brief online quiz (if desired)
  • Access to a recording of the workshop for a limited period of time after the workshop - so if you can’t join live, or need to miss part of the live workshop and want to view it afterwards, we’ve got you covered!       

About the Presenter

Angela Rolleman, MSW, RSW, is a social worker, speaker and trainer with additional training and expertise in addiction counselling.  She has over 20 years of experience working in social service settings including child welfare, employment counselling, crisis counselling, health care (Family Health Team), outpatient addiction treatment, and residential addiction treatment. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work, an undergraduate degree in Psychology, and a Diploma in Addiction Counselling.

Currently Angela has her own business providing on-site training workshops for organizations as well as personal development workshops for individuals; she is an instructor for the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Social Work Professional Development Program; and she is the Director of Mission: Empowerment!, a company that provides personal and professional development seminars and events. Angela has been a speaker at several conferences and has delivered over 100 workshops on topics including addiction, Motivational Interviewing, self-esteem, overcoming limiting beliefs and Positive Psychology.

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