Training Overview: These two days of fast paced interactive learning will provide you with the foundational knowledge and skills to use Motivational Interviewing (MI) with your clients. Across a broad range of care settings, being able to successfully engage and harness clients own motivations for making important life changes are key elements for success. The most efficient way to understand the dynamics of the MI model, and to develop competency, is through practice — learning by doing. Through a series of structured learning activities that include role-plays, real-plays, video demonstrations, and small group exercises, you will be progressively guided to improve your skills from basic to more advanced levels. Most importantly, you will be able to transfer and incorporate newly learned MI skills into your real-world interactions.
Over the course of this workshop you will become familiar with the basic theory of MI, practice ways to foster an effective working alliance at the very first meeting, and develop skills to successfully engage difficult cases. You will also become skilled at recognizing, eliciting, and reinforcing key client verbalizations that will set the stage for an effective plan for changing self-defeating behaviors.