Motivational Interviewing: Guiding Clients Through the Process of Change

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Family Intervention Services

20 Vanderhoof Avenue

Rockaway, NJ 07866

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“Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change" (Miller & Rollnick, 2009.) It is an evidence-based, conversational approach designed to address ambivalence to change.

In this 5-hour interactive workshop participants will gain an understanding of motivational interviewing principles and techniques and how they can be used as an effective strategy for engaging clients in behavior change. Through discussion and role-playing, participants will learn and practice essential skills in motivational interviewing.

Workshop Objectives

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define Prochaska's and DiClemente's stages of change and characteristics associated with each.
  2. List at least two ways in which counselors' interactional style can affect clients' levels of motivation, resistance and willingness to provide assessment information.
  3. Discuss the spirit of Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and the importance of client-centered principles.
  4. Identify the five micro skills of MET and their application.
  5. Discuss at least three ways to respond to resistance in a non-confrontational style.


10:00am Overview and Introductions

10:10am Experiential Activity

  • Large Group Processing

10:30am Definitions of Motivation Interviewing; Goals and Objectives

  • Lecture, Large Group Discussion

11:00am Stages of Change Model and How Motivational Interviewing Fits In with Practice

  • Large Group Discussion

Listening to and Reflecting Ambivalence

  • Small Group Activity and Discussion

11:40am Spirit of Motivational Interviewing

  • Small Group Activity: Using your “OARS”

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm Rolling with Resistance

  • Small Group Activity and Discussion

2:30pm Change Talk

  • Lecture, Large Group Activity

3:30pm Summary and Affirmations

  • Large Group Activity

3:45pm Summary, Wrap-Up and Evaluations


Joel Levine, LCSW, LPC, LCADC, LMFT, FIS Director of Substance Use

Joel has been a multi-licensed therapist and educator for the past 20 years, and completed post-graduate training at the Multicultural Family Institute and The Center for Family, Community and Social Justice. He completed a one-year study, entitled Project Elicit, with William Miller the founder of Motivational Interviewing – designed to provide clinicians with fidelity to the model. Joel has a passion for working with families and their communities, maintains a private practice, and has taught university graduate level courses.

Continental Breakfast served for all trainings

  • Including coffee, tea and bagels.


  • On your own or feel free to bring lunch with you. Microwave is available for participants’ use.


COURSE FEE: Fee is $100.00. A training discount of $95.00 is available for 3 or more registrants from the same organization.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: The Friday before the training date.

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellation of registration and refund of tuition must be requested by the Friday of the week preceding the date of training. Persons not canceling paid registration by this date are ineligible for a refund, but may move their registration to a training held at a later date.


Family Intervention Services, Inc. maintains responsibility for all programs.

  • Motivational Interviewing: Guiding Clients through the Process of Change, Course #2095, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Family Intervention Services, Inc. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 10/11/2018 – 10/11/2020. Social workers completing this course receive 5 Clinical Practice continuing education credits.


Family Intervention Services, Inc. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. FIS (ACEP #6325) is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Family Intervention Services, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6325. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Family Intervention Services, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

  • Motivational Interviewing: Guiding Clients through the Process of Change: Counselors participating in this course will receive 5 Clinical continuing education clock hours.

CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS AND AWARDING OF CERTIFICATES: Participants must attend 100% of all scheduled hours, complete an evaluation form and submit to instructor at the end of each training day to receive course credits. Participants successfully completing the course will receive a Certificate of Completion upon conclusion of the course. Participants will not receive a Certificate of Completion without the submission of a completed evaluation form.

TRAINING SITE: Morris County: 20 Vanderhoof Avenue, Denville/Rockaway, NJ 07866

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE: FIS welcomes feedback from all participants and encourages the prompt resolution of grievances in a professional and timely manner. FIS seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Grievances regarding a particular training event should be directed to the training instructor. If unresolved, participant will be contacted by the FIS Director of Staff Development & Clinical Services. All grievances are kept confidential and all persons are treated with respect and kindness as the parties involved work to resolve the grievance. If the grievance remains unresolved, it will be directed to the FIS President/CEO to resolve. Social workers not pleased with a grievance resolution provided by Family Intervention Services, Inc. may appeal to the approving entity or their jurisdictional board.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE DIFFERENTLY ABLED: FIS training facilities are handicap accessible and other accommodations will be made available upon request. For questions or special accommodations contact Susan Sterling, FIS Director of Staff Development & Clinical Services, at (973) 586-5243 or ssterling@fisnj.org.

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