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Motivational Interviewing: Intermediate Level

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South Seattle College Georgetown Campus

6737 Corson Avenue South

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Seattle, WA 98108

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Motivational Interviewing: Intermediate Level

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How can we help our clients/patients 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. 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 a variety of ways including lecture, 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. This workshop expands on material presented in October 2019: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing.

Audience: Professionals providing direct services to Veterans in therapeutic, healthcare, and other supportive settings. This training is appropriate for mental health professionals (e.g. psychologists, social workers, marriage & family therapists, counselors), medical professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists), and professionals in other supportive roles (e.g., case managers, employment specialists, coaches, probation/parole officers). As this is an intermediate-level training, it is geared toward participants who have already completed at least one full day of MI training and who have a basic understanding of the spirit, principles, and processes of MI. Potential participants who have questions about the course level are welcome to contact the trainer to discuss further: ann.marie.roepke@gmail.com

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