Motivational Interviewing:  The Basics (June 2023)

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Motivational Interviewing: The Basics (June 2023)

An 11 hour comprehensive introduction to building a Motivational Interviewing practice including 2 individual coding and coaching sessions.

By SOS Recovery Community Organization

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June 5 · 9am - June 13 · 11:30am PDT



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Session 1: Monday June 5th 12pm-3pm est

Session 2: Tuesday June 6th 12-3pm est

Session 3: Monday June 12th 12pm-2:30pm est

Session 4: Tuesday June 13th 12pm-2:30pm est

This course has been approved by SOS Recovery Community Organization, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 11 CE. NAADAC Provider #185501,  SOS Recovery Community Organization is responsible for all aspects of its programing.”

This course is pre-approved for 11 CEU's from the NH Board of Licensing for Alcohol and other Drugs. LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 12, CRSW Performance Domains: 2

About the Training: This training is an online zoom modified version of our two-day training broken up over 4 days now to allow time to practice while receiving an interactive online introduction to the evidence-based clinical  method of Motivational Interviewing, an effective approach in the care of working in peer-assisted recovery supports.

Note: This MI class was designed with peer assisted recovery in mind, however, the content for this is no different than the MI Basics that would be taught to clinical practitioners in behavioral health, substance use disorder or community health settings.

This class will also include the ability to record and have 2 conversations recorded for coding utilizing the Motivational Interviewing Competency Assessment along with 2 individual 1:1 coaching sessions to review the codings and assist with proficiency.

This class will provide peer- recovery specialists and past, current or future practitioners of MI with an opportunity to explore creative ways of integrating these approaches. Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered, evidence-based, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. After orientation to the underlying spirit, structure, and principles of Motivational Interviewing, practical exercises will help participants strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit patient change talk, and roll with resistance.

Motivational Interviewing

"Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion."

~ Stephen Rollnick and William R. Miller, Sheffield, UK Oct 2011

About the Trainers:

John Burns, MBA, CRSW, is the director of SOS Recovery Community Organization. John has been engaged in training delivery and development over the last 5 years at SOS. He supervises a staff of over 20 at SOS Recovery Community Organization and assists in training and supervision of three Recovery Community Centers. SOS operates syringe service programs and harm reduction supplies at all of their recovery community centers as well as a comprehensive outreach program with those experiencing homelessness and a state wide program for individuals involved in the criminal justice system. John is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and completed the MINT training of new trainers. He has been trained extensively in motivational interviewing techniques through a series of trainings and train the trainers sessions with other MINT members including Stephen Andrew LCSW, LADC, CCS, CGP, John Gilbert MS, RD, CCP, RHC-III, ACSM-CEP®, Ali Hall, JD, and Casey Jackson MSW, MAC, LICSW, CDP. He has also had several coaching and coding trainings. He has trained under Denise Ernst. PhD in Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) Coding and is trained and authorized to complete Motivational Interviewing Competency Assessments (MICA) for coding practitioners of MI.

About the organizer

The mission of SOS Recovery Community Organization is to reduce stigma and harm associated with substance use disorders by providing safe space and peer based supports to people in multiple pathways of recovery.

SOS Recovery Community Organization envisions a world in which recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs is possible and widely embraced through low-barrier access to inclusive and respectful support, care and the resources needed to accomplish self-defined goals

SOS Recovery Community Organization is a program of Goodwin Community Health, non-profit 501c3, Federally Qualified Health Center serving Strafford County residents.

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