Motivational Interviewing Training: An Introduction

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Motivational Interviewing: An Introduction

Date: Friday, September 29, 2017

Time: 9am – 12 noon

Place: Argosy University, 5250 17th St., Sarasota, FL 34235
2nd floor library

CEU: 3 CEU’s
Cost: Free, open to the public

Presenter: Jim Reynolds, Ed.D., LMHC Professor, College of Counseling, Psychology, and Social Sciences.


Welcome and Introductions.

  • Defining Motivational Interviewing: An overview.
    What Motivational Interviewing is and what it is not.
  • Stages of Change.
    Righting reflex. MI traps.
  • The Basic Concepts of Motivational Interviewing.
    The spirit of MI: Evocation, Collaboration, Autonomy/Support and Compassion.
  • The Essential Strategies of MI.
    Core interviewing skills; OARS.
  • Central Concepts of Ambivalence and Developing Discrepancy.
    The rationale for MI in facilitating behavioral change.
  • Evoking the Person’s Own Motivation.
    Change Talk and Sustain Talk.
  • Assessing Readiness to Change.
    Rolling with resistance. Scaling and strengthening client commitment. *
  • Supporting Change
    Developing a Change Plan

By the end of the training, participants will:

1. Understand what Motivational Interviewing is and is not.

2. Be able to identify the stages of change and the main characteristics of each stage.

3. Be able to delineate the philosophy and spirit that characterizes this approach to counselling.

4. Be able to identify the basic method of Motivational Interviewing: OARS and the specific
components of OARS.

5. Understand the central concepts of ambivalence and discrepancy and the rationale for
Motivational Interviewing in facilitating behavioral change.

6. Be able to recognize and distinguish between Change Talk and Sustain Talk.

7. Be able to assess readiness for change by using scaling techniques.

8. Be able to identify ways that counselors can support change and assist clients in developing a
Change Plan.


Jim Reynolds, Ed.D., LMHC

Dr. Jim Reynolds is a Professor in the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. He has been teaching full-time at Argosy University/Sarasota for the past twenty-two years. His background includes over 20 years of clinical experience in a variety of counseling settings, including mental health, psychiatric, chemical dependency, and private practice. He currently maintains a mental health counselor license in the state of Florida. Dr. Reynolds’ earliest counseling jobs were in the substance abuse field; He worked for hospital-based alcoholism treatment programs, Storefront (now Coastal Behavioral) intensive outpatient therapeutic community program, OARS outpatient in Venice, First Step DUI classes, etc., He also had a private practice during the mid-80's in which most of his clients were HIV/AIDS positive. Dr. Reynolds was an adjunct professor at USF for over 30 years. He was on the certification board (CBAPF) for 8 years, and chaired the written test committee. He currently teaches at Argosy University, and mostly courses in substance abuse, addictions, group counseling, ethics, etc.

Argosy University, Sarasota is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2610.

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