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Youth Worker Fundamentals: Motivational Interviewing

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Casey Family Programs

1123 23rd Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

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Motivational interviewing is a person-centered method for enhancing motivation by exploring and resolving ambivalence – but what does it mean to resolve ambivalence when you’re working with a young person experiencing instability? Youth Worker Fundamentals: Motivational Interviewing is a half-day training for direct-service staff working with young people experiencing homelessness in King County focusing on applying the framework as service providers.


Participants will explore the spirit of motivational interviewing and applying the method’s core principles from this youth-worker lens. Participants will learn and practice five core skills of motivational interviewing — Affirmations, Reflective Listening, Open-ended Questions, Summarization, and Eliciting Change Talk — by engaging in interactive discussions, scenario work, and role-plays.


This training is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21st at Casey Family Programs (1123 23rd Avenue Seattle, WA 98122)



The Youth Worker Institute team is excited to offer this opportunity as an integral part of the Fundamentals Series. The Youth Worker Institute produces trainings specifically designed for staff working in homeless youth serving agencies in King County. The Fundamentals Series includes training topics on Trauma Informed Youth Work, Harm Reduction, Strengths-Based Approach, Systemic Oppression and Motivational Interviewing.


The curriculim for this training was developed by Melanie Ferrer-Vaughn, MSW, in collaboration with YouthCare's training program team. Melanie is a program manager and outreach specialist with Seneca Family of Agencies and has been bringing her passion and expertise youth and family work for almost a decade.


This training will be Facilitated by Byram Simpson. Byram is the Training Program Manager at YouthCare. They have worked with YouthCare as the Program Manager of our under 18 Pathways program, and before then worked for several years with young people at the Eating Recovery Center.




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