An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Cultivating Change with Ambivalent Clients
August 23, 2019
Angela R. Bethea, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers
This workshop will expose participants to the evidence-based clinical method of Motivational Interviewing (MI).
MI is a collaborative counseling style developed by William Miller, Ph.D., and Steve Rollnick, Ph.D., to strengthen intrinsic motivation and commitment to change for individuals who are reluctant to change or "resistant" to change.
Learn how to use MI to get un-stuck during difficult conversations about change with clients, and to strategically re-direct the conversation toward change in an atmosphere of safety, respect and acceptance.
The workshop will offer an overview of the underlying
“Spirit” and principles of MI with various clinical populations and cultural groups. Participants
will be guided through exercises including live demonstration, video
demonstration, and practice in small group exercises ("real plays"). This workshop is appropriate for helping professionals with minimal or
moderate exposure to MI.
- Identify the limitations of a confrontational helping
style with ambivalent individuals or in response to relationship discord.
- Describe the “Spirit” of MI.
- Describe the 4 processes of MI (Engaging, Focusing,
- Utilize 3 MI principles or interviewing skills to
elicit a conversation about change and elicit intrinsic motivation to change in a non-confrontational
- Practice strategies to respond effectively to clients' reluctance or "resistance" to change.
- Develop a plan for how to integrate MI into clinical
Target Audience: Helping professionals
who counsel clients or patients in making change (i.e., Mental Health and
Addictions Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Physicians, Nurses, Managers,
Marriage and Family Therapists, Research Study Personnel, Probation/Corrections
Officers and Counselors, Peer Recovery Support, Health/Life Coaches, Resident
Assistants, Educators, Behavior Specialists, Drug Court Providers, Pastoral Counselors, etc.).
9:00am to 4:30pm
(Registration starts at 8:30am)
The Link Counseling Center (The House Next Door)
348 Mount Vernon Highway NE
Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328
**Just outside Atlanta
handouts and materials
- Certificate of
- Morning and afternoon snacks
- Tea and coffee
**Lunch will not be provided.
Continuing Education - 6 Core Hours Approved:
- Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia
- Georgia Psychological Association
- Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work
- $125.00 (fee increases to $145.00 after August 16, 2019).
If you cancel prior to August 9, 2019, you will receive a refund of money minus a $25.00 processing
fee. Non-refundable thereafter.
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