The Central East ATTC and the Clinical Trials Network Mid-Atlantic Node are pleased to announce:

Motivational Interviewing
Webinar Series 

Join us for an enlightening webinar series on Motivational Interviewing (MI), a person-centered technique widely used by a broad range of health professionals for its powerful results in motivating people to make positive behavior changes.  This series of eight short presentations (only 30 minutes) will help MI practitioners become more proficient by learning some of the nuances of this complex counseling technique.  

MI developer Bill Miller, PhD, aptly described MI as “deceptively simple.”  In these webinars we will focus on some of the more familiar concepts such as using Open-Ended Questions and Reflections (OARS), as well as sophisticated MI tools and perspectives that enhance practitioners’ ability to help people plan for behavior change.

Each webinar will be hosted by expert MI trainer Christine Higgins of the Mid-Atlantic Node of the Clinical Trials Network (CTN).  Christine will highlight what work is accomplished by using each particular tool.  Based on her years of experience as an MI trainer in both beginner and advanced workshops, she will also shed light on common missteps that lead to a loss in fidelity and frustrate practitioners and clients alike. 

Webinars will also feature guest MI experts who will explain key concepts, clarify when and why to use a particular tool, and identify salient points that some MI trainings may overlook. 

A Q&A segment will give you the opportunity to request clarification or share insights of your own. 
These webinars will prove helpful to both the beginning and advanced practitioner. Participants can earn up to four CEHs.

Whether topics are familiar or new to you, you will strengthen your ability to use this remarkable style to help people change.


Time: 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Earn up to 4 Continuing Education Hours 


Open-ended Questions
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
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Wednesday, August 19th 
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Pros, Cons, and Ambivalence
Wednesday, September 16, 2016
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Expressing Empathy
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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Readiness Ruler
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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MI Sandwich / MIA-Steps
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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The Central East ATTC and the Clinical Trials Network Mid-Atlantic Node are pleased to offer recordings of our Webinar Series on Motivational Incentives which was held in the spring of 2013. While it is recommended that you watch all 4 of the series, it is fine to start at any point.

"... amazing. I love this series"

DV, Clinical Supervisor

Session 1: Introduction to Incentives (March 20, 2013)

This first webinar introduced participants to a NIDA researched clinical tool, the evidence based practice of motivational incentives also known as contingency management. We begin with an overall discussion of incentives: why we use them, the principles on which they are based, what makes them powerful, and how you can get started in designing an incentive program. There was discussion of what defines an incentive, what makes a token or privilege motivating, and how to build on small successes toward larger and longer-term goals. We will discuss how to choose target behavior and how to identify the group(s) or person(s) to receive incentives. Common barriers to implementation will be discussed, and participants will receive resources for implementation, including information on the NIDA/SAMSHA Blending Products.

Evidence-Based Practices in Behavioral Health Treatment: Motivational Incentives Series - Session 1: Introduction to MI Click below to download the following handouts mentioned in the webinar:

Session 2: The Tic-Tac-Toe Board (April 10, 2013)

This second webinar introduced participants to the use of the tic-tac-toe board. Participants discovered how this simple tool can be extremely useful in case management and for breaking larger goals into to smaller, achievable steps. Participants learned how this method can use low-cost prizes that escalate with each "win"They also learned how to design their own tic-tac-toe board using target behaviors.

Evidence-Based Practices in Behavioral Health Treatment: Motivational Incentives Series - Session 2: The Tic-Tac-Toe Board  Click here to download the powerpoint of the webinar: Motivational Incentives Webinar 2 - The Tic Tac Toe Board powerpoint

Session 3: Voucher Systems and the Fishbowl Method (April 24, 2013)

This third webinar introduced to participants the Fishbowl Method. Originally conceived by Nancy Petry, this draw method with low-cost prizes was designed to take advantage of intermittent reinforcement to make incentives affordable to community programs. We discussed what makes this style so popular and how it is applicable in many different settings. We looked at a demonstration of a computer generated draw system, and learned how to make our own fishbowl. We discussed how to reset or escalate draws, and add bonuses.

Click here to download the powerpoint of the webinar: Motivational Incentives Webinar 3 - The Fishbowl Method

Session 4: Implementation Software and Other Practical implementation Tips (May 8, 2013)

This final webinar discussed the importance of data collection with tips for how this can be done. It demonstrated an implementation software program that can help you track patient progress, prize inventory, and trends. Participants brainstormed low cost resources for obtaining incentive prizes, and were encouraged to share ideas.