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Effecting Change through the Use of Motivational Interviewing: Interactive Training for Skill Development

Motivational interviewing, a treatment approach developed by William Miller, has been well established as an effective way to promote behavior change in individuals. Following a brief review of the fundamental MI principles and micro-skills, this experiential MI Skill Development training will focus on helping clients to engage in change talk, and then make commitments to make behavioral changes based on goals that they have identified. Ample time will be devoted to role play practice to enable participants to gain skills necessary to elicit change talk from clients with low levels of readiness for change, thereby increasing levels of motivation and moving them toward action to address their substance use issues. 

In order to attend this in-person training session, you must first complete a pre-requisite online course, even if you have participated in MI training in the past. Enrollment information for the self-paced, online course, entitled A Tour of Motivational Interviewing, is available at: This 4-hour self-paced course can be completed free of charge; CE credit is available for a nominal fee of $20. After completing the online course, you will receive a certificate of completion that you must submit to UCLA ISAP as part of the training registration process. If you have any issues locating your certificate or completing the course, please contact the HealthEKnowledge support center at 844-284-9616. Please note: You will not be confirmed to attend this in-person training, nor will you receive a confirmation email, until your online MI course certificate of completion has been submitted to Victoria Norith ([email protected]).

At the conclusion of the MI Skill Development training session, participants should be able to:

1.    Define at least three (3) key principles of Motivational Interviewing that can be utilized with clients.
2.    Compare the effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing to traditional medical approaches to counseling clients with substance use problems.
3.    Describe and demonstrate the effective delivery of at least three MI micro-skills that be used to help clients increase motivation for substance use related changes.
4.    Explain how to apply Motivational Interviewing techniques in typical circumstances encountered in behavioral health treatment.
5.    Describe at least two (2) components of the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing and why each is important to the effective application of Motivational Interviewing

Starts: Dec. 9, 2019 9:00 am
Ends: Dec. 9, 2019 4:30 pm
Registration Deadline
December 9, 2019
Event Type
Face-to-Face Training
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