Motivational Interviewing: Inviting and Acknowledging Change Talk

Bernard Showers, LCSW, CAADC
5 CECs

Friday, July 14, 2017
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Hartford Public Library, Room 026, Hartford, CT
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This seminar is intended for clinicians seeking an advanced level of Motivational Interviewing (MI) training. Participants will consider MI’s application to a broad use of behavior changes ranging from health behaviors to substance use. The seminar offers a hands-on experiential learning approach with ample opportunity for role-plays, discussion, and case conceptualization. Participants will learn skills for eliciting change talk with their clients, helping them to gain and enhance motivation towards making meaningful behavioral changes. Equal emphasis will be placed on acknowledging change talk through the use of MI micro-skills and structured interventions. You will leave with an advanced knowledge of tangible clinical interventions to be utilized with clients, targeting collaboratively identified problem behaviors.

Through the use of lecture, demonstrations, interactive role-plays, and audio/visual learning aids, this seminar will enable you to:

  • explore how Motivational Interviewing’s emphasis on change talk makes it a unique clinical approach
  • learn tangible skills for eliciting change talk with their clients, helping them to gain and enhance motivation towards making meaningful behavioral changes
  • gain a greater understanding of the utilization of micro-skills and structured activities used to elicit change talk
  • learn about the research that guides MI’s increasing focus on recognizing, reinforcing, and evoking change language