This 3-day training course is focused on developing the foundational skills of the Motivational Interviewing (MI) approach. Motivation is a key factor in people changing difficult and intractable human problems such as alcohol and drug dependence, persistent criminal lifestyle choices, intimate partner violence, and disruptive behavior disorders in youth.
MI is currently the most scientifically supported approach for motivating people with difficult-to-change problems. Practitioners will become familiar with the basic theory of MI, practice client centered counseling skills, and learn to recognize, elicit, and reinforce key client verbalizations likely to lead to an effective plan for changing self-defeating behaviors.
Through a series of structured learning activities that include role-plays, 'real'-plays, video demonstrations, and small group exercises, practitioners will develop and improve core skills so that they can immediately apply MI with their own clients.
Course Learning Objectives:
1. Develop a basic level of proficiency in Motivational Interviewing (MI) so that the model can be utilized with justice-involved clients
2. Become skilled at engaging reluctant clients and forming a powerful and productive alliance at the early stages of supervision, case management, and programming
3. Understand the newly developed four core processes of the MI approach
4. Become skilled at developing a plan for supervision and case management that includes the client’s most important reasons for change
5. Be able to integrate MI with other evidence-based forensic practices
6. Recognize the essential features of MI communication style and how it differs from other approaches