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Advanced MI with Client Engagement (formerly known as Client Engagement) Required Pre-Requisite-Motivational Interviewing 

Required Pre-requisite: The Essentials of Motivational Interviewing (3-day)     

Staff should wait 1 quarter to attend Advanced MI with Client Engagement after completing The Essentials of Motivational Interviewing.

Course Description:

This 2-day training course is focused on advanced applications of Motivational Interviewing (MI). On day one, practitioners will increase their overall MI proficiency by participating in advanced exercises targeting the core skills of reflecting and summarizing. Following a review of current research findings related to client change language (e.g., preparatory change talk, mobilizing change talk, and sustain-talk), practitioners will fine-tune their ability to recognize, reinforce, and respond to change talk that commonly emerges with justice-involved clients. The focus of day two is transitioning the use of MI skills to group formats.  Following a review of general guidelines for using MI in groups, practitioners will participate in a series of structured real-play exercises and receive feedback while actually running small groups. Group exercises will correspond to the newly identified phases of group work: engaging the group, exploring perspectives, broadening  perspectives, and moving into action. 

Course Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

1. increase proficiency in the core MI skills of reflecting and summarizing

2. be able to recognize, elicit, and reinforce justice-involved clients’ own reasons for changing self-defeating behaviors

3. understand important guidelines and the four core processes for using MI in groups

4. practice strategies for engaging groups

5. become skilled at moving group members toward actions likely to decrease criminogenic risks and increase pro-social activities


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