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“Yes, but”:  An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Cultivating Change with Ambivalent Clients

Have you been wondering “Why use MI?” or “How can using MI be helpful in my work with my clients?”

Feeling stuck in conversations about change with your clients? 

Not sure how to carry a conversation when your clients seems happy with the status quo?


“Yes, but”:
An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Cultivating Change with Ambivalent Clients


Angela R. Bethea-Walsh, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers


This workshop will expose participants to the evidence-based clinical method of Motivational Interviewing (MI).  The workshop will offer an overview of the underlying “Spirit” and principles of MI with various clinical populations and cultural groups.  Participants will be guided through exercises including live demonstration, video demonstration, “real plays” and practice in small group exercises. This workshop is appropriate for helping professionals with minimal or moderate exposure to MI.

Training Objectives:

  1. Identify the limitations of a confrontational helping style with ambivalent individuals or in response to relationship discord.
  2. Describe the “Spirit” of MI.
  3. Describe the 4 processes of MI (Engaging, Focusing, Evoking, Planning).
  4. Utilize 3 MI principles or interviewing skills to elicit a conversation about
    change and elicit intrinsic motivation to change in a non-confrontational style.
  5. Practice strategies to respond effectively to clients’ reluctance or “resistance” to change.
  6. Develop a plan for how to integrate MI into clinical practice.

Target Audience:

Helping professionals or paraprofessionals who counsel clients or patients in making change (i.e., Mental Health and Addictions Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Physicians, Nurses, Managers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Research Study Personnel, Probation/Corrections Officers and Counselors, Peer Recovery Support, Health/Life Coaches, Resident Assistants, Educators, Behavior Specialists, Drug Court Providers, Pastoral Counselors, etc.).


9:00am to 4:30pm (Registration starts at 8:30am)


The Link Counseling Center (The House Next Door)
348 Mount Vernon Highway NE
Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328
**Just outside Atlanta!
**Free Parking!

Registration Includes:

  • Resource handouts and materials
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Morning and afternoon snacks
  • Tea and coffee breaks
    **Lunch will not be provided.

Continuing Education - 6 Core Hours Approved:

  • Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia
  • Georgia Psychological Association
  • Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work


  • $125.00 (fee increases to $145.00 after August 16, 2019)


Refund Policy:

If you cancel prior to August 9, 2019, you will receive a refund of money minus a $25.00 processing fee. Non-refundable thereafter.

For more information, contact:

Angela Bethea-Walsh, Ph.D. (404) 654-3614 or

Atlanta, Georgia
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23 Aug 2019 - 9:00am
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