Coaching Online A. Shiver

Motivational Interviewing Coaching Group

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm MDT

Join Alicia Shiver, MA, LMHC, LADAC, and MINT member and others as we review and practice motivational interviewing skills! There will be no more than 8 people in each group to ensure that participants have an opportunity for observation and feedback.

Activities vary during each group and will include a variety of live demonstration, group practice with feedback, coding, and skills activities.

Earn 1.5 CE hours accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)

Pay what you can with a recommended price of $25 and a minimum price of $10.

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Why coaching?

Motivational Interviewing (MI) has become a gold-standard communication style used in behavioral health and medical settings, but do people who are trained actually become proficient in MI after a standard two-day class? The answer to this question is a resounding “no”. Although participants in an introductory workshop often report feeling confident in their new MI skills, changes in practice behavior are usually modest at best (Miller & Mount, 2001) and quickly diminish after training if nothing more is done to consolidate them (Miller, et al., 2004; Schwalbe, et al., 2014).  Simply providing continuing education workshops can thus be a waste of time and resources if it does not improve client care.

As in learning most any complex skill, what is needed after initial training is ongoing practice with some feedback and coaching (Hall, Staiger, Simpson, Best, & Lubman, 2015; Miller & Mount, 2001; Miller & Moyers, 2006; Miller, et al., 2004; Schwalbe, et al.,2014).  Happily, even a relatively modest amount of additional feedback and coaching significantly improves the quality and maintenance of skills (Hall, et al., 2015; Miller & Moyers, 2006; Miller, et al., 2004; Schwalbe, et al., 2014). It is important that this feedback be based on direct observation since self-report is not an accurate depiction of an interaction and the MI skills used (Miller & Mount, 2001). Imagine piano students merely telling their teacher how well they have been playing.  This is a good analogy for teaching a complex behavioral intervention without directly observing it. This makes the difference between learning about MI and actually being able to deliver it.

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13 May 2024 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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