Durham, NC USA Introductory

Engaging Clients as Partners in Change--Introduction and Skill Building

Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based therapeutic technique designed to help people identify their readiness, willingness and ability to make meaningful change in their lives.  We will talk about techniques to draw out people in order to find out their motivations and help them become empowered to make change to meet their own goals rather than trying to externally mandate change.  This workshop  will involve a number of exercises to help distinguish the practice of Motivational Interviewing from other types of therapy or psychoeducation.  Motivational interviewing can be added into other models to reduce attrition and increase the likelihood of participants’ success.  During this training we will learn specific applications of MI, explore the spirit of MI and move into practice in applying MI in various professional roles.  Participants will strengthen and practice empathic communication skills,  understand and practice the directive aspects of MI, experience and practice an MI style of  softening sustain talk, and learn the fundamental client language cues (change talk and sustain talk) that allow continued feedback and learning in practice.
Learning Objectives:
Upon Completion of this workshop, participant should be able to:
• Explain the difference between persuading and using Motivational Interviewing
• Describe benefits to evoking motivations rather than sharing information about risks and benefits
• Examine what makes it difficult not to problem solve before exploring motivations
• Demonstrate the ability to ask open ended questions, reflect, and affirm 
• Discuss next steps to support implementing Motivational Interviewing in the face of ambivalence or resistance

Exchange Family Center, Durham, NC
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6 Feb 2018 - 9:30am to 7 Feb 2018 - 5:00pm
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