Facilitator-led Online Introductory w/Spanish-speaking communities

Motivational Interviewing with Spanish-Speaking Communities: Introduction and Skill Building | Entrevista Motivacional Para Uso Con Comunidades Hispanohablantes: Introducción y Desarrollo de Habilidades Prácticas

One of the goals of La Mesita is to improve the quality of services for the Latinx community in North Carolina by promoting accessible professional training opportunities and resources for professionals across the state and beyond. As a part of these efforts, El Futuro is hosting a two-day Entrevista Motivacional (Motivational Interviewing) Training this spring open to all providers across the state and other providers across the country who offer services in Spanish.  

Program description

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based communication style designed to help clients identify their readiness, willingness and ability to make meaningful change in their lives. MI can be added onto other models to increase the likelihood of participants’ success and reduce attrition. In this workshop, we will examine the theory behind this client-centered approach in a bilingual (Spanish & English) setting to support our work with Spanish speaking individuals in helping them resolve ambivalence and commit to action. We will talk about techniques to draw out people in order to magnify their motivations and help them become empowered to make changes to meet their own goals.

The introduction will involve a number of exercises to help distinguish the practice of MI from other styles of psycho-education. We will learn specific applications of MI, practice communicating the spirit of MI, and develop capacity to use MI in Spanish within our roles. Participants will develop awareness of the fundamental client language cues (change talk and sustain talk) that allow continued feedback and learning in practice, strengthen empathic counseling skills, and understand and practice the directive aspects of MI.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Identify barriers to using an MI approach rather than jumping to problem-solving
  • Demonstrate the ability to ask open ended questions, reflect, and affirm clients to evoke change talk and soften sustain talk in both English and Spanish
  • Discuss next steps to support implementing MI


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Hablaremos del uso de entrevista motivacional en agencias y oficinas bilingües que apoyan a personas hispanoparlantes para ayudarlas a reducir la ambivalencia al cambio y a que puedan ponerse en acción.
2 Feb 2022 - 9:30am to 3 Feb 2022 - 5:00pm
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