Lacey, WA USA Introductory

Experiential 2 Day Motivational Interviewing Training

Trainer: Larisa Traga, LCSW, MAC, CCDS; MINT Member; EMDRIA Approved Consultant

Larisa Traga is a California-licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), master addiction counselor (MAC), with a co-occurring disorders specialization (CCDS), providing training, consultation, and therapy to the Santa Barbara county community. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY, Binghamton University and a Master’s in Social Work from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Larisa is an EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) Approved EMDR Certified Consultant and a Member of International Network of Trainers for Motivational Interviewing (MINT). She has been an adjunct psychology and human services instructor at Allan Hancock College since 2015. Larisa has also worked countywide with the County of Santa Barbara Behavioral Wellness Department since 2009 with individuals with co-occurring disorders, PTSD, Transitional Age Youth and adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, drug court involved teens and adults and individuals experiencing crisis.

Larisa currently has a private practice specializing in culturally sensitive individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults using an eclectic approach, including EMDR, CBT, MI, and mindfulness techniques. She treats a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, physical/sexual abuse, PTSD, self-esteem issues, workplace harassment, and more. In addition, Larisa conducts training on Evidence Based Practices, such as Motivational Interviewing, NIATx process improvement, MATRIX model, and more currently consultations and technical assistance on use of EMDR and crisis debriefings using A-TIP.

After attending the training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the “spirit” and key principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Define MI
  • Define 4 processes of MI
  • Demonstrate ability to use OARS
  • Demonstrate ability to recognize change talk and stages of change
  • Identify traps to avoid
  • Develop a personal plan for practicing and incorporating the primary skills and strategies of MI into counseling practice
  • MI (Day 1).  Tuesday August 13, 2019
  • - Schedule -

    8:30–9:00 – Registration
    9:00–10:00 – Defining Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Spirit of MI
    Exercise: Spirit of MI
    10:00–10:15 – Break
    10:15–11:45 – 4 Processes of MI: Engaging; Traps to avoid
    Exercise: Conversational Roadblocks
    Exercise: Now Listen instead
    11:45–12:45 – Lunch (on your own)
    12:45–2:30 – Identifying goals; Change Process
    Exercise: Personal Values
    Exercise: How easy is change
    2:30–2:45 – Break
    2:45–4:45 – Measuring Importance, Confidence and Readiness
    Exercise: Ruler
    4:45–5:00 – Day 1 Wrap-Up

    MI (Day 2). Wednesday August 14, 2019
    - Schedule -

    8:30–9:00 – Registration
    9:00–10:00 – OARS
    Exercise: Open-Ended Questions
    10:00–10:15 – Break
    10:15–11:45 – OARS
    Exercise: Reflective Listening
    Exercise: Summary Practice
    11:45–12:45 – Lunch (on your own)
    12:45–2:30 – OARS; 4 Processes: Focusing
    Exercise: Mining for Affirmations
    Exercise: Focusing
    Exercise: Focusing discussion
    2:30–2:45 – Break
    2:45–4:45 – Identifying Change and Sustain Talk; DARN CATs
    Exercise: Change or sustain talk
    4:45–5:00 – Day 2 Wrap-Up:
    Survey, CEs and Self-Evaluation tool to use

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lacey 4460 3rd Avenue SE Lacey, WA 98503 Phone: 360-819-4346
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An experiential training geared towards improving ones skills around interpersonal relations an helping resolve ambivalence about change. Over 14 exercises designed to practice skills learned. CEU's available.
13 Aug 2019 - 8:30am to 14 Aug 2019 - 5:00pm
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