Motivational Interviewing in Groups - Greenville, SC


Motivational Interviewing in Groups with Dr. Chris Wagner

Motivational interviewing is a client-centered, goal-oriented therapeutic approach that elicits change in health, mental health, and addictive behaviors.  Originally developed as an alternative to addiction approaches that relied on an expert, authoritarian stance in counseling, Motivational Interviewing has evolved into a mainstream, highly used method for eliciting change across a wide variety of settings, clinical problems, and populations.  MI was developed as an individual approach, focusing on dyadic interactions.  Adapting MI to group interactions requires reconceptualizing core practices to harness the power of group support, cohesion and momentum.  Along with Karen Ingersoll, Dr. Wagner has focused on this challenge for the past decade.  Their 2013 book on Motivational Interviewing in Groups has received positive reviews from scientific journals such as Contemporary Psychology, Social Work in Groups, and Addiction.

This two-day training reviews the essential elements of MI, provides detailed information on the process of adapting MI to groups across a variety of formats, and is highly experiential, leading participants through group practice exercises across the four phases of MI groups. The training has been highly evaluated by previous participants across a wide variety of settings and cultures, and Dr.Wagner has been repeatedly invited to conduct this training at multiple international meetings of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

Participants will:
• Develop a working knowledge of MI concepts and practices
• Understand the key issues in therapeutic groups
• Understand group practice of MI compared to individual practice
• Develop a greater knowledge of the range of MI groups design options
• Understand the four phases of MI groups
• Experience/observe MI groups in action
• Develop basic/advanced MI group leadership skills

Dr. Wagner is a clinical psychologist (US) who has led psychotherapeutic, psychoeducational, and support groups targeting addictive behaviors, sexual behaviors and identity, HIV disease coping, schizophrenia, and organ transplant, as well as general adult mental health. He is the lead author of the highly acclaimed book, “Motivational Interviewing in Groups” Guilford Press, 2013

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Gibson Center of Excellence, 130 Industrial Drive, Greenville, SC 29607
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If you want to learn and practice how best to incorporate Motivational Interviewing into your group work, please join us for this dynamic, highly interractive event!
2 Feb 2017 - 9:00am to 3 Feb 2017 - 5:00pm
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