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Barbara Kistenmacher
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345 Seventh Avenue
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About Me

Dr. Barbara Kistenmacher is currently the Executive Director of Hazelden, New York and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine.

Dr. Kistenmacher has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in New York City for over 10 years. Prior to working at Hazelden, she was the Director of Addictions Treatments at the Bronx- Lebanon Hospital. At Bronx-Lebanon, she taught Motivational Interviewing in the Psychiatry Residency program and the Addictions Psychiatry Fellowship program. Prior to her tenure at Bronx-Lebanon, she was part of the Columbia Eastside addictions team where she was responsible for growing the evening addictions program and developing family interventions for addicted clients. At the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, she served as the Clinical Research Director of CASAWORKS℠ for Families, a national demonstration project designed to help substance-abusing women on welfare.

Dr. Kistenmacher received her B.S. degree in Speech Communications and Pre-medical studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her masters and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon where she specialized in couples treatment. She then completed her clinical internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell College of Medicine where she focused on working with survivors of trauma. Following her internship, she completed a two-year research and clinical fellowship in Addictions at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Kistenmacher is an expert Motivational Interviewing (MI) clinician and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She has conducted numerous Motivational Interviewing workshops nationally and internationally to a variety of mental health, substance abuse, creative arts, welfare, HIV, and child welfare professionals. She also serves as a clinical consultant on NIDA-funded grants, providing training and supervision on Motivational Interviewing.

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Introductory Training
Intermediate training
Advanced training
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Criminal Justice
Mental Health
Organisational Change
Trainer Statement

Dr. Kistenmacher tailors each workshop to meet your needs. She recommends a 3-day workshop over the course of 3 weeks, although she has conducted workshops that last anywhere from 1 hour to 3 days.

Prior to the workshop, participants will be asked to read a few chapters from Miller and Rollnicks’ second edition book; the readings are of course optional. In addition, participants will be asked to complete a “Pre-workshop Questionnaire” which will help Dr. Kistenmacher understand the background, training, and strengths of each workshop attendee.

For a 3-day workshop, the following topics are taught in the form of didactic presentations, role-plays, video demonstrations, tag-team exercises, real plays, small group discussions, and video coding exercises:

Vignettes (3 case studies) – How would you respond?
MI Overview, Road Map for MI, and Video Coding Exercise
Basic Concepts (Theoretical Underpinnings, Background, Research)
The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing
Four Fundamental Principles of Motivational Interviewing
Microskills of a client-centered approach (OARS techniques)
Roadblocks to Reflection
Thinking Reflectively
Forming Reflections
Levels of Reflection
Listening for Change Talk (DARNs of Change Talk)
Reinforcing Change Talk (EARS techniques)
Eliciting Change Talk
What is Resistance?
Strategies for Responding to Resistance
Vignettes (same 3 case examples) – How would you respond now?
Recognizing Readiness for Change (Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2)
Transitioning from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of MI
Developing a Change Plan
Breakout sessions re: translating MI into practice

Although goals and objectives will vary, based on the length of the training, a 3-day training focuses on the following goals: 1) a thorough understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and “spirit” of motivational interviewing; 2) an understanding of when Motivational Interviewing is indicated and when it is not indicated for clients; 3) the ability to begin using Motivational Interviewing in clinical work; and 4) increased motivation to use Motivational Interviewing and to attend more workshops/supervision sessions to improve skills.

A 3-day training focuses on the following objectives: 1) improved skills in both the client-centered and directive aspects of Motivational Interviewing (e.g., expressing empathy through reflection, asking directive, open-ended questions, etc.); 2) improved skills for responding to resistance (e.g., rolling with resistance through double-sided reflections); 3) improved skills re: identifying, reinforcing, and eliciting change talk; and 4) improved skills re: understanding the appropriate timing for moving from Phase 1 of MI to Phase 2 of MI (i.e., knowing when and how to create a change plan).

*Note: Participants are not expected to become proficient Motivational Interviewing clinicians after a 3-day workshop. This counseling method requires in-vivo practice and ongoing supervision.

Training Interests
Addictions; Co-occuring Disorders; Couples and Families; Recovery Coaching; Young Adults;
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