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MI Trainer Presentation

Clinical Assistant Professor
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Sage and Sage Consulting
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116 Groveland Street
New York
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United States
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About Me

Todd has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers since 2016. He is a college professor and licensed drug and alcohol counselor in New York. He teaches graduate classes in Motivational Interviewing, Research, and other practice skills.
His practice experience includes work in substance abuse counseling, domestic violence, with law enforcement, child welfare, and with Veterans.

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Services offered: 
Introductory Training
Intermediate training
Advanced training
Training for Groups
Area of practice: 
Criminal Justice
Mental Health
Organisational Change
Trainer Statement

Training has to be engaging and fun

With years of university teaching experience, we know that nobody likes to sit through long boring lectures and have PowerPoint slides read to them.  We know how adults learn, and are grounded in research on adult learning.  Most of the training day is chunked in to 15-20 minute units followed by hands-on practice or conversation.  We bring in our years of practice experience with child welfare and mental health clients so that we can talk about realistic scenarios- we know what it's like to work with people who experience environmental and personal barriers. We keep it real.


Learners need to know how and why MI works

There's no "black box" to methods when we teach.  Good practitioners don't want just a set of tools, but want to know why and how the tools work.  We teach theory of change, including Stages of Change, motivational theory, and psychological reactance theory. We find that when people know how the tools work they stick to them better. This is especially helpful for reducing conflicts with clients.


We model relationships

Although Motivational Interviewing has good efficacy in research, the literature behind the importance of relationships is just as strong. Motivational Interviewing must be authentically applied in the context of real relationships.  Our philosophy of training models this approach; we need to be real with the people we train and the agencies who ask for our help. This means we'll be as transparent as possible, be genuine in our efforts to support good practice, and provide you with the tools that best meet your needs. Reputation and trust is more important than good advice.

Training Interests
Child Welfare, Substance Use Treatment, Corrections, Social Work, Homeless Outreach, Medical Professionals
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1 year 10 months
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