Trainer: Alicia Shiver MA/LADAC/LMHC, Lindsay Worth MA/MPA/LMHC

12 Social Work CEUs (Also Accepted by NM Counseling Board)

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is “a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own commitment to change” (Miller & Rollnick, 2013) and is recognized as an evidence-based practice. Providers who are trained in MI learn how to support people who are contemplating change through reflective and empathic listening, focusing and evoking change talk.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) has become a gold-standard communication style used in behavioral health, medical and judicial settings, but do people who are trained actually become proficient in MI after a standard two-day class? The answer to this question is a resounding “no”. Although participants in an introductory workshop often report feeling confident in their new MI skills, changes in practice behavior are usually modest at best (Miller & Mount, 2001) and quickly diminish after training if nothing more is done to consolidate them (Miller, et al., 2004; Schwalbe, et al., 2014). This advanced workshop is designed to offer opportunities for continued learning and practice by focusing on skill building through practice and feedback.

Anyone who has taken an Introduction to Motivational Interviewing training.