course »MI Skill Building: Practicing Reflections

Date: 4/12/2017, 9:00 am—12:00 pm
County: Alameda County
CEUs: 2.83
Location: Oakland
Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
Phone: 510-482-2244
When service providers learn the basics of Motivational Interviewing (MI), the common pitfall is to believe that they can fully implement the concepts and tools into their work right away. However, using MI is like playing a musical instrument, which requires ongoing practice and feedback. This 3-hrs workshop is designed to assist participants who have already been to introductory MI trainings before (usually 1-2 days training) practicing using reflections, increasing their reflection to question ratio, as well as increasing their confidence implementing MI. Participants are also encouraged to attend the second part of this training on October 3rd: “Recognizing and Responding to Change Talk”.

Utilizing MI can be very helpful with variety of issues where clients are ambivalent about change. MI reduces resistance and empowers clients to take steps for change. Even though MI evolved from experience in the treatment of substance related issues, the applications are endless, including increasing the treatment engagement with clients who are system-involved. In addition to didactic training, videos, and handouts, participants will practice and experience using MI skills through experiential activities.