Motivational Interviewing to Facilitate Family Change

Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-informed approach to helping people engage in and maintain behavior change, and is considered a key skill when working with resistance. MI is often used as a piece of a comprehensive Safety Organized Practice and can even be combined with other interviewing techniques, especially when helping families make healthy behavior changes. This in-depth course has been structured to allow social workers an opportunity to acquire, practice and improve discreet MI skills and techniques. The training will be split into two parts.

Part 1: The Skills and Process of Helping People Change

This is a full two-day, in-class session and focuses on key MI techniques and gives participants an opportunity to practice and refine their MI skills.


Part 2: Online learning and coaching after classroom sessions

A  follow-up to the in-class sessions, Part 2 is comprised of three online, one hour meetings.

After attending all three parts of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the core components of motivational interviewing, including the four-process framework
  • Use skills for evoking motivation to change that increases connection to children and parents
  • Avoid argumentation and bypass
  • Understand the role of ambivalence that keeps people “stuck” in behavior patterns and how to influence this dynamic toward change
  • Refine reflections (and watch them have a bigger impact)
  • Generate affirmations and complex reflections in response to parent/child statements
  • Constructively respond to parent and child statements where there is little motivation to change

This series will include multimedia presentations, advanced learning materials, role playing, video demonstrations, small group activities, group coaching and numerous opportunities for participants to practice and receive supportive coaching and feedback.

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