Motivational Interviewing to Facilitate Family Change

This two-day class focuses on key Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques?that gives participants an opportunity to practice and refine their MI skills. Motivational interviewing is an evidence-informed approach to helping people engage and maintain behavior change and is considered a key skill when working with ambivalence. MI is often used as a piece of a comprehensive Safety Organized Practice and can 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.

Participants will:

  • Describe the fundamental style, principals and the “spirit” of MI
  • Identify the four fundamental processes of MI
  • Discuss and demonstrate a communication style that is collaborative, accepting/non-judgmental, positive, hopeful and evocative for change
  • Define O.A.R.S. + I (Open-ended questions, Affirmations, Reflections, Summaries, Information Offering) and demonstrate using more reflections than questions
  • Practice E.A.R.S (Explore (Elaborate), Affirm, Reflect, Summarize)?responses to change talk
  • Demonstrate offering information MI style
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