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Trauma-Informed Motivational Interviewing: A Foundational Approach to Engage and Treat Complex Clients

Whether you’re in the middle of deep emotional processing or having your first session…

Every step of your care should be trauma-informed.

However, many of us have learned certain approaches, such as Motivational Interviewing, without learning how to integrate trauma-informed care.

Here’s your opportunity to learn the skills to integrate the sensitivity of trauma-informed care with the life-changing power of Motivational Interviewing.

Join international trainers Ali Hall and Kristin Dempsey for a cutting-edge, trauma-informed motivational interviewing course that will enhance your therapy, at any level. In this unique training, you’ll learn techniques to:

  • Use a client-driven approach, empowering clients to do their own trauma processing
  • Support client’s sense of responsibility so they can start taking action in their life
  • Expand your perspective and assessment beyond just looking at symptoms
  • Apply concepts from research on neuroscience and nervous system arousal to help clients regulate

Transform your client’s lives by helping them put their trauma to rest and finding a path forward!

Program Information


  1. Utilize the four components of the Spirit of MI to engage individuals in conversations about change.
  2. Theorize each of the four process stages of motivational interviewing and state how each contributes to building motivation to change.
  3. Practice dialogues that focus on change talk, validation and other motivational strategies.
  4. Evaluate five tenets trauma-informed care to effectively use motivational interviewing with clients displaying symptoms of trauma.
  5. Practice eight evidence-based micro skills and attitudes common to motivational interviewing that promote change across therapeutic modalities.
  6. Demonstrate how each of the five motivational interviewing microskills can be used to address client trauma.
  7. Create therapeutic responses addressing trauma using the five motivational interviewing microskills.
  8. Formulate MI interventions that are sensitive to common co-occurring disorders including anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.
  9. Apply MI strategies to assess for suicide and move clients toward stability.
  10. Analyze role-play demonstration to enhance ability to apply MI strategies with challenging client problems.


Module One: Motivational Interviewing Foundations

  • Ingredients
    • Four Processes
    • Microskills (common therapeutic factors) 
    • Exchanging Information
    • Language Types
    • Focus on change target
    • Elicitation and elaboration of change talk
  • The Spirit of MI
    • Using PACE
    • How to create partnership
    • What “acceptance” sounds like
    • How to use “compassionate detachment”
    • OARS, DARN CAT & change talk
  • Exercises & Techniques for Action
    • Sample questions to elicit & strengthen motivation
    • Personal reflection
    • Common responses to MI    
    • Counter client ambivalence 
    • How to use a strengths-based lens
Module Two: Trauma-Informed Motivational Interviewing
  • Why use a Trauma-Informed Approach?
    • The link between MI & Trauma care
    • What diagnosis misses
    • Bring the past into the present
    • Trauma basics – types, examples, ACES
    • What does a symptom really mean?
    • PTSD & the brain
  • Trauma-Informed MI: How it Works
    • A “person-driven” approach
    • Build client autonomy and collaboration with client
    • The window of tolerance & optimal arousal for change
    • Reframe questions to avoid pathologizing client experience
    • Components of a trauma-informed care system
  • Trauma-Informed MI Skills in Action
    • Righting Reflex and Roadblocks to Listening
    • Crosswalk between TI approach and MI
    • Spot clients “out of control” feelings
    • Building a safe environment 
    • Create self-advocacy & empowerment
    • Cultivate Post-traumatic growth
Module 3: Engaging/Responding
  • Engage Your Trauma Clients More
    • Honor the client’s trauma reality
    • Create a trauma-narrative with open-ended questions
    • Use affirmations strengthen abilities & internal resources
    • Reduce trauma-induced confusion & overwhelm
    • Give clients choice & access to their own ideas for change – with client permission
  • MI Techniques: Mirco Skills, Big Changes
    • Provide-Elicit-Provide
    • The communication process
    • The reflective listening process
    • Open-ended questions with traumatized clients
    • Sharing Information & Advising - What’s your role in legal advice?
Module 4: Co-Occurring Disorders & Crisis Response
  • The Nature of Co-Occurring Disorders 
    • The expectation, not the exception
    • When it’s complex, keep it simple
    • 12 Steps to assessment
    • 10 Guidelines for developing a therapeutic alliance with COD folks
    • What you can do to reduce treatment barriers
    • Discord and repair conversations
    • Specific skills for Depression, Anxiety, Suicidal Ideation
    • Practice dialogues
  • De-escalating Suicidal Clients with MI
    • Moving from Focusing to Engaging
    • Evoking strategies – You are Medicine
    • Putting change talk into Safety Planning
    • SHORES – Protective factors
    • Examples of MI used in crisis situations: Self-harming adolescents and individual impacted by natural disasters
Module 5: Working with Mandated Clients
  • The role for MI
  • Create a shared agenda
  • Support autonomy and reduce discord
  • The four processes of MI applied
  • Effective responses with mandated clients
  • Demonstration: Getting on the same team & repairing relationship

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Probation/Parole Officers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals
  • Other Rehab Professionals
  • Other healthcare professionals

Copyright : 08/03/2022

Integrate Motivational Interviewing with CBT & DBT: Blend Popular Approaches for Comprehensive Treatment

Dry therapy doesn’t engage clients.

Especially when you’re working with clients that present with multiple problems at once…

You need to meet them where they’re at and have training skills and techniques to move them forward.

Give your therapy the boost it needs – gain skills to integrate CBT and DBT into the powerful approach of Motivational Interviewing.

Join Kristin Dempsey and Ali Hall and learn concrete skills you can use tomorrow in session to get more client engagement, less resistance, greater therapy compliancy and enhanced outcomes. You’ll learn how to…

  • Know when to use CBT or MI or both
  • Use DBT as a guiding style for therapy
  • Apply 8 clinical skills for change across all modalities
  • Engage clients in conversation that instills hope for change

Plus, you’ll get real-world case studies to help you apply concepts and strategies!

Register now!

Program Information


  1. Implement MI techniques in such a way to support other treatment modalities, specifically DBT and CBT.
  2. Theorize common factors between Motivational Interviewing, DBT and CBT.
  3. Practice transdiagnostic skills of “exchanging information,” to enhance therapy across any modality used.


Clinical skills That Matter Across All Modalities

  • What skills are essential?
  • What we’ve learned across all modalities
  • 8 Must-do skills
  • Carl Rogers & MI
  • How effective implementation looks
  • More than just “exchanging information”
  • Instilling hope
Blending CBT & MI
  • How CBT supports MI
  • Identifying the common factors
  • Know when to use CBT vs MI, or both
  • Explore Stages of Change to activate behavior
  • 2 Case Examples
Blending DBT & MI
  • Identifying common factors
  • Incorporating metaphor
  • Using MI to get client homework done
  • “Guiding” style

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Health Coaches
  • Probation/Parole Officers
  • Other behavioral health professionals
  • Other Healthcare Professionals
  • Other Rehab Professionals

Copyright : 09/22/2022

Motivational Interviewing for Group Therapy: Clinical Skills that Drive Collaboration and Change

It’s easy for a therapist to feel overpowered in a group therapy.

Clients may redirect conversation away from the target or they might not talk at all…

And sometimes, you even have clients who get into arguments with one another.

Luckily for you, motivational interviewing skills can be a highly-effective for group therapy.

Join Ali Hall and Kristin Dempsey for a training that takes simple motivational interviewing skills and gives you training to use them in group settings. Gain motivational interviewing skills that will help you keep groups on topic, productive, collaborative, cohesive and change generating.

You’ll learn:

  • How to keep conversation healthy, even with conflicting ideas
  • How to integrate the principles on MI into each stage of group development
  • Basic to advanced conversation shaping to keep clients focused & on topic

Empower yourself to lead great therapy groups!

Register now and never miss a beat, even with the most challenging groups!

Program Information


  1. Appraise three ways the group therapeutic factors connect to the “spirit” of MI.
  2. Theorize how the process of MI corresponds to Tuckman’s stages of group development.


Integrating MI Processes into Group Therapy

  • Facilitating in an MI style
  • Therapeutic group fractors
  • What is “motivational content”?
  • Four foundational processes of MI in groups
  • Closed and open group considerations
  • Create group guidelines
  • Preventing unhelpful topic shifting
Concrete Skills for MI Groups
  • Basic to advanced conversation shaping
  • Blending MI with Tuckman’s Stages of Group Development
  • Planning, evoking, focusing, engaging
  • Invitations vs. expectations
  • Elicit group discussion & pair work

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Health Coaches
  • Probation/Parole Officers
  • Other behavioral health professionals
  • Other Healthcare Professionals
  • Other Rehab Professionals

Copyright : 09/22/2022

Motivational Interview Skills for Macro-Trauma: Help Clients Overcome the Impact of Collective, Racial & Systemic Trauma

As a therapist it can feel impossible to help clients who have been impacted by “macro” trauma, such as racial inequity, mass violence, systemic prejudice and other problems.

You need skills to help empower your clients to take action in their lives, even in the face of these unique challenges.

Gain culturally competent marco-motivational interviewing skills to support clients. In this unique training from Kristin Dempsey and Ali Hall you’ll explore how to:

  • Connect traditional MI skills to macro problems to help clients combat inner pain from collective trauma
  • Keep clients motivated to improve their lives in the face of inequities
  • Empower your clients to become advocates for change in their communities
  • Use reciprocity and mutuality to increase collaboration and alignment in session

Transform client’s barriers to change into stepping stones to a better life...

And, know that you can help your clients no matter what they're up against!

Program Information


  1. Theorize how “socially-engineered trauma” impacts your client’s mental health.
  2. Implement motivational interviewing skills with consideration of the SHARP model to create cultural humility and sensitivity.


What is Macro Trauma? And, It’s Impact

  • Level of intervention: micro, macro, mezzo
  • How does it mean to work with macro-trauma?
  • What is “Socially Engineered Trauma” & how does it impact therapy?
  • Impact of macro-structures on mental health
  • Connecting macro to micro trauma
Step-By-Step MI Skills for Macro Trauma
  • The 4 MI processed and Marco MI
  • SHAPRE core elements: society structure, historical context, analysis of role, reciprocity, mutuality & power
  • Activism, organizing and consciousness-raising for PTSD 
  • Protect communities from trauma
  • MI and Social dominance, justice and healing-centered Engagement
  • Open ended questions and macro change
  • Demonstration: How does Macro MI sound in session? 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Health Coaches
  • Probation/Parole Officers
  • Other behavioral health professionals
  • Other healthcare professionals
  • Other Rehab professionals
  • Other professionals who work with kids

Copyright : 09/22/2022

Motivational Interviewing for Mental Health Clinicians

Conversations about change can be challenging. In this motivational interviewing (MI) toolkit, you will find a variety of tools and strategies designed to help you apply the spirit of MI so you can more effectively evoke people’s own interests, experiences, and good ideas for change. Designed for mental health clinicians who want to deepen their learning and proficiency, this toolkit provides:

  • Examples of how to use MI to support people experiencing a variety of mental health issues
  • Activities to help you more deeply explore the fundamental concepts, spirit, and tools of MI
  • Sample conversation scripts that demonstrate the MI skills in practice
  • Exercises to assess your progress and gain confidence in your skills

Most importantly, this toolkit offers a variety of flexible opportunities for you to actively practice the core skills of MI: Use them on your own, with a partner, with a team of colleagues, or within an MI learning community.