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Implementing Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is widely used and it is an efficient way to get your patients to increase their motivation to change. But, knowing how and when to implement the techniques isn’t an easy skill to master. In this program Marlisa Brown, will demonstrate different strategies by reviewing her own successful techniques. These insightful and practical tips will increase your confidence and enhance your motivational interviewing skills. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve the care you provide; your patients will thank you!

Program Information

Target Audience

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists


  1. Assess a patient’s readiness to change.
  2. Select the appropriate response based on motivational interviewing techniques.
  3. Evaluate the patient’s emotional state and utilize appropriate counseling skills.
  4. Adapt a more individualized approach to patient care.


Methods of Assessment

  • Identifying Patient Concerns
  • Working as the Collaborator, Not the Expert
Know your Role with Behavior Change
  • The 80/20 Talking Rule
  • Stages of Change
  • Behavior Change Strategies
  • SMART Goals
  • Motivational Interviewing Techniques
Helpful Tools
  • Learning Styles
  • Psycho-Social Considerations
  • Environment & Economic Considerations
  • Cultural Competency

Copyright : 04/28/2018

Motivational Interviewing: Evidence-based treatment for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and more

Working with clients who resist change is exhausting and time consuming…

…And you may be increasing client resistance without even knowing it.

You spend valuable session time chipping away at the resistance to change. Then in your “off” time, you spend time thinking about why they can’t change or where you might be missing the mark in your treatment approach and therapeutic relationship.

Motivational Interviewing is an effective evidence-based treatment and it’s not just for substance abuse.

Motivational Interviewing can provide you with the approach you need to ease your effort as a clinician and motivate clients to want to change.

In this 1-day seminar with Motivational Interviewing expert Angie Wood, you will walk away with:

  • Tools to increase client motivation with depression, anxiety, substance abuse and trauma.
  • Fewer no shows, better adherence to your treatments and clients invested in the therapeutic process.
  • Powerful interventions to ease your effort as a therapist!

Angela Wood, PhD, has been a therapist for over 20 years and led hundreds of clinicians in learning Motivational Interviewing. The author of The Motivational Interviewing Workbook: Exercises to Decide What you Want and How to Get There, Angie has helped thousands of clients better understand their fear of change and create a safe path to actionable change behaviors.

In this one day seminar, Angela will share with you the most common reasons people resist change and the clinical tools to help you experience more ease as a clinician while the client experiences faster symptom relief and accomplished goals in therapy.

Packed with proven Motivational Interviewing techniques, visual tools, case studies, and experiential exercises, you will be able to feel excited as you help the client becomes the initiator of their change (instead of you!)

Program Information


  1. Apply strategies to improve clinical outcomes with clients who are resistant to change.
  2. Assess barriers to eliciting commitment to change.
  3. Employ strategies to improve responses to sustain talk.
  4. Implement techniques to help clients build importance for change.
  5. Employ ways to strengthen hope and reinforce client efforts.
  6. Apply methods to promote clients’ confidence to change.


Motivational Interviewing Essentials

  • Core Skills and Principles
  • How therapists unintentionally increase resistance
  • Latest Research
Assess Readiness for Change
  • Brief Review Stages of Change model (Prochaska & Diclemente’s model)
  • The role of importance and confidence
  • Types of change talk found in specific stages of change
  • Tips to avoid the “righting reflex” and resisting the urge to fix
MI Fundamental Process to Cultivate Change
  • Engaging for a strong working alliance
    • Pitfalls of engagement
    • Overcoming disengagement
  • Focusing for Shared Goal Setting
    • Sources of Focus
    • Identifying “Change Targets”
    • “Zooming in” for Goal Setting
  • Evoking for Change Talk
    • Identifying Change Talk vs. Sustain Talk (aka, client excuses)
    • Strengthening Change Talk
    • Reflective responses to reduce client excuses
  • Case example: Carl, 67 year-old, with chronic health conditions (video vignette)
  • Planning for the “How” of Change
    • How and when to plan
    • Building the roadmap to change
    • Goal development
Importance Scales—Increase conviction to change for clients
  • Develop discrepancy
    • Why discrepancy motivates clients
    • When to develop discrepancy to improve outcomes
    • Examples of what to say to develop discrepancy
    • Discrepancy developing strategies:
      • Exchanging information
      • Provide feedback
      • Ask about other people’s concerns
      • Supporting autonomy
  • Case example: Darryl, 16 year-old, youth involved in juvenile justice system
Confidence Scales—Increase self-efficacy for clients
  • Build hope and confidence
    • How hope and confidence drive change and motivation
    • Clinical activities that cultivate hope and confidence
    • 9 strategies to build genuine client confidence
    • How to reinforce progress and find inspiration to strengthen hope
  • Case example: Julie, 55 year-old, divorced female with anxiety and depression
  • Special Topics
    • Reduce no shows & empower mandated clients
    • How to work with pre-contemplation clients
    • Limitations of the research and potential risks

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

Copyright : 12/15/2022

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!

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

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!

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 High-Functioning Autism in Adulthood: An Insider’s Perspective

Join autism expert Sean Inderbitzen, APSW, MINT, as he teaches you—from an insider’s perspective— how to use Motivational Interviewing techniques (MI) with your adult clients on the autism spectrum.

In this rare opportunity, Sean will guide you through MI techniques that will help your clients improve: 

  • Anxiety and depression 
  • Social pragmatics 
  • Communication 
  • Self-esteem  
  • Emotion identification 
  • Intrinsic motivation 
  • “Black” and “white” thinking 
  • Navigating ambiguity 
  • Find what changes to pursue  
  • Resistance to change 

Learning effective techniques from a clinician on the spectrum, will give you the essential skills and perspective you need to help your clients overcome the treatment obstacles that can impede the therapy they desperately need.

Stop feeling frustrated, ineffective, and perpetually stuck at square one in therapy!

Program Information


  1. Justify the importance of using person-centered strategies with ASD patients.
  2. Utilize MI to integrate understanding of pragmatic language skills, motivation and depressive symptoms.
  3. Employ MI strategies such as flipping the righting reflex, menu of options type questions and OARS to treat anxiety and depression in adults with HFA.


  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) and ASD: What the Research Says 
    • Matching developmental freedom and personal autonomy: Activity 
    • Recommendations for balancing safety and autonomy 
    • Person-centered strategies and their impact on patients with ASD 
    • Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) and MI  
  • MI Techniques for Improving Pragmatic Language 
    • Exercise on social pragmatics and depression (Thomas Gordon’s process) 
    • Case study: Social pragmatics and meaning making 
    • Social pragmatics and its effect on self-esteem and motivation 
    • Help clients navigate ambiguity 
    • Decreasing “black” and “white” thinking patterns 
    • Increasing clients ability to identify reasons for change and build motivation 
    • Responding to change talk in HFA 
    • Hacks for social pragmatics 
  • MI Strategies for Treating Anxiety and Depression 
    • Recognize “black” and “white” thinking patterns 
    • Open-ended questions, Affirmations, Reflections and Summaries (OARS) 
    • Cultivate change talk for motivation: Case example 
    • OARS real play activity 
    • Flipping the righting reflex demonstration 
    • Evoking confidence for change in HFA: Exercise 
    • Menu of Options – using closed-ended questions 
    • MI risk and limitations in ASD population 

Target Audience

  • Addiction Professionals 
  • Case Managers 
  • Dieticians 
  • Licensed Clinical/Mental Health Counselors 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Nurses 
  • Nursing Home/Assisted Living Administrators 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants 
  • Physical Therapists 
  • Psychologists 
  • School Administrators 
  • Social Workers 
  • Speech-Language Pathologists 
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel 

Copyright : 04/23/2021