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Motivational Interviewing: Evidence-based Treatment for Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, and More

Angela Wood, PhD
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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 live webinar 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 live, one day webinar, 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 become the initiator of their change (instead of you!)



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CE credit is available. This course is approved for 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction for Maryland Counselors. The Maryland Board of Professional Counselors recognizes courses and providers that are approved by NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board. This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

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Course Level: Intermediate Format: Synchronous distance.  Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

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Angela Wood, PhD's Profile

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Angela Wood, PhD, is a licensed clinical social worker and board approved supervisor in Louisiana and faculty member at Southeastern Louisiana University with an appointment in the Department of Health and Human Sciences, Social Work Program. She has been contributing faculty with Walden University’s MSW program since 2013. Dr. Wood began practicing MI in 2003 and became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 2016. She earned an MSW from Southern Illinois University in 1992 and a PhD in social work from Tulane University in 2006.

Dr. Wood has led over a hundred MI workshops and seminars since 2005. She is author of the self-help book The Motivational Interviewing Workbook: Exercises to Decide What You Want and How to Get There. Dr. Wood has worked with individuals, groups and families with a variety of health, mental health, addiction and other challenges across outpatient, inpatient, residential and corrections settings. Dr. Wood strives to be engaging and include practical examples to help participants incorporate MI skills and strategies into their current practice.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Angela Wood maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Southeastern Louisiana University, Walden University, and St. Thomas Community Health Center. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Angela Wood is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and the National Association of Social Workers.


Motivational Interviewing Essentials
  • Core Skills and Principles
  • How therapists unintentionally increase resistance
  • Latest Research
Assess and Cultivate 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
  • How to work with clients in “pre-contemplation”
  • Tips to avoid the “righting reflex” and resisting the urge to fix
MI Fundamental Processes for 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
    • Avoiding the “righting reflex” or desire to fix
    • Complex reflection scripts that cultivate change
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
      • 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


  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.

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


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