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Motivational Interviewing

  • San Joaquin Room 4615 North Marty Avenue Fresno, CA, 93722 United States (map)

Motivational Interviewing!


Motivational Interviewing is an effective approach in the treatment of challenging clients, and provide participants with an opportunity to explore creative ways of integrating these approaches into an effective therapeutic intervention. Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered, evidence-based, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence.

Day One (6 hours/CEU’s) - Day one will cover the definition of the Motivational Interviewing (MI) approach and the relevance of MI skills in the behavioral healthcare practice. The trainer will review the “spirit” of MI that helps to increase engagement and motivation. She will also teach the essential concepts of MI including the process of the approach, stages of change, effective engagement, eliciting “change talk”, and the basic MI skill set. In addition, methods to set specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timed goals will also be reviewed, as well as how to negotiate a change (treatment plan).

Upon completion of Day One, attendees will: 
+ Discuss the concept of “Spirit of MI” and how to use the spirit to create a culturally responsive and trauma-informed approach to care. 
+ List the four processes of MI and how each can be used to diminish resistance, focus care and assist in creating client-driven treatment planning. 
+ Demonstrate the five fundamental micro-skills of MI and the ways to use skills to promote behavioral change, including individuals with thought and personality go over again disorders. 
+ Summarize the basic steps of Brief Action Planning (adapted MI) for brief visits
+ Assess steps for implementation of MI in public behavioral health settings

Day Two (6 hours/CEU’s) - Day two will review of the MI “spirit” and skills. The trainer will focus on developing the concept of “change talk” and ways to elicit and deepen the dialogue that moves individuals toward initiating, sustaining, and attending to change behavior. The second day also focuses on additional practice, and attention will be given to ways to strategically use MI to address challenging situations.

Upon completion of Day Two, attendees will:
+ Summarize and further practice using interaction techniques essential in all four MI processes: Open ended questions, reflections, affirmation and summaries.
+ Identify change talk and use evocative questions, reflections, affirmations and summary to promote the development of change talk.
+ Provide information and advice using the E-P-E model of interaction
+ Apply Motivational Interviewing interaction techniques and “circle agenda” to assist patients with focusing on change behavior.
+ Practice using reflection of change talk and change summaries to move toward action planning.

Who should attend: Counselors, therapists, probation/parole officers and medical personnel working in mental health or addiction treatment programs.

Cost: $300  CEU's - $20 Attendance of this training meets the qualifications for either 12 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and/or LEP’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Prov. # 131780.  Certificates will be hand delivered at time of training sign-out

Presenter -  Kristin Dempsey is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  Currently, she oversees the Greater Bay Area Mental Health and Education Workforce Collaborative. Kristin has worked as a clinician specializing in the treatment of dual diagnosis (mental health and substance issues) and later oversaw quality improvement efforts to integrate mental health and substance abuse services for San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. She has clinical experience in treating alcohol and other drug issues, trauma, adolescent, child and family treatment, and issues related to women’s health and pregnancy counseling. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, is a master trainer for Applied Suicide Interventional Skills Training and trains on the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. Currently, she teaches in graduate counseling programs at San Francisco State University.

Training Schedule

Day 1
8:30a              Registration
9:00a              Introduction – Motivational Interviewing: is it “what I already do”? How does it fit in with all the other Evidence Bases Practices we’ve been trying to learn?
9:30-10:30a    Spirit of MI (exercise)
10:30-10:45a   Break
10:45a-12p       A guiding approach and applying structure to manage the therapeutic process (video)
12p-12:30p       Lunch (on your own)
1P-2:30p          Techniques of MI – the skills, practice, and how they work with challenging presentations (exercises)
2:30p-2:45p    Break
2:45p-4p         Continue techniques; intro to Brief Action Planning; putting it all together (exercises) (video)
4:00p-4:30p    Next steps and embedding the model in practice; evaluation

8:30a                Registration
9:00a                Introduction – Review of Day 1 – What is MI? 20-minute review video
9:30a-10:30a    Practice Exercise: Batting practice! Review and practice of the four interaction techniques. Demonstration of E-P-E technique of giving advice and information - How is this technique useful in primary care?
10:30a-10:45a    Break
10:45a-12p          Further developing change talk. Identifying Change Talk as a strategy in primary and behavioral health care. Practice exercises: Drumming for change and Using your EARS – Evocation, affirmation, reflection and summary to promote change talk.
12:00p-12:30p     Lunch (on your own)
12:30p-2p            Coding Exercise: Reviewing the video, identify the OARS and Change Talk. Practice: Engaging with OARS and Moving Moving to FOCUS stage using the circle agenda
2:00p-2:15 p     Break
2:15p-3:30p       Practice:  Evoking change talk and moving into PLANNING stage. Brief review, next steps and evaluation.
3:30p-4p           Next steps and embedding the model in practice; evaluation

Cancelations/Grievances/ADA: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs. Full Refunds will be provided with 2 day written notice of cancelation. Cancelations less than 2 days prior to event or in cases of Non-Attendance refunds will not be granted. If you have questions or to report grievances, please contact Cristina Rodriguez 559-256-0985 email:

California Psychological Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and/or LEP’s. California Psychological Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course content. 

Registration fee includes light continental breakfast or afternoon refreshments and Certificate of Completion and/or Continuing Education Units and session handouts. Lunch will not be provided.