Change is difficult for most persons, yet change is the driving force behind most service planning and goal-setting. Motivational Interviewing (MI), developed by Miller and Rollnick, is an intervention that helps people recognize and address problem behavior (present or potential), and is intended to help resolve ambivalence and to get a person moving along the path to change. MI serves as an important prelude to other treatment and services by creating an "openness" to change, which paves the way for further important therapeutic work. This training provides an introduction to the basic principles and skills associated with MI including OARS, expressing empathy, rolling with resistance, and avoiding common roadblocks to change.
It also offers a foundation for Motivational Interviewing Part 2, which expands these skills into actual "change talk" and promotion of commitment to change. Staff members trained in MI are often able to work effectively with the change process that many service recipients go through in their personal journeys towards recovery.
Motivational Interviewing part 1 is a two part series. If you are planning on attending MI part 2 you must attend MI part 1 first.
Accredited as a New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course and OASAS Certified
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