Motivational Interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation to strengthen a person’s motivation and and resolve their ambivalence about changing their behavior. It is designed to increase an individual’s motivation for, and movement toward, a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. The skills are simple, yet fundamental. They are also easy to learn but sometimes prove to be challenging to practice.
MI originally emerged in the field of addictions treatment as an alternative to traditional confrontational, authoritarian methods. Since inception, it has proven effective in a wide variety of settings involved in assisting people to make positive behavior changes. MI can apply to many behaviors such as substance dependence, health coaching, mental disorders, problem gambling, parenting and more.
KPCC offers monthly workshops to help participants develop and practice effective motivational interviewing skills. Workshops are (usually) held on the third Thursday of every month from 9:00am-12:00pm. Each workshop is 3 hours in length. Participants can jump in and out of the workshop series at any time. This is a great workshop for counselors, social workers, coaches, nurses, clergy, or anyone who is interested in helping support others make difficult changes in their lives.
To Sign Up:
You can sign up at any time for the next MI workshop. Each workshop is different, and focuses on a different aspect, theme, or techniques. LPC, RN, SW Continuing Education certificates available for 3 hours.