Introduction to Motivation Interviewing (6 hours) - May 20th Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based practice used to build motivation for change and reduce resistance when engaging clients in the treatment process. While MI has commonly been applied in the field of addictions, current research supports the application of MI in health, mental health, and adult and juvenile justice settings. This workshop, designed for entry-level and intermediate clinicians, will describe the approach (the spirit and principles of MI) as well as provide participants the opportunity to practice applying the core counseling skills (OARS). Learning objectives Participants will be able to: 1. Describe the philosophy, spirit, and principles of Motivational Interviewing. 2. Identify “change talk” vs. “sustain-talk” from clients. 3. Demonstrate the application of core counseling skills to elicit change talk. Advanced Motivational Interviewing Skills: Sustain Talk to Change Talk (6 hours) - June 18th The Advanced workshop is intended for individuals who have some exposure to Motivational Interviewing and its concepts and clinical application. The 6.0-hour session will briefly review the core concepts and skills. The session will then discuss and practice strategies to elicit and respond to change talk. For the client who is reluctant to change, specific strategies will address sustain talk, discord, and building discrepancy. Participants are encouraged to engage in self-evaluation and bring case examples as desired. Learning objectives Participants will be able to: 1. Recognize change talk 2. Use strategies to elicit and respond to change talk 3. Demonstrate the application of core counseling skills to respond to change talk. 4. Understand the difference between sustain talk and discord 5. Demonstrate improved proficiency in the use of counseling strategies to reduce sustain talk and address discord 6. Identify strategies to develop discrepancy and build ambivalence in clients who are pre-contemplative. Presenter Bio Dr. Angela “Angie” Wood earned her MSW from Southern Illinois University in 1992, and a Ph.D. in social work from Tulane University in 2006. She has been a licensed clinical social worker for over 20 years, working in a variety of behavioral health settings such as addictions, mental health, criminal/juvenile justice, and family preservation. As a workshop trainer and educator for 15 years, Dr. Wood has presented on clinical supervision, motivational interviewing, and substance abuse. Her research interests include the dissemination and implementation of motivational interviewing across practice settings. Dr. Wood is an instructor and Field Coordinator for the undergraduate social work program at Southeastern Louisiana University and has been teaching online for Walden University’s School of Social Work and Human Services since 2013. She is one of two members of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers residing in Louisiana, presenting nearly 40 workshops related to motivational interviewing in the past two years alone. FAQs Do I have to attend both training sessions? Yes, all behavioral health service providers who register for this event are expected to participate in both days of training. Is it mandatory to RSVP? There is limited availability of seats available this training. We will follow up with those who have registered the week prior to confirm attendance. If participants drop out, we will contact those on the wait list. Will this training be offered in other regions/dates? Yes, please see our event page for all dates. This training will take place in May/June in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and Lafayette, Louisiana. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Please contact Dr. Angela Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lindsay Simpson (Center for Evidence to Practice) at email@example.com.