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Motivational Interviewing

Chuck Smith & Julia Simmons

Intended Audience:
These programs are open first to the Child Welfare Casework staff of the DHHS Office of Child and Family Services.  Foster and Adoptive Parents may also attend and are considered to have priority standing.  When space is available, those who work in agencies providing services to children and their families may sign up.

Credit: 0.6 ceu's

This training course aims to provide workers with a basic framework to understand and analyze motivation and change. It also aims to teach the core motivational interviewing skills of exploring an individual's ambivalence and eliciting change talk that are required to use with the model of change. The Protchaska and DiClimenti model of change can accomodate a range of therapeutic methods and can be applied equally to clinical, organizational and personal problem-solving. It is augmented by a study of Morrison's seven stages of contemplation. A plan is put in place a the culmination of training for trainees to use Motivational Interviewing with a number of their clients.