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Motivational Interviewing
Motivational Interviewing

Where:  DEDHAM, MA

When:  Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Complete this seminar and get the latest, updated Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques recently released by MI founders Drs. Miller and Rollnick. Join experienced MI trainer, Christopher C. Wagner, Ph.D., member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and learn how to integrate MI skills into your practice – newly adapted for common clinical problems beyond addiction treatment.

Take away the four processes approach to MI that now make the skills more accessible and useful in your everyday clinical practice. This seminar shows you how MI can be used to enhance engagement in treatments other than MI. Learn evidence-based skills to adapt and integrate MI with other treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Interpersonal and Social Rhythms Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. This seminar also addresses the time-crunch dilemma of many clinicians, and teaches specific ways to use MI for more brief counseling sessions.
  1. Identify the relational and technical components that make MI work.
  2. Explain how the 4 processes and OARS skills of MI help change happen.
  3. Explore ways to elicit and respond effectively to change talk.
  4. Discuss specific ways to help your clients resolve ambivalence and talk themselves into change.
  5. Develop strategies for working effectively with clients who seem “resistant” to change.
  6. Summarize how to effectively use MI with specific disorders.

  • What is motivation?
  • How ambivalence fits
  • Stages of change
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Conversations about change
  • Resolve ambivalence about change
  • The relational and technical components that make MI work
The 4 Processes of MI

1. Engaging: The Relational Foundation
  • MI Spirit: PACE
    • Partnership
    • Acceptance
    • Compassion
    • Empathy
  • Learning to listen reflectively – the backbone of MI
  • Core MI skills: OARS
    • Open-questions
    • Affirmations
    • Reflections
    • Summaries
2. Focusing: The Strategic Direction
  • Finding a focus
  • Matching your agenda to the client’s concerns
  • Exchanging information
3. Evoking: Preparation for Change
  • Importance of change talk – a key ingredient of MI
    • Listening for and responding to change
    • Listening for specific kinds of change talk:
      • DARN (preparatory change talk)
      • CATS (mobilizing change talk)
    • Elicit more and elaborate on change talk – so that people “talk themselves into change”
  • Responding to “resistance” in clients – redefined in MI-3 as sustain talk plus discord in the therapeutic relationship
  • Developing discrepancy
  • Evoking hope and confidence
4. Planning: The Bridge to Change
  • How and when to plan
  • Calling on the CATS
  • Summarizing and then asking a key question
Putting it All Together
  • Test your skills by coding a video of MI in action
MI and Clinical Problems
  • MI + Depression and Anxiety
    • Enhance treatment engagement
    • Potentiate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Suicidal clients
  • MI + Addictive Behaviors
    • MI and substance abuse
    • MI and other addictive/compulsive behaviors
    • MI and 12 steps


Christopher C. Wagner, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia and faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University, with appointments in Rehabilitation Counseling, Psychology and Psychiatry. He began practicing MI in the 1990s, and became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 1998. From 2000-2008, he served in leadership positions in MINT, twice as chair of the network, and he has led three of their international training of trainers events. Dr. Wagner has offered hundreds of MI trainings in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia/Oceania. In addition to focusing on clinical and theoretical advances in individual MI, he has also developed group applications of MI, and is lead author on the official Guilford series book on that topic, co-written with long-term colleague Karen Ingersoll.

He has worked with individuals with a variety of health, mental health, addiction and employment challenges across outpatient, inpatient, residential and corrections settings. Dr. Wagner’s trainings are highly engaging and focused on helping participants incorporate MI skills and strategies into their current style of practice.

Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Christopher Wagner is an associate professor for Virginia Commonwealth University. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Christopher Wagner has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
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This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

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MASSACHUSETTS COUNSELORS: This program has been approved for 6.25 Category I MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR. Expires: 10/19/17.

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This activity qualifies for 6.25 contact hours.

PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

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