Professional Development

Motivational Interviewing for Employment Services

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM


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Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. (Miller & Rollnick, 2009, p. 137). Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based practice that addresses ambivalence to change, it is a conversational approach designed to help people with the following:
  • Discover their own interest in considering something they wish to change such as work readiness
  • Express in their own words their desire for change (i.e., "change-talk")
  • Examine their ambivalence about the change
  • Plan for and begin the process of change
  • Elicit and strengthen change-talk
  • Enhance their confidence in taking action and noticing that even small, incremental changes are important
  • Strengthen their commitment to change
Learning Objectives
Providers will gain an understanding of motivational interviewing principles, techniques and how they can be used as an effective strategy for engaging clients in behavior change. Through discussion and role-playing, participants will learn and practice these essential skills.
Learning Outcomes:
  1. Principles of Motivational Interviewing
  2. Clinician Tasks in Motivational Interviewing
  3. Motivational Interviewing Skills and Strategies
  4. Recognizing and Eliciting Change Talk
  5. Making an Action Plan

Last Updated: 02/04/19