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Wed, Sep 30


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Building Relationships with Multi-System Involved Youth and Families: Collaboration, Engaging and Reframing

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Building Relationships with Multi-System Involved Youth and Families: Collaboration, Engaging and Reframing
Building Relationships with Multi-System Involved Youth and Families: Collaboration, Engaging and Reframing

Time & Location

Sep 30, 2020, 9:00 AM – 4:45 PM

Online Event

About the Event

Marya Wright, ACSW

Training Description

By attending this 7.75-hour course, attendees will have a generalized understanding of the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI). Participants will gain practical skills to begin utilization of MI skills into their current work to collaborate with youth, families and the community. Attendees will learn how to engage youth and family’s current motivation to change a particular behavior and then learn how to use MI open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (OARS) along with the skills and concepts to understand the spirit of MI, the four processes of MI, value work, assessing the client communication (sustain talk, change talk, discord), goal setting/focusing, and change plans to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. Attended will process and apply the skills with exercises, in small groups and in group role plays.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the general concepts of MI
  • Synthesize the spirit of MI in your work and dealings with others; and identify and explain the four processes of MI
  • Identify and explain OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries.


9:00a – 10:00a Welcome & Introductions

10:00a – 10:10a Agenda, Overview, Objectives and Learning Goals

10:10a – 10:20a What ISNT MI, What is MI and how can we use it to collaborate

10:20a – 10:30a Five MI Assumptions & Assumption Worksheet

10:30a – 10:45a Righting Reflex

10:45a – 11:00a Sprint of MI to engage

11:00a – 11:15a BREAK (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

11:15a – 12:00p Four Processes to engage (Engaging, Focusing, Evoking & Planning)

12:00p – 1:00p LUNCH (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

1:00p – 1:30p Sustain Talk, Discord, Change Talk to reframe

1:30p – 2:00p Open ended questions & Affirmations

2:00p – 2:20p Reframing Problematic Behaviors

2:20p – 2:30p Reflect on Assumptions Worksheet

2:30p – 2:45p BREAK (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

2:45p – 3:15p Affirmations & Summaries

3:15p – 3:30p DARN CAT

3:30p – 4:15p Teach Back

4:15p – 4:30p Questions/Answers

4:30p – 4:45p Evaluation & Closing

Meet Our Trainer

Marya Wright, MSW is registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (#81167) with the Board of Behavioral Sciences working to obtain her LCSW. Marya is currently employed as a Child Welfare Worker II in the Dependency Investigation Unit. Marya is responsible for conducting investigations and making assessments based on the Welfare & Institutions Code section 300 regarding child abuse, neglect and exploitation based off clear and convincing evidence of risk to the child and on the legality of Court intervention.

As a graduate from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work, Marya focused on Child Welfare Services and Motivational Interviewing. Marya attended California State University, East Bay and graduated with a master’s degree in social work with a focus in Child Welfare Policy and research. Marya has conducted research in Child Sexual Exploitation and Foster Care. Marya is a lecturer at CSU, East Bay where she teaches in the Department of Sociology. Marya has been able to apply and build these skills across several leadership roles in both private and public sector organizations. 

In addition to her leadership responsibilities, Marya has been responsible for training and facilitating, mentoring, coaching, recruitment and retention, consulting, program and curriculum development.

~Marya Wright Consulting~   

This course meets the qualifications for (6.25) BBS CEUs for LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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