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Wed, May 26


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

Marya Wright, ASW

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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

May 26, 2021, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Online Event

About the Event

Marya Wright, ASW

Training Description

Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and ways to implement it with multi-system-involved youth and families. Participants will learn practical ways to implement MI skills into their current work to collaborate with youth and families, how to engage youth and families’ current motivation to change a particular behavior, and how to use MI Open-ended Questions, Affirmations, and Reframing/Reflections (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. This training has many activities, handouts, and videos to support all learning styles.

Learning Objective

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


9:00am – 9:45am Welcome & Introductions

9:45am – 10:00am Agenda, Overview, Objectives and Learning Goals

10:00am – 10:20am What ISNT MI, what is MI and how can we use it to collaborate

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

10:30am – 10:45am Righting Reflex

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3:15pm – 3:30pm DARN CAT

3:30pm – 3:45pm Questions/Answers

3:45pm – 4:00pm Evaluation & Closing

Meet Our Trainer

Marya Wright Consulting provides innovative, high-value, and culturally responsive training content for professionals. Marya offers continuing education training (CEUs) for agencies who service system-involved youth, foster youth, children and families. Marya is a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Marya is a Child Welfare Worker II with County Children and Family Services in the Dependency Investigation Unit. She conducts investigations and assessments based on the Welfare & Institutions Code §300 regarding child abuse, neglect and exploitation on the legality of court intervention.

Marya graduated from San Diego State University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Social Work with a focus on Child Welfare Services and Motivational Interviewing. She then received her Master’s in Social Work from California State University, East Bay with a focus in Child Welfare Policy and research. Marya has also conducted research in Child Sexual Exploitation and Foster Care. In addition, she is a seasoned lecturer in the Sociology Department at CSU, East Bay.

This course meets the qualifications for (5.5) BBS CEUs for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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