Wed, Mar 03 | Online Event

Motivational Interviewing: Continuing the Journey Day 1

***This is day 1 of a 2-day (3/4) course and attendance on both days is required. This training is intended for people who have previously taken Steven Malcolm Berg-Smith’s 2-day Introductory Motivational Interviewing course
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Motivational Interviewing: Continuing the Journey Day 1

Time & Location

Mar 03, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Online Event

About the Event

Steven Malcolm Berg-Smith

***This is day 1 of  a 2-day (3/4) course and attendance on both days is required. This training is intended for people who have previously taken Steven Malcolm Berg-Smith’s 2-day Introductory Motivational Interviewing course.

Training Description

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a state-of-the-art, evidence-based communication and counseling approach for guiding clients to make and sustain positive behavior changes in brief clinical encounters. Generally recognized as a practical, common sense approach, becoming proficient in MI—however—is an on-going learning process requiring significant training, practice, and feedback/supervision. This intensive 2-day intermediate workshop is designed for individuals who have completed introductory training in MI, and have experience using this method in an applied setting. Participants will be guided through a sequence of learning activities to move from basic competence to intermediate clinical skillfulness, and provided an introduction to current advances in MI. Learning activities will include: real-life demonstrations, videotape examples, “real-plays”, case studies, small group exercises, and significant participant practice with feedback.

Learning Objective

  • List 4 key ingredients of the guiding philosophy of Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Identify the 5 foundational communication skills of MI from demonstrations and video examples
  • Name 2 advanced MI strategies for eliciting and exploring clients’ own reasons for change in role-play practice exercises
  • Describe the 4 processes of MI for navigating clinical conversations in the direction of client change goals
  • Identify onr key issue for incorporating the primary skills and strategies of MI into counseling practice


9:00am-9:15am Welcome, Overview, and hopes

9:15am-9:30am MI Review

9:30am-9:40am Get R.E.A.L: Style is Everything!

9:40am-10:00am Where helping professionals get stuck in learning MI

10:00am-10:30am Recognizing, Reinforcing, and Eliciting Change Talk (Part 1)

10:30am-10:45am BREAK (CEUs will not be offered at this time)

10:45am-11:15am Strategic Reflective Listening: Guiding Towards Change Talk (Part 1)

11:15am-11:45am MI Demonstration: Following the Roadmap

11:45am-12:00pm Exchanging Information (Education, Advice, Feedback, Referral)

12:00pm-12:15pm BREAK (CEUs will not be offered at this time)

12:15pm-12:30pm Offering Advice

12:30pm-1:00pm Recognizing Readiness for Change

1:00pm-1:15pm Negotiating a Change Plan

1:15pm-1:30pm Wrap-up: Key Learning’s

Meet Our Trainer

For over 28 years, Steven Malcolm Berg-Smith has worked as a behavior change counselor, health educator, drug & alcohol prevention specialist, and researcher. He currently has a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area as a motivational interviewing (MI) trainer, consultant, coach & mentor.

A member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 1994, Steve has conducted over 900 motivational interviewing (MI) workshops and presentations throughout the US and internationally.  Considered a master trainer by his peers, Steve has served as a “trainer of trainers” for MINT, and collaborated in the design of MI-inspired behavior change intervention protocols for numerous national clinical research trials. He has authored a manual on the “The Art of Teaching Motivational Interviewing,” along with several frequently cited articles on how to use motivation-enhancing tools and strategies to support adolescents and adults in making positive lifestyle changes.

Steven holds a MS in Community Health Education from the University of Oregon, and a BA in psychology from the University of Redlands.

Day 1 of this course meets the qualifications for (4.0) 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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