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Wed, Feb 03


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Motivational Interviewing (Day 1)

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Motivational Interviewing (Day 1)
Motivational Interviewing (Day 1)

Time & Location

Feb 03, 2021, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

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About the Event

Steven Malcolm Berg-Smith

***This is day 1 of  a 2-day (2/4) course and attendance on both days is required. 

Training Description

Motivational Interviewing (MI) offers a practical, evidence-based approach for MI supporting clients in making and sustaining positive behavior changes. Originally developed in the drug and alcohol field, over 300 clinical trials demonstrate the efficacy of MI across a range of populations and target behaviors.* In particular, MI has been shown to be especially effective in brief clinical encounters and for individuals not ready or unsure about change. This intensive 2-day virtual MI introductory workshop will provide participants an overview of the theory, principles, skills, and current advances of MI. Participants will be guided through a sequence of learning activities to explore and shape MI practice behavior, and to support the on-going process for developing proficiency in MI. Learning activities will include: 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 core 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 one key issue for incorporating the primary skills and strategies of MI into counseling practice


Day 1:

9:00am-9:15am Welcome, Introductions, and Expectations

9:15am-9:45am Opening exercises

9:45am-10:00am The Limits of Persuasion: Minimizing Resistance

10:00am-10:15am MI Demonstration

10:15am-10:30am Definition of MI

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

10:45am-11:15am Introduction to OARS

11:15am-11:30am Asking Open-ended Questions

11:30am-11:45am Opening & Closing the Conversation

11:45am-12:00pm Change Talk: Guiding clients towards motivation & confidence

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

12:15pm-12:30pm Constructing Change Talk Focused Open-ended Questions

12:30pm-12:45pm Negotiating the Agenda: Creating Focus

12:45pm-1:00pm Interpersonal Style: Dancing versus Wrestling

1:00pm-1:15pm Rolling with Resistance

1:15pm-1:30pm Wrap-up: Key Learning’s

Meet Our Trainer

For over 30 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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