Wed, Apr 14 | Online Event

Motivational Interviewing Practice and Skills Workshop for professionals serving System-Involved Youth and Families

Marya Wright, ASW
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Motivational Interviewing Practice and Skills Workshop for professionals serving System-Involved Youth and Families

Time & Location

Apr 14, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Online Event

About the Event

Marya Wright, ASW

Training Description

This is an intermediate course developed for case managers who have a basic understanding of motivational interviewing (MI). This course will provide practical skills and strategies to support the knowledge gained from an introductory MI course. Participants will increase their understanding of open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (OARS). The content explores each interviewing technique in-depth to enhance the case manager’s tool kit of MI responses with their clients. Participants will be able to apply the tools learned in this course to establish reports, collaboration, and understanding for their current clients. This training has many activities, handouts, and videos to support all learning styles.

Learning Objective

  • Participants will identify 4 open-ended questions and learn how to convert closed questions.
  • Participants will be able to identify 3 examples of reflective statements to make.
  • Participants will list 5 strength and affirmation responses to utilize.


1:00pm – 1:15pm Welcome & Introductions

1:15pm – 1:30pm Agenda, Overview, Objectives and Learning Goals

1:30pm – 2:00pm Open-ended Questions

2:00pm– 2:15pm BREAK (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

2:15pm – 2:45pm Affirmations

2:45pm – 3:15pm Reflections

3:15pm – 3:45pm 30-day Action Plan

3:45pm – 4:00pm Questions/Answers, 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 (2.75) 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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