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Wed, Mar 04


Fred Finch -Training Center

Motivational Interviewing (Two-Day Training!)

A practical, evidence-based approach for supporting clients!

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Motivational Interviewing (Two-Day Training!)
Motivational Interviewing (Two-Day Training!)

Time & Location

Mar 04, 2020, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fred Finch -Training Center, 3800 Coolidge Ave, Oakland, CA 94602, USA

About the Event

Steven Malcolm Berg-Smith, MS, MINT Member

Training Description


3/4/2020 & 3/5/2020


Motivational Interviewing (MI) offers a practical, evidence-based approach for supporting clients in making and sustaining positive behavior changes.  Originally developed in the drug and alcohol field, over 750 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 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 Objectives

  • Describe the 'spirit' and key principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Observe and debrief demonstrations and video exaples of MI
  • Demonstrate and practice the interpersonal style and primary skills for evoking intrinsic moitvation in brief clinical encounters
  • Receive individual feedback in MI practice behavior
  • Develop a personal plan for practicing and incorporating the primary skills and strategies of MI into clinical practice behavior


Day 1: 

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

9:15-10:00 Opening exercises

10:00-10:15 The Limits of Persuasion: Minimizing Resistance

10:15-10:25 MI Demonstration

10:25- 10:30 Definition of MI

10:30-10:45 BREAK (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

10:45-11:15  Introduction to OARS - Open-ended Questions, Affirmation, Reflective Listening, Summary

11:15-11:45 Asking Open-ended Questions

11:45-12:00Opening & Closing the Conversation

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

1:00:1:45 Change Talk - Guiding clients towards motivation & confidence

1:45-2:15 Constructing Change Talk Focused Open-ended Questions 

2:15-3:00 Negotiating the Agenda - Creating Focus

3:00-3:15 BREAK  (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

3:15-3:45 Interpersonal Style: Dancing versus Wrestling

3:45-4:15 Affirmation: Highlighting Strengths & Internal Resources 

4:15-4:45 Rolling with Resistance 

4:45-5:00 Wrap-up: Key Learning’s, Evaluations 

5:00 Adjourn

Day 2: 

9:00-9:15 Key Learning’s from Day 1

9:15-10:00 Strategic Listening (part 2): Forming Reflective Listening Statements

10:30 Assessing Readiness for Change 

10:30-10:45 BREAK (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

10:30-11:00 Strategic Listening (part 3) - Reflective Listening with Guidance

11:00-11:30 Exploring Ambivalence

11:30-12:00 Offering Advice

Noon-1:00 LUNCH (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

1:00-1:45 Strategic Listening (part 4) - Moving from Simple to Complex Reflections 

1:45-2:30 Sharing Information & Education - Explore—Offer—Explore 

2:30-3:00 Moving from Preparation to Action 

3:00-3:15 BREAK (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

3:15-3:45 Ethical Complexities 

3:45-4:15 Integrating MI into Current Practice 

4:15-4:45 Putting It All Together - Pre-post questionnaire

4:45-5:00 Wrap-up - Key Learning’s; Evaluations  

5:00 Adjourn   

Meet Our Trainer:

Steven Malcolm Berg-Smith, MS, MINT Member: For over 28 years, Steven Berg-Smith has worked as a behavior change counselor, health educator, drug & alcohol prevention specialist, and researcher. He currently has a private practice in San Francisco as a trainer, consultant, and health counselor. A member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 1994, Steven has conducted over 750 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 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.

This TWO-DAY course meets the qualifications for (13) 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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