Reaching Toward Proficiency

Online Instruction Benefits

In the interest of Public Health, these workshops will be offered through internet-based technology (to include Zoom). You will collaborate and engage—in real time—with your instructor and classmates to learn, explore, and practice key Motivational Interviewing skills.

  • No travel or associated travel costs
  • Live/synchronous video instruction
  • Interactive exercises
  • Valid, diverse and meaningful resources
  • Virtually interact with a diverse participant group—potentially from around the nation
  • CECHs for CHES/MCHES
  • UW-La Crosse CEUs available
  • NBCC CE Hours option

Reaching Toward Proficiency:
Motivational Interviewing and Behavior Change

Fall: 
September 20–21, 2021 | Online Instruction

  • 1.2 CEUs or 
  • 12 Category 1 contact education hours for CHES/MCHES
  • 10.5 National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) CE hours

Level: Introductory

Through this unique experience, you will come to understand the theory behind Motivational Interviewing (MI), including the how and why of lifestyle or behavioral changes. MI focuses on enhancing internal motivation for change. You will be involved in discussion opportunities, view videos, and participate in interactive exercises, coupled with practice of the course content. You will concentrate on the process of engaging in an MI adherent way.

Overall, this workshop will set you on your journey toward proficiency in Motivational Interviewing (MI). You will increase your understanding and use of the relational aspects of MI. There will be ample opportunity to observe and practice MI-specific communication.

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Day 1:
9 a.m.–Noon & 1–4 p.m. Central Time

Time

Content

Objectives

9–9:15 a.m.

Welcome and introductions; objectives, ground rules

  • Identify the key aspects of the MI style and spirit
  • Examine MI model in action as course instructor demonstrates skills and spirit
  • Predict the usefulness of MI in your own practice setting

 

9:15–10:30 a.m.

Compare and contrast MI and define MI

  • Apply MI skills for efficient and effective engagement (the Relational Foundation).
  • Experiment with and critique the helpfulness of different helping styles
  • Construct a list of typical helping strategies
  • Compare and contrast typical helping strategies to MI style and spirit
  • Justify situations where you would and wouldn’t use MI in your own practice setting

10:30–10:45 a.m.

BREAK

 

10:45 a.m.–Noon

Engaging skills

  • Explain the 4 processes
  • Distinguish when to move from one process to another
  • Complete written and oral exercises demonstrating the style and spirit of MI

Noon–1:30 p.m.

LUNCH BREAK and independent: Reading #1

  • Predict the usefulness of MI in your own practice setting

1:30–2:45 p.m.

Engaging skills

  • Complete written and oral exercises demonstrating the style and spirit of MI

2:45–3 p.m.

BREAK

 

3–3:45 p.m.

Engaging skills

  • Complete written and oral exercises demonstrating the style and spirit of MI

3:45–4 p.m.

Closing review

 

Day 2:
9 a.m.–Noon & 1–4 p.m. Central Time

Time

Content

Objectives

9–9:15 a.m.

Welcome back!  Review of Day 1 take-away messages and questions

  • Examine MI model in action as course instructor demonstrates skills and spirit

9:15–10:30 a.m.

Engaging skills (cont.)

  • Complete written and oral exercises demonstrating the style and spirit of MI
  • Point out areas of strength in one-self and in others during exercises

10:30–10:45 a.m.

BREAK

10:45 a.m.–Noon       

Engaging skills (cont.)

  • Complete written and oral exercises demonstrating the style and spirit of MI
  • Point out areas of strength in one-self and in others during exercises

Noon–1:00 p.m.         

LUNCH BREAK

1:30–2:45 p.m.

Prep for putting it all together

 

  • Simulate the process of engaging in practice exercises
  • Complete written and oral exercises demonstrating the style and spirit of MI
  • Point out areas of strength in one-self and in others during exercises
  • Predict the usefulness of MI in your own practice setting

2:45–3 p.m.

BREAK

3–3:45 p.m.

Reinforce skills and plan for continuing to learn

3:45–4 p.m.

Closing review

  • Predict the usefulness of MI in your own practice setting
  • Formulate 2-3 goals for practicing relational skills in your own practice setting