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Motivational Interviewing: Facilitating Therapeutic Change - REGISTRATION CLOSED

6 CE Hours

March 8, 2024

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6 CE Hours

9:00 am - 4:15 pm ET
Live Interactive Webinar

Seminar Description

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a way of talking with people about change that strengthens their own motivation and commitment and empowers them to take constructive action. Through an accepting, collaborative relationship and special attention to the language of change, MI helps practitioners sidestep or defuse the common cycle of pressure and resistance with clients who are ambivalent and resolve ambivalence about change through a focus on the client’s own values, goals, and strengths.

With more than 2,000 published studies and application in a wide variety of mental health, substance use, and health behavior settings, MI is an approach whose brevity, adaptability, and clinical wisdom have made it especially appealing to practitioners around the world. In this lively and interactive webinar, Dr. Zuckoff will describe, illustrate, and demonstrate how MI can be used to help clients change.


Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between ambivalence, resistance, and motivation for change  
  • Describe the Spirit and Tasks of MI
  • Identify how to quickly engage clients by avoiding traps, establishing trust, and defusing discord
  • Identify how to increase importance and confidence for change by recognizing, responding to, and evoking change talk
  • Identify how to use the Values Card Sort and Scaling strategies to enhance motivation and readiness to change



9:00 am Ambivalence and Change: The Spirit and Tasks of Motivational Interviewing
· When do people change?
· How can we facilitate change?
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Engaging: Establishing Trust and Safety
· Using OARS
· Avoiding Traps and Defusing Discord
12:15 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Evoking: We Learn What We Think As We Hear Ourselves Speak (Part 1)
· Change Talk: Expressing Importance and Confidence for Change
· Recognizing change talk
· Responding to change talk
· Eliciting change talk
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Evoking: We Learn What We Think As We Hear Ourselves Speak (Part 2)
· Building importance through the Values Card Sort
· Building Confidence through Scaling
4:15 pm  Adjournment