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Motivational Interviewing: Theory and Skill Practice, 8 hour

Motivational Interviewing is not a new concept for many who have worked in the chemical dependency field. They understand that “in your face” confrontation is counter productive, and leading rather than lecturing a client to make different choices not only produces better outcomes, but is less work for the counselor. The goal of motivational interviewing is to form a collaborative working relationship with a client. The end result of this relationship is to encourage compliance and support change. The interview skill of the counselor can and does influence the motivation level for change. Using case studies, this class instructs participants in motivational interviewing techniques by practicing the method step by step. Each person takes away learning aids and a Motivational Learning Workbook that supports the counselor in putting the learning into practice on the job.