Motivational Interviewing, 8 hours
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is simple, outcome driven, and energy efficient. It is a central piece to Evidence-based Practice at the line staff level. The probation officer (PO) seeks to create a professional alliance, a collaborative working relationship. This interview style and PO skill set allows for problem solving and creates competency and personal responsibility in the probationer. The course integrates the role of MI in the case management process and gives the PO the language and concrete strategies to guide probationers through the stages of change. Communication skills and empathic active listening are explored and practiced. A problem-solving model is provided that can be replicated on the job. This active, hands-on course supplies specific, take-away skills that can be used immediately and can produce measurable outcomes over time.