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Motivational Interviewing: A sprit of communication and an effective approach to the process of change

December 3 @ 9:00 am 12:30 pm EST

Registration deadline: November 26, 2021


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, goal-oriented evidence-based approach of communication with particular attention to individualized language of change. This half-day webinar will explore the spirit, processes, and strategies of motivational interviewing that can lead to client movement toward effective transformation. Emphasized will be the strengthening of personal motivation for, and commitment to, change by eliciting and exploring ambivalence. Also explored will be transtheoretical change theory and the use of stage-wise exercises that can help spark internal motivation for ongoing growth. The webinar will be interactive and comprise a combination of didactic presentations, class discussions, and experiential exercises.


9:00 am – 10:00 am

  • Welcome, Introductions, & Expectations
  • The Spirit of MI – Why Use it?
  • The Processes of MI

Break 10:00 am – 10:15 am

10:15 am – 11:15 am

  • How does it Work? Effective Strategies of MI
    • Intrinsic movement toward effective transformation
    • Strengthening commitment to change

Break 11:15 am – 11:30 am

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Transtheoretical Change Theory
  • Stage-wise Exercises

Adjourn: 12:30 pm

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the spirit and processes of Motivational Interviewing
  2. Explore strategies of Motivational Interviewing
  3. Review the transtheoretical change theory and the application of stage-wise exercises

Trainer: Dr. Tom Durham is an experienced clinician, curriculum developer and educator/trainer with specialties in addictions, co-occurring disorders, supervision and leadership. He has coordinated and provided technical assistance, training and consultation, both nationally and internationally, for a variety of organizations. Current experience includes consultation, clinical supervision, and training on supervision, leadership and other clinical topics with clinical supervisors for Phoenix House of New England, a multi-site healthcare treatment system. Previous experience included Director of Training at NAADAC – the Association for Addiction Professionals; Executive Director of The Danya Institute, a training program for addiction counselors; and management of system-wide program of on-the-job training and supervision for US Navy and Marine Corps addiction counselors. He has also served as an adjunct professor of psychology and addiction studies at several colleges and universities.

3 Credits: NAADAC CU’s are approved; Social Worker CE’s and Allied MH CE’s pending