The workshop provides a comprehensive course on guiding principles, strategies and skills for incorporating motivational interviewing techniques in client-centered work with particular focus on creating opportunities for behavior change. Participants of all experience levels are introduced to the foundation, theories and framework for implementing a dynamic strengths-based strategy for reducing risks and enhancing strengths in clients identified with compelling risk factors that may increase risk behaviors or lead them into the criminal justice system.
Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
• Establish framework for use of MI approach by agency/program staff
• Promote competent understanding of MI techniques and the rationale for use with tools in assessment, treatment planning, case management, and discharge planning;
• Provide practical learning experiences for skill development in MI strategies and application;
• Model a strengths-based approach in the spirit of MI training and staff coaching.