Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a particular kind of conversation about change. A practitioner using MI incorporates acceptance of individuals and collaborates with the client by evoking his or her own values, goals, and strengths. This person-centered orientation, along with the provider’s reflective listening and strategic questioning, is an effective approach for guiding individuals toward change. MI is used in behavioral health, substance use disorder treatment, primary care, school, and corrections settings as an approach to engage and retain individuals in care. At this time, the evidence supports MI for use with adolescents and adults as well as in individual and group modalities.
For more information, please contact Kristin Dempsey, LMFT, LPCC, who is a senior associate.
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Learn ways to use two effective evidence-based practices – Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) – in a manner that builds on the strengths of both approaches, and provides effective care for challenging behavioral health and substance use issues. This two-day workshop addresses common EBP implementation challenges and illustrates how both MI and DBT have processes and interventions that complement and support each other to enhance their effectiveness. See below for learning objectives.
The SUD Curriculum Modules are intended to be used in non-substance use disorder courses, so the SUD treatment components can be more broadly distributed throughout the training curriculum. Each topic area includes student learning objectives, questions for a pre- and post-test, lecture, discussion and/or teaching exercises ranging from one-hour to three-hours in duration. The goal is to provide behavioral health faculty in California with SUD training material that can be used flexibly within the classroom or training setting.