Kristin Dempsey is a new Senior Associate at CIBHS and is the new project manager for the Greater Bay Area Mental Health and Education Workforce Collaborative. Kristin is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and most recently worked as Director of Workforce Development at San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS). She started at BHRS in 2001 as a clinician specializing in the treatment of dual diagnosis (mental health and substance issues) and later oversaw quality improvement efforts to integrate mental health and substance abuse services. She has clinical experience in treating alcohol and other drug issues, trauma, adolescent, child and family treatment, and issues related to women’s health and pregnancy counseling. She also has management experience in overseeing work at school based mental health teams and managing a high volume family planning clinic. She has worked as a trainer in women’s health care as well as in the field of behavioral health.
Kristin is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and is a trainer for Applied Suicide Interventional Skills Training. She is currently completing training as a trainer for the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. She trains extensively on trauma informed care, client-driven case management, addictions, co-occurring conditions, and behavioral/cognitive behavioral therapy.
Currently, she is teaches graduate psychology at Dominican University of California in San Rafael and graduate counseling at San Francisco State University.
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.