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Change is Not A Piece of Cake: Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change

By: Gail

When I’m talking to my kids about improving either their health or behavior, they resist. Of course, they know that avoiding a ton of calories is good for you, but they want the huge slice of cake anyway. Who can blame them? Cake tastes amazing.

While working with Dr. Jonathan Fader to develop an online Motivational Interviewing Training, I learned that this ambivalence can be resolved, and individuals can move from one stage of change to another with assistance. By following this non-judgmental, non-confrontational approach, individuals can be effective in helping others with various forms of behavior change. Dr. Fader explains Motivational Interviewing really well on his website:

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a technique that was developed by psychologists Bill Miller and Steve Rollnick. One recent definition of MI calls it a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. In the MI approach, clients are assumed to be in a state of ambivalence that can best be resolved by highlighting discrepancies between perceived risk and actual experience of negative consequences. The clinician identifies the difference in where clients are and where they would like to be. Through careful listening and the reflecting of “change talk,” the clinician provides the client the opportunity to explore a path toward change.

If you are interested in learning more, check out the description of the online course. You can sign up easily, and quickly from there. If you do take the course, I hope you enjoy it as much as Jonathan and I did making it.

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Principles and Practice of Motivational Interviewing: 2 parts

Expert: Dr. Jonathan Fader is a licensed clinical psychologist. He is an assistant professor of Family Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and teaches in the Beth Israel Residency Program in Family Medicine in New York City. The Department of Family Medicine is housed within the larger organization of the Institute for Family Health (IUFH). – See more at: JonathanFader.com

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the principles of Motivational Interviewing
  2. Understand the grounding theory of Motivational Interviewing
  3. Know the techniques involved
  4. Understand the spirit of this approach within the learner
  5. Know the Motivational Interview Technique
  6. Understand the OARS technique as it applies to Motivational Interviewing
  7. Identify the OARS technique during an example interview with a client

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Integrating Solution Focused Skills into  Trauma-Informed Systems of Care : 3 parts

Experts:

Denise J. Krause, LCSW-R, is currently the Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Alumni Relations at the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, The State university of New York. Denise is the first clinical faculty member at UBSSW to achieve the rank of Professor.  Denise teaches courses in solution focused practice, and Foundation and Advanced practice of Social Work.

Susan A. Green, LCSW-R,  is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.  Susan teaches or has taught courses in social work interventions with children, adults, families, groups and communities, trauma theory and treatment, trauma and human rights, risk and resilience and diversity.

For more information on Denise J. Krause, LCSW-R and Susan A. Green, LCSW-R please visit socialwork.buffalo.edu

Course Objectives:

After completing the course, participants will have an understanding of:

  1. The concepts solution focused skills
  2. The difference between problem solving and solution focused work
  3. The assumptions of solution focused work
  4. Applying solution focused work to your everyday work
  5. The history of trauma
  6. Solutions focused strategies as they relate to the trauma-informed environment
  7. The concepts of trauma- informed care
  8. The environment of trauma
  9. Connecting the five guiding principles of trauma-informed practice with the assumptions of solution focused practice

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Integrating Solution Focused Skills into Trauma-Informed Systems of Care Online Training

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Integrating Solution Focused Skills into  Trauma-Informed Systems of Care : 3 parts

Experts:

Denise J. Krause, LCSW-R, is currently the Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Alumni Relations at the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, The State university of New York. Denise is the first clinical faculty member at UBSSW to achieve the rank of Professor.  Denise teaches courses in solution focused practice, and Foundation and Advanced practice of Social Work.

Susan A. Green, LCSW-R,  is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.  Susan teaches or has taught courses in social work interventions with children, adults, families, groups and communities, trauma theory and treatment, trauma and human rights, risk and resilience and diversity.

For more information on Denise J. Krause, LCSW-R and Susan A. Green, LCSW-R please visit socialwork.buffalo.edu

Course Objectives:

After completing the course, participants will have an understanding of:

  1. The concepts solution focused skills
  2. The difference between problem solving and solution focused work
  3. The assumptions of solution focused work
  4. Applying solution focused work to your everyday work
  5. The history of trauma
  6. Solutions focused strategies as they relate to the trauma-informed environment
  7. The concepts of trauma- informed care
  8. The environment of trauma
  9. Connecting the five guiding principles of trauma-informed practice with the assumptions of solution focused practice

Take Solution Focused Trauma-Informed Courses NOW

Motivational Interviewing Training

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Principles and Practice of Motivational Interviewing Part I: Theory and Spirit[divider]

Format: Online, 30 minutes, 1 CEU from the approval bodies below.

Author: Dr. Jonathan Fader

Description:This course on Motivational Interviewing was designed for the learner to become familiar with the principles and grounding theory of Motivational interviewing. Through our conversation, exercises and watching some video, we will begin our process of understanding the basis for this method for discussing health behavior. Additionally, we will be trying to cultivate an appreciation for the Spirit of MI which refers to the essence of this non-judgmental, non-confrontational approach.

Objectives: At the completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the principles of Motivational Interviewing,
  2. Understand the grounding theory of Motivational Interviewing,
  3. Know the techniques involved, and
  4. Understand the spirit of this approach within the learner.

Price: $20.00

Approval Bodies:

NAADAC, National Association for Addiction Professionals

National Board for Certified Counselors

Professional Development

Sign up for this course here


 

Principles and Practice of Motivational Interviewing Part II: Techniques[divider]

Format: Online, 30 minutes. 1 CEU from the approval bodies below.

Author: Dr. Jonathan Fader

Description: This module will focus on the specific OARS Techniques of MI: Open ended questions, Affirmations, Reflective listening and Summaries. After we have reviewed these techniques, we will watch a video demonstration of MI that will help to differentiate them and give examples how they are used.

 

Objectives: At the completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Know the Motivational Interview Technique;
  2. Understand the OARS technique as it applies to Motivational Interviewing; and
  3. Identify it’s use during an example interview with a client.

Price: $20.00

Approval Bodies:

NAADAC, National Association for Addiction Professionals
National Board for Certified Counselors
Professional Development

Sign up for this course here