Motivational Interviewing (MI) in Addictions Counselling: MI as a method of enhancing one's motivation to change addictive behaviours
January 7 & 8, 2019
Ian Robertson, MSW, RSW.
This skills-focused, interactive training will invite participants to develop their understanding and practice of Motivational Interviewing (MI), is an empirically supported treatment approach that helps to understand the dynamics of motivation and identifies skills and interventions that can be used to help client’s access and enhance their own desire for positive change with regards to addictive behaviours, without using the ineffective approaches of the advice-giving trap. This training will enhance participants' understanding of the spirit of MI and its importance to effective MI practice. MI micro-skills, also known as OARS (open questioning, affirming, reflecting, summarizing) will be discussed and practiced and MI-specific interventions will be introduced. Common barriers to change and ways to overcome these, as well as the intersection between MI and The Stages of Change (Prochaska and DiClemente) will also be explored. This is Learning Module 2 from the Fall 2018 Certificate in Addiction Counselling. Individual modules may be taken separately from the certificate program.