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Motivational Interviewing: The Guiding Style

Elicit and increase motivation to change


This class looks at the nature of common conversations where ambivalence and reluctance about behavior change is the main theme. In these conversations it is easy to play the role of the expert and tell the person what they need to do in order to improve their situation. The problem is that this usually provokes resistance in the ambivalent person, and as they voice the reasons not to change, it reduces the likelihood of behavior change. While accounting for the change burden and the Stages of Change of the person, this class presents an alternative guiding style for these conversations using Miller and Rollnick’s “OARS” skills.


Learning Objectives

  • Explore the difference between a guiding style and a confrontational one

  • Identify how using a guiding style helps explore ambivalence about change

  • Identify and practice open questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work
     2.0 CEUs   (CEP-275)                                                                                  

MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
     LADC: 2.0 CEUs (2021.CE.ADC.010)
     LPC/LPCC: 2.0 CEUs (2021.CE.020)

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