Motivational Interviewing: Mechanics and Skills

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 often 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 stage of change of the person, this class presents an alternative guiding style for these conversations using Miller and Rollnick’s “OARS” skills.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize ambivalence in typical client statements

  • Identify how using a reflective style helps explore ambivalence

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

  • Respond to Change Talk and Sustain Talk with reflections

  • Craft curious open questions to evoke more change talk

Board Accreditation

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

MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
     LADC: 3.0 CEUs (2020.CE.ADC.046)
     LPC/LPCC: 3.0 CEUs (2020.CE.081)

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