A Taste of Motivational Interviewing
Dr. Cynthia Osborn, Professor of Counselor Education and Supervision, Kent State University
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Motivational interviewing (MI; Miller & Rollnick, 2013) is an evidence-based practice for substance use disorders that also is applied to a range of health behaviors, such as diet and exercise, diabetes management, and emotional and psychological wellbeing. It is a particular style of communication intended to strengthen and evoke another person’s own reasons and motivation for change. Persons who are reluctant or ambivalent about making a change are the persons for whom MI is designed. Rather than comprising a set of techniques, MI is a skillful method of helping, one that employs careful, selective, and responsive listening to gently guide another person toward his or her own self-identified behavior change.
As a versatile approach, MI can be practiced by many different professionals (e.g., licensed counselors, physicians) and non-professionals (e.g., college students as peer support providers) in a variety of settings (e.g., mental health counseling center, emergency department). MI can serve as the sole or primary focus of care at a specific time period (e.g., helping someone prepare for a medical procedure or intensive outpatient counseling) or it can be integrated into ongoing care (e.g., cognitive-behavioral treatment).
This webinar will highlight the distinctive aspects of MI, including its four-part essence or "spirit” (its PACE) and MI-consistent counselor behaviors (OARS+2) that have been found to evoke client language in favor of change (DARN CAT). During the webinar, participants will (a) see and hear demonstrations of MI-consistent skills, (b) review two case examples and transcripts of conversations conducted in an MI-consistent manner, and (c) obtain resources for further training in MI. This webinar is a brief introduction to MI (or for some, a review of MI) intended to "whet the appetite” for continued learning and practice.
At the conclusion of this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to…
- Define what MI is and what MI is not.
- Identify and articulate an understanding of the four components of the MI "spirit.”
- Identify six MI-consistent skills, including distinguishing simple and complex reflections.
- Identify the seven categories of change talk and differentiate which among them are preparatory and mobilizing forms of change talk.
- Select at least two MI-consistent skills appropriate for encouraging change talk when presented with two examples.
Dr. Cynthia J. Osborn is Professor of Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) at Kent State University (KSU) in Ohio. She is a proud member (and former Chapter Faculty Advisor) of the Kappa Sigma Upsilon Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) and a past President and a past Secretary of CSI International. After several years in pastoral ministry, Cynthia earned her Ph.D. degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Ohio University in 1996, where she was inducted into the Alpha Chapter of CSI. She joined the KSU CES faculty in 1997 after working as a counselor with persons with co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance use disorders). She is licensed in Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor (with supervisory endorsement; LPCC-S) and as an Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC). She teaches courses at KSU on case conceptualization and treatment planning, addictions counseling, and practicum and internship. She introduces students to motivational interviewing (MI) in all the courses she teaches, including a special topics course on MI. Cynthia has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2002, attends the MINT Forum every two years, spent two weeks in Albuquerque, New Mexico (considered the "home” of MI) in early 2014 for further training in MI, and she routinely conducts training in MI to behavioral health care providers locally and state-wide. Her research and scholarly publications are in the areas of addictive behaviors, motivational interviewing, solution-focused counseling, and counselor supervision and leadership.
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