Training Details

Motivational Interviewing

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Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based practice developed to increase people’s motivation to change through collaborative conversations in an environment of compassion and empathy. The primary objective of this training is to teach individuals the technical and relational skills of MI. This training will apply interactive methods to enhance the learning through a variety of experiences such as: experiential exercises, real and role plays, videos and demonstrations. Participants will obtain general knowledge in the four tasks of MI; engaging, evoking, focusing and planning. Upon completion, participants will have developed proficiency in the following core skills: open ended questions, affirmations, empathic reflections and summaries. These skills are practiced throughout the four tasks to support people in resolving the common problem of ambivalence with the overarching goal of making healthy life changes.
Learning Objectives:
  • Define Motivational Interviewing (MI) and demonstrate an intermediate understanding of the critical elements of the treatment.
  • Develop an understanding of the underlying spirit of MI and how this influences the intervention. Identify and describe the technical skills of MI.
  • Recognize reflective listening responses and differentiate them from other counseling responses.
Event Cost:

$45.00 / 3 CEUs for Counselors and Social Workers

Event Information:

Motivational Interviewing

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
1:00 – 4:15 pm

Presenter:  Jimmy Portner
Director of Intensive Treatment Division, VA Central Ohio Healthcare System

Cost $45.00 / 3 CEUs
Counselors and Social Workers

About the Presenter(s):

Jimmy Portner, Director of Intensive Treatment Division, VA Central Ohio Healthcare System

Jimmy Portner is the Director of the Intensive Treatment Division for the VA Central Ohio Healthcare System, which includes the following programs: Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM), Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT), and the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC). He also serves as a subject matter expert for the National Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) program. Jimmy specializes in the training, implementation, and clinical supervision of evidence-based practices for dual diagnoses treatments including MI and MET. He possesses experience which spans the use of MI in clinical settings, teaching, and research. He also has over a decade of experience in MI and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, a selective national group of MI professionals.