Motivational Interviewing



Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered, evidence-based, directive method for enhancing motivation to change behavior by exploring and resolving ambivalence. Use of MI counseling has been shown to improve treatment retention and the likelihood of behavior change in a number of health domains (e.g. alcohol and/or drug use, engagement in further treatment, etc.). The intent of this webinar is to provide mental health staff working with homeless individuals with the education necessary to learn the fundamentals of MI, explore ways of integrating MI into their treatment approach, and to discuss the use of MI in the field (adaptive strategies) and for engaging clients with PTSD into treatment. The desired outcome of this training is that mental health staff working with homeless populations will improve their skills for motivating their clients such that their clients will more actively engage in treatment and in recovery from mental health concerns.

Who should attend?

This conference pertains to social workers and other mental health staff who work with homeless populations.


At the conclusion of this educational program, learners will be able to:

  1. State the components of the Motivational Interviewing (MI) Spirit.
  2. Utilize basic client-centered skills including open-ended questions, affirming, reflective listening, and summarizing (OARS).
  3. Learn about strategies for identifying and responding appropriately to both client change talk and sustain talk.
  4. Learn about strategies for eliciting client change talk.
  5. Discuss methods for rolling with client discord (historically referred to as resistance).
  6. Discuss adaptive ways of using MI in the field.
  7. Discuss using MI for engaging clients with PTSD

Please contact Jennifer Moore at for more information.

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