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Thursday, April 12, 2018
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Indigo Ballroom AE or DH, Level 2
Hilton San Diego Bayfront | San Diego, CA


The ASAM Motivational Interviewing Workshop is a new, interactive workshop designed to introduce and expand participants’ knowledge on utilizing Motivational Interviewing (MI) in an addiction treatment setting. MI is a goal-oriented, collaborative counseling style that evokes a person’s own motivations for and commitment to change. This workshop is designed for those in the addiction treatment field who are just beginning to explore MI and those who already have some experience.

Physicians, clinicians, counselors, and all those working with patients with addiction often find that one of the main barriers to effective treatment is the patients’ perceived lack of motivation to make changes. Without motivation on the patient’s part, making or sustaining progress regarding treatment goals can be difficult. MI is one technique clinicians can utilize to encourage patients to explore, recognize and overcome ambivalence to make positive changes. Participants of this workshop will be introduced to the key concepts and skills of MI and explore ways to effectively integrate MI into addiction treatment to help promote positive patient outcomes.

Educational Purpose

Participants will learn about the basic principles and skills of MI in addiction treatment and how to begin to integrate these techniques into their own practices.

Learning Format and Methodologies

This live workshop is designed to be interactive, with many opportunities for participant engagement and discussion. Sessions throughout the day will be led by a team of MI experts and include a mixture of lectures, demonstrations, and skills building.

Participants will be assigned to one of two breakout rooms (either Indigo Ballroom AE or Indigo Ballroom DH). Both breakout rooms will feature the same content throughout the day.

Who Should Attend

Everyone who is interested in an introductory workshop that reviews the core skills of MI. This workshop is designed for those with little to no prior experience with MI, and for those with some prior exposure to MI who want the chance to practice fundamental MI skills.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  1. Articulate the spirit of Motivational Interviewing.
  2. Identify the core features of MI congruent interactions.
  3. Recognize change talk and apply the basic MI skills of open ended questioning, affirming, reflective listening, and summarizing to selectively reinforce change talk.
  4. Pursue further practice and training opportunities in the skills of MI beyond this day-long workshop.


Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM, Chair
Florence Chanut, MD
Jeffrey Devido, MD, MTS
Jennifer Hettema, PhD
Miriam S. Komaromy, MD, FACP, DFASAM
Carla Marienfield, MD
Kenneth Saffier, MD, FASAM

Curriculum Planning Committee

Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM, Chair
Jeffrey Devido, MD, MTS
Miriam S. Komaromy, MD, FACP, DFASAM
Carla Marienfeld, MD
Kenneth Saffier, MD, FASAM

CME Committee Reviewer

Herbert L. Malinoff, MD, FACP, DFASAM

CME Credit Information

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

ASAM has been awarded the highest level of Accreditation with Commendation by ACCME as a provider of CME.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

ASAM designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.