Motivational Interviewing Workshop

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Thursday, April 6 , 2017

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Hilton New Orleans | New Orleans, LA


This new workshop on motivational interviewing (MI) focuses on improving conversations about change. Participants are provided with key motivational interviewing skills to promote patient engagement. The spirit of motivational interviewing, as well as how it differs from traditional forms of patient counseling will be covered, with special attention to the first of the four MI processes: engagement. Traps that can lead to disengaged interactions will be discussed, including strategies to avoid these traps. Participants will learn and practice basic MI techniques throughout the training. Emphasis will be given to MI listening skills including open questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries. Throughout the training, time will be devoted to participant questions, discussion, and skill practice, in addition to brief lectures and video content. Participants will be provided with a Training Journal to use during the session and promote ongoing learning after the session.

Educational Purpose 

This workshop provides an introduction to motivational interviewing focusing on the first process of MI, engagement, to increase patient motivation and decrease disengagement through knowledge acquisition and skill practice.

Learning Format and Methodologies

This in-person workshop will include some didactic lecture, brief video examples, discussion, and skill-practice. The focus is on active skill-practice and participation through questions, discussion, and application. Participants will be provided a Training Journal for use in the training and as an ongoing resource for continued practice and learning. 

Who Should Attend

This workshop is suitable for a diverse array of professionals who focus on helping people change, such as providers, counselors, case managers, probation officers, social workers, administrators, and supervisors. No prior background in MI is necessary. 

Workshop Topics

• The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing
• What Distinguishes MI from Other Counseling Methods
• Ambivalence and the Righting Reflex
• Four Processes of MI
• Demonstrating Empathy
• Disengagement Traps
• Core MI Skills: OARS
• Reflective Listening Strategies
• DARN Language and CATs 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to: 

  1. Explain ways in which motivational interviewing differs from traditional ways of communicating about change. 

  2. Explore patient-centered strategies for developing a collaborative working relationship. 

  3. Discuss traps that lead to disengaged interactions. 

  4. Practice using the core interviewing skills of MI to promote patient engagement.

Continuing Medical Education Credit

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

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. 

CME Committee Reviewers

  • Adam J. Gordon, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM 
  • Catherine R. Friedman, MD, FASAM