Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM until noon
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
Contact Person
AKTC Support
Support Phone
(907) 264-6244
Support Email
Support Website
Cost Range
Supported by the State of Alaska (SOA) Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction Prevention (OSMAP)

Host And Instructor

Rural AKHealth Professions Foundation/AKTraining Cooperative
Tom McRoberts,
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Contact Hours: 2.00
C.E. Credit for Alaska Police Standards Council: 2.00

Training Overview Description

This training will introduce the key techniques of Motivational Interviewing.

Participants will integrate OARS (open ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries) in their work to motivate clients toward behavior change. The work of Brene Brown inspires the introduction of the training with brief exploration of the art and science of empathy. We will reflect on how to turn conventional casework upside down by challenging our “righting reflex” with motivational Interviewing skills.

Participants will be challenged to ask open-ended questions, give affirmations and use reflective listening during difficult interactions with people. We will explore how MI can help participants avoid some common conversation traps. Using the Transtheoretical Model, we will discuss how to motivate a person through the stages of change.

  • Discuss open-ended questions, affirmations and reflective listening.
  • Describe how to use a summary during an interaction with a person.
  • Recognize ambivalence and how to reflect back the discrepancy between a person’s thinking and his/her behaviors.
  • Describe how a person, when changing a behavior, moves through the stages of change.

Event-specific Details

Must pre-register to attend.

CE Certificates will be sent by email after attendance has been confirmed.

Please contact Jill Ramsey if you have questions about this training:

Registration Information

Closed Captioning provided upon request.

Training Materials and Web Conference Link. Your completed registration will give you access to the CHD/AKTC e-Learning Portal, where you will find the training materials, the Zoom web-conference link and a training evaluation. Log in with the same username (username or email address) and password used to register for the training. Please allow 15 minutes for the system to update before accessing the e-Learning Portal.

Please contact AKTC Support, 907-264-6244, if you need assistance.

Web-Conference Information. This training will be delivered as a live, interactive web-conference using Zoom. You must prepare for the webinar prior to the day of the training. Web-conference connection information is available in the CHD/AKTC e-Learning Portal after your registration is processed. To confirm your attendance and receive credit for taking the training you must be prepared to identify yourself and participate as requested during the training. You must be logged on and prepared with a camera and microphone (or a headset) prior to the start of training. You may connect by phone if necessary, but you must be able to participate verbally when requested. See further instructions in the AKTC e-Learning Portal.

Please plan to log into the Zoom web-conference 15-20 minutes before the training start time.

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