november, 2018

07nov2:00 pm3:00 pmIntroduction to Motivational Interviewing (Webinar)November 7, 2 p.m.-3 p.m., Webinar

Event Details

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing (MI) has been demonstrated to increase engagement and recruitment in substance use services, especially in persons who are engaging in treatment for the first time. Clients are much more likely to agree to treatment (in cases when it is not mandated) if MI is used to collaborate on the development of treatment goals. Additionally, Motivational Interviewing is shown to increase retention for up to six months after initially entering treatment. After the six-month mark, the effects are much less dramatic, suggesting that the six-month mark is where people have decided that they either are or are not going to commit to treatment. It is vital to employ MI to both increase recruitment into medication assisted recovery programs and to retain clients during the first six months of treatment- a time period during which dropouts are the most likely to occur.  This one-hour presentation will emphasize MI and link it to retention, engagement and stigma information specific to substance use.  The training will encourage clinicians to utilize MI during assessments and to utilize it in face-to-face meetings during a person’s first six months of treatment. For management, training should encourage them to make MI agency policy for assessments and group/individual sessions.

Training Objectives

  • Summarize research associated with MI and recruitment/retention
  • Give broad examples of MI language that could be utilized during assessments and sessions. Encourage person-first language, close collaboration with clients in regard to goal setting (no cookie-cutter treatment plans), and the need for consistent “check-ins” with clients
  • Link MI practice with staff attitudes on engagement and retention.  Reinforce that MI practices intrinsically improve the client’s perception of staff attitudes
  • Encourage attendees to advocate for MI to be made standard practice within their own agencies (especially SU and MAT based service delivery.

Trainer:  Gary W. Walby, Ph.D., MSPH, MS, Complex Systems Innovations, LLC

To register for this training please email your name, agency name and email address to vanderson@partnersbhm.org
You must register by October 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm to receive the link to the webinar.


(Wednesday) 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST


Webinar Registration - This is an online event.


Vanessa Andersonvanderson@partnersbhm.org - 828-323-8062