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Motivational Interviewing Basics for Prevention Specialists

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This two-day training will provide an introduction to the evidence and practice-based communication method of motivational interviewing (MI). Motivational Interviewing is a person-centered, evidence-based directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. After orientation to the underlying spirit and principles of MI, we will focus on practical exercises to help Prevention Specialists strengthen empathic reflection skills, and introduce complex reflection skills. We will begin to recognize and elicit change talk and learn how to roll with resistance/discord. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of it in substance use prevention with emphasis on the Prevention Specialist’s relationship with the community served toward positive outcomes. (Fee covers registration for both days, breakfast and lunch)    
Location: Augusta Civic Center
Organizer: AdCare
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