For over 30 years now, Motivational Interviewing (MI) has been a cornerstone in behavior change counseling. It is an evidence-based dynamic approach effective in many settings with a variety of populations. This course provides an overview of MI including theories about behavior change, readiness to change and ambivalence in the process. Participants will learn about the spirit of MI, long-standing core concepts (i.e. change talk, cultivating rapport) and newer fundamental processes (i.e. engaging, focusing, evoking, planning). Through interactive dialogue and experiential exercises, participants will practice and develop MI skills to be better equipped to assist clients. When MI is utilized properly in treatment it can reduce staff stress and burnout by decreasing power struggles with clients. The decision to change or not is, after all, up to the client. Therapist self-care and further training in MI are essential in achieving MI proficiency and more favorable treatment outcomes.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Describe the relationship between the Stages of Change and MI
- Utilize a client-centered approach to assess client’s readiness to change through validated scales i.e. University of Rhode Island Change Assessment Scale (URICA), and The Alcohol (and Illegal Drugs) Decisional Balance Scale
- Recognize the impact of a nonjudgmental, more interactive counseling style on information gathering
- Describe the nonconfrontational guiding style and the role of collaboration in MI
- Articulate elements of the Spirit of MI
- Utilize MI techniques such as FRAMES, the righting reflex and the Columbo Approach.
- Apply MI Microskills including OARS and E-P-E in client engagement and education related to substance use treatment
- Identify techniques for coping with pushback from clients that serve to avoid confrontation such as Dancing with Discord
6 clinical CE’s are approved for NJ LCSW/LSW/LPC/LAC/LCADC/CADC/LMFT and PA LPC via approval #170603-0153 issued by NASW-NJ. CE’s are also approved for NY LMSWs & LCSWs via approved provider #0443. See FAQ’s.
Ann Marie Bescherer, PhD, MBA, NCC, LPC, LCADC
Dr. Bescherer has over 20 years of experience in treating mental health and substance use disorders. She has worked in a variety of settings such as State psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes, pediatric facilities and outpatient programs for substance use treatment and co-occurring disorders. Dr. Bescherer’s titles ranged from Master Level Clinician to Director of Behavioral Health. As a result, she has considerable experience in developing and implementing original programming for inpatient, partial care, and IOP levels of care. In these programs, Dr. Bescherer incorporated and examined the efficacy of Motivational Interviewing which developed into professional presentations. Her passion for education is evident in her roles as an adjunct instructor and trainer. Dr. Bescherer has been employed in institutions of higher education such as Rowan University and is currently a trainer/consultant for New Jersey Prevention Network teaching various CADC courses.
Dr. Bescherer also maintains a small private practice in Cherry Hill, New Jersey called The Institute for Hope and Healing, LLC, where she sees and treats patients with co-occurring disorders, doing individual, family work, couples counseling, and independent consulting. In 2012, Dr. Bescherer completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Walden University and successfully published her dissertation with UMI/Proquest Publications entitled “Predicting Treatment Outcome for Co-Occurring Disorders through Individual Recovery Plan Goal Attainment.” In addition, Dr. Bescherer has a MBA degree with Concentration in Health and Medical Services Administration from Widener University.