About Motivational Interviewing
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a highly effective form of communication used in many different professional disciplines to help people effect change in their lives. MI is a person-centered, non-judgmental, guiding approach to elicit behavior change by helping people hear themselves while they explore and resolve their own ambivalence and motivation to change. Motivational Interviewing is a highly sought after training course to equip helping professionals to become more effective in guiding people to live an improved, healthier and empowered lifestyle.
Since 2008, I have been conducting MI trainings across the state of Wyoming and I love teaching this method of communication. I have trained people across the spectrum of helping professions including, nurses, doctors, educators, dieticians, health coaches, pastors, victim advocates, suicide prevention, substance use prevention and mental health profesionals. I am willing to work within the context of a training schedule that best fits the needs of a group and I design each training based on the unique needs of the group.
I became aware of and interested in motivational interviewing when I was asked to pilot the SBIRT program for the state of Wyoming. SBIRT is an acronym which stands for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to treatment and specifically targets people with moderate to heavy substance use patterns. As I worked with patients in health care settings, I could see the light-bulb come on in their eyes when for the first time, they heard their own concerns about substance use in their life. Along with my medical and life coaching background, I went on to have extensive training in the use of motivational interviewing techniques. Since 2008, I have conducted over 50 trainings and have introduced well over 1000 people to MI in Wyoming. I conduct both introductory and advanced MI training courses.
I am a passionate communicator with a mission to help others see the abundant possibilities in life. The training is fun, interactive, challenging and hopefully will change the perspective and increase the conversational skills of attendees. Participants will learn central tenants of the MI approach and basic MI techniques to use at work and in everyday life. Attendees will learn and then practice MI skills with classmates through role play and real play scenarios.
Motivational Interiew training will develop interpersonal communcations skills such as deep listening, and effective reflection while offering tools to open the door to life-changing conversations. The training is very useful for all professionals who ‘counsel’, coach, mentor or motivate people toward positive lifestyle change. Workshops are intended for anyone coming in contact with people who may have issues with substance use or struggle with maintaining a positive lifestyle. This includes RN’s, LPN’s, CNA’s, FNP’s, PA’s, physicians, health educators, wellness specialists, behavioral health specialists, social workers, pastoral staff, lay ministers, high school and college counselors, prevention coordinators or any other community members who may be involved in helping people effect change. CEU credits are available through the Wyoming Hospital Association for qualifying medical professionals.
It would be my pleasure to talk with you about setting up a motivational interview workshop for your community or workplace. References are available upon request. Please contact me to begin the discussion about setting up your MI training.