Motivational interviewing (MI) is an empathetic, collaborative communication method that supports the conditions for change and elicits and strengthens motivation. MI is nonjudgmental, non-confrontational and attempts to increase people’s awareness of the potential problems caused, consequences experienced and risks faced as a result of the behavior in question. MI has historically been used in addictions treatment but has applications to any field where individuals have the need to make changes in their lives.
This workshop will focus on the spirit, principles and foundations of MI and how MI is a restorative practice. Participants will be exposed to a functional range of practices that are used when working with individuals and families. Discussion topics will include deconstructing resistance, “change talk” and “the stages of change,” as well as strategies to help people identify and achieve goals. We will discuss the implementation of MI in Community Service Foundation’s counseling programs for at risk youth. Participants will take away practical applications to help motivate and work “with” people moving thorough a change process.