Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based person-centered communication method that assists individuals in resolving ambivalence to change by eliciting and strengthening their own motivation and reasons for change in an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. MI proceeds from a core belief that individuals are naturally inclined to strive to be their best selves. Beyond the practical skills involved, this approach emphasizes a way of being with clients that forms the foundation of its effectiveness. Training helps to better equip a variety of practitioners to meet clients where they are, affirm their strengths, listen for, and evoke their inherent motivation, and collaborate with them to set their own actionable personal change goals. All sessions include opportunities to practice skills using various exercises.
Trainings are geared to:
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Trainings can also be customized for organizations. Please contact me for more information.
By completing Motivational Interviewing training, participants will be able to:
Joe Simmons brings a unique combination of background and strengths to Motivational Interviewing training:
Joe Simmons has partnered with individuals and teams from large and small, public and private, FQHCs, and a host of other health organizations, including:
Basic concepts and skills of Motivational Interviewing to help individuals resolve ambivalence to make positive behavior changes to improve self-management and health outcomes. Participants learn and practice core skills, observe demonstrations, and engage in active discussion to reinforce learning.
Practitioners with some previous training explore intermediate skills for supporting clients in navigating change. Topics include evoking and strengthening change talk and using the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity Scale to fortify MI fidelity.
How to engage in a productive dialogue using Motivational Interviewing tools with individuals who are uncertain about vaccination. Learn and practice strategies to listen with accurate empathy, avoid argument or discord, and assist with resolving ambivalence with compassion and acceptance.
Practical Motivational Interviewing tools to increase engagement and trust with clients by phone, virtually, or in person to support behavior change to improve self-management and health outcomes. Includes skills practice.
Ongoing supervision and coaching of MI practitioners greatly enhances development and maintenance of proficiency in fidelity and skills. This two-day training provides supervisors with Motivational Interviewing-based tools to support team members in collaborations with clients to strengthen MI adherence and increase confidence in their practice.
In two-hour group coaching sessions facilitated through Zoom online platform, small groups of practitioners or supervisors discuss and role play ongoing issues encountered in their MI practice with patients, clients, or in staff supervision.
Individualized coaching and support to discuss issues encountered in implementing Motivational Interviewing or supervising practitioners.
I can customize a Motivational Interviewing training program to suit your organization at a special rate. Please click below to discuss options and pricing.