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November 16, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
6 CEU/clock hours
Location: 115 Stillman Hall


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence based practice developed to assist clients through the change process. This training will review a brief history of MI, evidence that supports this effective practice and updates throughout the 3rd edition.

This training will apply interactive methods to enhance the learning experience through: videos of MI in practice, exercises, role plays, demonstrations and assessment through simulated encounters. Participants will obtain general knowledge in the four processes of engaging, evoking, focusing and planning. Upon completion, participants will have developed proficiency in the following micro skills: open ended questions, affirmations, empathic reflections and summaries. These skills are practiced throughout the four processes to support people in resolving the common problem of ambivalence with the overarching goal of making healthy life changes.This is PART 2 of a 2-part series.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast Change Talk versus Sustain Talk.
  • Explain the use of the Importance/Confidence ruler.
  • Demonstrate and describe the Evoking process.
  • Describe two ways to elicit change talk.

Meet your presenter: James Portner, LISW-S, LICDC-CS.

James Portner received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University.  Mr. Portner has many years of experience working in private practice and in community mental health as a front line clinician, program coordinator and clinical trainer.  Mr. Portner has worked extensively with Case Western Reserve’s Center of Evidence Based Practices (CEBP) in the role of coordinating the implementation of Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT) programs.  He was intensively trained in the practice of Motivational Interviewing by Case Western Reserve CEBP as a clinician and supervisor.  Recently, Mr. Portner was trained as a Consultant of Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Enhancement Therapy.


The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider of the Ohio CSWMFT Board. Our social worker and MFT provider number is: RST111002. Our counselor provider number is: RCX011401.