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November 07, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
12 CEU/clock hours
Location: 115 Stillman Hall


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence based practice developed to increase people’s motivation to change through collaborative conversations in an environment of compassion and empathy. The primary objective of this training series is to teach individuals the technical and relational skills of MI within the framework of the latest 3rd edition of William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnicks’; Motivational Interviewing; Helping People Change.

This training will apply interactive methods to enhance the learning through a variety of experiences such as: experiential exercises, real and role plays, videos, and demonstrations. Participants will obtain general knowledge in the four processes of MI; engaging, evoking, focusing, and planning. Upon completion, participants will have developed proficiency in the following microskills: 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.

Participants must attend both sessions to receive credit. 

By the end of week one, participants will be able to:

  • Name and describe the Four Processes in Motivational Interviewing.
  • Define what OARS represents and discuss its usefulness in engaging clients.
  • Demonstrate and describe the Engaging process.
  • Describe the Righting Reflex and how it impacts resistance.
  • Explain how to do the technique of Elicit – Provide – Elicit.
  • Demonstrate and describe the Focusing process.

By the end of week two, 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, BCD

James has been utilizing and providing clinical supervision of the evidenced based practice Motivational Interviewing (MI) in direct care settings since 2007. James completed the MI and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) Consultant training through the Veterans Healthcare Administration. During this time he was taught to code clinical tapes by the primary developer of the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) fidelity tool. James participated in a Train the Trainer workshop titled Updates to MI, 3rd edition by William R. Miller, Ph.D. and Teri Moyers, Ph.D.  Since 2012, he has been providing training of MI and MET to local and national audiences consisting of a variety of multidisciplinary practitioners. James serves as an adjunct professor for the OSU College of Social Work where he received both his Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Social Work.

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider of the Ohio CSWMFT Board. Our social worker, counselor and MFT provider number is: RCST111747.