Help Them Quit: Motivational Interviewing & Addiction provides an introduction to the Motivational Interviewing, an evidence-based approach to conversations about change inherent in addiction work. The focus of the workshop will be on helping professionals who work with individuals struggling with addiction develop relationships and dialogue that deepens commitment for change and health. By learning what to emphasize and what to let go, how to transition between sharing information and eliciting information, providers will learn how to make every word count.
Specific Learning Objectives
At this 1-day workshop, Learners will:
- verbalize the spirit, four principles and four processes of Motivational Interviewing,
- specify examples of communication that are inconsistent with an MI approach and explain why this may not be the best way to individuals struggling with addiction, and
- practice core Motivational Interviewing skills (e.g., open-ended inquiry, affirmation, reflective listening)
Special guest Patrick Kennedy will join us in the morning to briefly share his personal story of overcoming addiction. He is a powerful mental health advocate.
Dr. Annette Brooks is a clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology and organizational management. She draws on over 20 years of experience teaching and training on communication, change engagement, and interpersonal “soft” skills. Dr. Brooks has been training Motivational Interviewing nationally since 2000. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, Inc. (MINT) and a national MI consultant for the national Evidence-Based Practice Initiative. In addition to offering workshops on motivational interviewing and communication, she serves as the Organization Development Consultant at the New Mexico VA Health Care System and Assistant Professor in the Psychiatry Department at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Brooks is also a graduate of the VA Leadership Institute and a certified VA Mentor.