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Substance use and addiction are among the hardest to treat. Why? It’s all about readiness and motivation to change behavior. This is the part addicts really struggle with – MI is your answer! Learn all the classic MI skills and how to effectively apply them in your substance abuse treatment with clients at all various stages of change.

Motivational interviewing is a commonly utilized theory in substance abuse treatment to assist clients in their path toward recovery. This workshop will teach participants strategies to engage clients in treatment, learn how to resolve ambivalence, and empower clients to make behavioral changes that last beyond treatment. The workshop will begin with an overview of the core principles of Motivational Interviewing and how it is used in substance abuse treatment. Essential motivational interviewing components such as building a strong therapeutic alliance, evoking change talk, enhancing self-efficacy, and goal setting and action planning will be covered. Participants in this workshop will learn the main
principles of motivational interviewing, along with practical insights to apply with clients. This workshop is for counselors who are interested in increasing their therapeutic skills and implementing Motivational Interviewing techniques with clients.


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This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Learn and understand the fundamental principles of Motivational Interviewing in substance abuse treatment.

b). Identify core techniques such as open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarization.

c). Develop skills needed to establish a strong therapeutic alliance.

d). Learn and practice specific motivational interviewing techniques to evoke change talk.

e). Develop skills to address client’s ambivalence, resistance, and evoke reasons for change.

f). Learn and understand the importance of a client’s belief in their ability to make positive changes and increase their self-efficacy.

g). Guide clients in setting realistic goals and identify steps toward achieving those goals.

h). Learn ethical and professional issues involved in the use of Motivational Interviewing in substance abuse treatment.


Target Audience:

Clinical Mental Health Professionals such as Counselors, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Kimberly Duris, EdD, LCPC

Material Author(s): Kimberly Duris, EdD, LCPC

Kimberly Duris, Ed.D., LCPC, CADC, C-DBT is the clinical director for Guiding Light Counseling in Bolingbrook, IL, and an associate professor of psychology at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Dr. Duris has worked in community mental health for 20 years. Her educational background includes a doctorate of education specializing in counselor education and supervision (Ed.D. in CES) and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. In addition, Dr. Duris is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Certified Alcohol and other Drug Counselor, and a certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dr. Duris’ clinical experience includes working with adolescents who have been dually diagnosed with a mental illness and a substance abuse disorder, adults with chronic, severe mental illness, and private practice work settings, and multiple positions providing clinical supervision to master level interns and master’s degree professionals seeking licensure. Dr. Duris began utilizing DBT as a treatment modality in a psychosocial rehabilitation program servicing adult with severe, chronic mental health diagnoses.

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