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April 16, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Motivational Interviewing in Addiction Treatment

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Addictions (only if you are working towards the Addictions certificate).

You do not have to be working toward the Addictions certificate to take this course

If you have previously taken the one-day Motivational Interviewing workshop at Laurier, you may be exempt from this course and be eligible for six hours towards the Addiction certificate.

This course has been approved for 12 core CACCF continuing education hours.

April 3 and 4, 2014
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $275
Instructor: Angela Rolleman, MSW, RSW

Motivational Interviewing (MI), developed by clinical psychologists William Miller and Stephen Rollnick, is a directive, client-centered approach used to strengthen clients’ motivation for positive behaviour change by exploring and resolving feelings of ambivalence. This approach has been established as an evidence-based practice for the treatment of individuals with addiction problems. Clinical trials have found that clients exposed to motivational interviewing (vs. more directive treatment interventions) are more likely to enter and complete addiction treatment, and have substantially higher abstinence and reduction rates in their substance use. This two-day interactive workshop will introduce participants to the clinical method of motivational interviewing and provide opportunities for hands-on practice with applying this approach to motivate clients to change problematic substance use and other addictive behaviours.

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:
  • describe the basic concepts of motivational interviewing, including its spirit and essential strategies
  • describe the Stages of Change model and explain the relationship between motivational interventions and stages of change
  • assess clients’ readiness for change
  • implement motivational interviewing strategies to explore and resolve clients' feelings of ambivalence or resistance to changing addictive behaviours
  • identify and facilitate "change talk" in their clients
  • strengthen empathic counselling skills (described by the OARS acronym)