CABHP launches virtual Motivational Interviewing coding lab

ASU’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy’s Motivational Interviewing (MI) coding lab (in operation now for over a decade), is launching a new, secure, online MI Portal for professionals to upload video and audio samples of their behavioral health interviews for review, coaching, and fidelity checks.

MI is a psychotherapeutic approach, for behavioral health professionals, which attempts to motivate clients who have experienced behavioral conditions, addictions and physical health concerns, away from a state of indecision or uncertainty, towards finding motivation to make positive decisions and accomplish established goals. Participants learn how to express and show empathy toward their clients, deal with breakdowns in the working relationship, support self-efficacy, and promote autonomy.

Individuals, groups, and agencies can use the MI Portal to improve MI techniques, track progress and develop enhanced MI skills over time through individualized feedback and coaching.

The coding lab is staffed by members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and public research university MI subject matter experts, who provide rapid feedback on submitted work samples. Each coder completes ongoing and extensive training and participates in ongoing inter-rater reliability assessments to ensure quality control and delivery of consistent feedback and coaching.

Adrienne Lindsay, principal manager for interprofessional training and curricula at the CABHP, explains why she believes so fiercely in the program. “MI is not only a useful tool for behavior change but general engagement," said Lindsey. "I have always felt it aligned with my personal ethics of respecting people’s autonomy and showing empathy for the hardships they endure, while still driving towards tangible results and lasting behavior change.”

Whether participants are new to MI basics and the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change, or experienced and looking to refine skills, the MI coding lab also issues certification that measures proficiency that can be used to show clinical supervisors, employers, and potential employers their MI skill level.

To find out more about what new MI Portal has to offer click here.

And don’t forget, the CABHP also offers in-person workshops which are 2-3 day intensive MI trainings. In fact you can register for an upcoming (12-CEU) MI Academy in Phoenix, Sept 13-14 or the same course in Tucson, Oct 11-12.