Motivational Interviewing Basics

Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented method of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is intended to strengthen personal motivation for & commitment to a change goal by eliciting and exploring an individuals own arguments for change. This evidenced-based practice is used in numerous settings including: addictions & mental health care, primary care, emergency rooms, public health care, criminal justice, street outreach & shelters, and child welfare.

Learning Objectives:

  • describe communication styles and common ‘roadblocks’
  • explain the core components of Motivational Interviewing as they apply
  • identify instances of ‘change talk’ (things people might say about engaging in behavior change) versus ‘sustain talk’ (things people might verbalize about why or how they cannot change)
  • introduce OARS technique 
  • generate simple reflections which shift the momentum of an interaction toward change
  • produce open-ended questions & complex reflections that strategically pull for statements about change

Registration: $110 per person. Student Registration: Enrolled students may receive a discount. Please email for questions.

Paid parking close to our ASU offices on the 1st floor of the Westward Ho is available at the corner of Fillmore and Central, at street meters, and other parking lots downtown. We are unable to provide or validate parking for this event.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Downtown Phoenix Campus - Westward Ho Concho Room, 618 N. Central Ave, 1st Floor, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Course Delivery/Region: 
Phoenix Metro
Event Type: 
Professional development