Motivational Interviewing Part Two-Building on the Basics


This 2-part series provides in-depth coverage of the theory and techniques of the evidence-based practice, Motivational Interviewing. Part One is an introduction to the guiding theory and essential treatment skills of the model.

Part Two is a presentation of advanced MI skills. This session will include significant opportunities for practice. Participants in Part Two should have attended Part One or a similar introductory training.

Friday, November 06, 2020, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM
Motivational Interviewing Part 2: Building on the Basics
Suzy Langevin, LICSW

This is an intermediate level training for practitioners with some knowledge and experience using Motivational Interviewing interventions. The focus of this workshop will be on hands on practice of MI skills, including advanced OARS application, strategies for increasing change talk, and an introduction to MI fidelity coding skills. All of these areas will be taught primarily through participants engaging in practice activities and learning by doing. This is an opportunity to deepen individual MI practice and begin to look at systemic applications for coaching MI practice with others.

This workshop assumes a basic understanding of the underlying theory and spirit of MI, allowing participants to work on applying those to real conversations about change they may encounter in clinical practice.

Following this training the participants will be able to:

  1. List and describe the diversity and range of OARS responses
  2. List and describe strategies for cultivating change talk to solidify commitment to change.
  3. Demonstrate the elements of MI coding and coaching.

Suzy Langevin, LICSW, Director of Dual Diagnosis Services at Open Sky Community Services, holds an MSW from Boston College. As the Director of Dual Diagnosis Services, Ms. Langevin oversees the provision of integrated services for mental health and substance use disorders for adolescents and adults. This has included developing and implementing staff training packages in harm reduction, stage-wise treatment, general knowledge of substance use and co-occurring disorders, SBIRT, and motivational interviewing; and partnering with Peer Services to develop and supervise the emerging role of Peer Recovery Coaches.

Ms Langevin has presented regionally and nationally on the implementation of integrated treatment.

She has extensive training and fidelity coding experience in Motivational Interviewing and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

Prior to her current role at Open Sky, Ms. Langevin worked to implement and supervise the provision of Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) services across adult and adolescent treatment settings. From 2015-2016, she oversaw the development and opening of The Bridge Counseling Center, the outpatient division of Open Sky. In 2014, she was awarded the ABH Excellence in Outcomes Award as a member of the CR for PTSD group. In addition to her work at Open Sky, Ms. Langevin has experience in juvenile justice, inpatient psychiatry, foster care, and emergency mental health.

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