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CDP Presents Dancing with Ambivalence in Psychotherapy: Moving between Motivational Interviewing and EBPs with Balance and Grace

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Onna Brewer
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90 minutes
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Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based, person-centered style of communicating that is designed to facilitate engagement in helping relationships and strengthen a person’s own motivation for behavior change, skills that can be integrated with a variety of other evidence-based approaches to care (Miller & Rollnick, 2013). This session will involve deeper discussion of the MI concepts and skills introduced in last year’s webinar by the same presenter. Specifically, this webinar will emphasize embodying the essential spirit and core skills of MI when addressing ambivalence about evidence-based psychotherapy engagement and behavior change with clients; approaches to moving between MI and other EBPs; and deconstructing the concept of resistance in the service of supporting both behavior change and the therapeutic relationship throughout EBPs. Participants will be invited to consider how they may integrate MI within the context of their EBP practice and examine various sample client scenarios throughout the presentation.


Target Audience: For behavioral health providers who treat military personnel, veterans, and their families. 

Instructional Level: Introductory


Learning Objectives:

Attendees will be able to:

  • Analyze the importance of the essential spirit and core skills of Motivational Interviewing and how they can be integrated within other EBP approaches.

  •  Evaluate the use of MI to address ambivalence about behavior change, support a strong therapeutic relationship, and engagement in EBPs.



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Dr. Onna Brewer is a clinical psychologist and consultant in private practice. Her research and community-based work have focused on processes of behavior change, behavioral health treatment approaches, and improving access to care for underserved communities. Her post-doctoral training and early career included trauma specialization and providing outpatient care with the Veterans Health Administration where she was also a Motivational Interviewing consultant and regional trainer for the VA’s National Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Initiative. She is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, the Florida Psychological Association and APA. Dr. Brewer is licensed to practice psychology in the states of Florida and Illinois, and she provides training and consultation for a diverse array of helping professionals and organizations around the world.


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