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Motivational Interviewing Skills Workshop Via Zoom

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Motivational Interviewing
Abby Diehl, Ph.D., Maj, USAF, BSC
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This intensive 2-day workshop provides skills training in Motivational Interviewing (MI), which is a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change (Miller & Rollnick, 2013). The workshop will review the foundational constructs related to MI with an emphasis on the Spirit of MI. Participants will practice fundamental client centered counseling skills (OARS+I) across the four processes of an MI encounter (Engage, Focus, Evoke, Plan). The workshop will articulate when it is appropriate to use MI skills in a clinical encounter with a focus on health behavioral changes. Videotaped examples of MI sessions will be used to demonstrate therapist skills.  Participant participation in  real-plays to demonstrate MI skills and attendance at both days of the workshop are required for training completion. Participants will leave the workshop with a personalized plan to continue MI skills practice and reflective feedback.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the history and foundational constructs related to MI.
  2. Analyze the importance of the Spirit of MI (Partnership, Acceptance, Compassion, Evocation) in MI encounters.
  3. Develop an accurate theoretical definition of the MI style and articulate the role of MI in a clinical encounter.
  4. Differentiate between MI-congruent and MI-incongruent communication styles (i.e., directing, following, guiding).
  5. Analyze the empirical evidence and theoretical basis for the use of a motivational style conversation in facilitating behavioral changes.
  6. Evaluate the use of MI to resolve ambivalence and improve implementation of desired patient changes.
  7. Apply the four processes of MI encounters (Engage, Focus, Evoke, Plan) within a real play practice.
  8. Use client centered counseling skills (OARS+I) across each of the four processes of an MI style encounter.
  9. Demonstrate recognition of change talk (DARNCATs).
  10. Differentiate between preparatory and mobilizing change talk within a clinical encounter example.
  11. Integrate evocation of change talk (DARNCATs) within a real play encounter.
  12. Apply softening of sustain talk and dealing with discord as it arises in an MI encounter.
  13. Design an individualized plan for continued practice and feedback on MI skills.


Motivational Interviewing (MI) 2-Day Workshop


Day One

Check-in & Download Handouts

8:45am – 9:00am

Introduction & Workshop Overview

9:00am – 10:00am

Conversations about Change

10:00am – 11:00am

The Spirit of MI

11:00am – 12:00pm

MI Practice & Overview

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Lunch Break

1:00pm - 2:00pm

MI: Empirical Foundation & Evidence

2:00pm - 2:30pm

MI: The 4 Processes

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Client Centered Counseling Skills: OARS+I

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Process 1: Engage

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Day Two


8:45am – 9:00am

Process 2: Focus

9:00am – 10:00am

Process 3: Evoke

10:00am - 1:00pm

Lunch Break

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Softening Sustain Talk

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Process 4: Plan

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Putting it All Together Practice

4:00pm - 5:00pm

MI in Your Practice

5:00pm - 5:30pm

One hour for lunch and two 15-minute breaks each day to be assigned as needed.

American Psychological Association Sponsor Approval:

The Center for Deployment Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Deployment Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education Provider Approval:

The Center for Deployment Psychology, #1761, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.  Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers.  State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.  The Center for Deployment Psychology maintains responsibility for this course.  ACE provider approval period: May 19, 2021 – May 19, 2022.  Social workers completing this course receive 4 Live, Interactive Webinar continuing education credits.


**More detailed information about Continuing Education credits provided for this course can be found in the CE Memo located in the "handouts" section**




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Assistant Professor, Medical and Clinical Psychology, Uniformed Services University

Abby Diehl, Ph.D., is a clinical health psychologist working as an Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of Military Psychology Studies in the Medical and Clinical Psychology Department at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Diehl oversees the development and implementation of the military specific psychology coursework for clinical psychology graduate students. She is a graduate of the Malcolm Grow (USAF) Medical Center Psychology Residency Program and the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (USAF) post-doctoral program in Clinical Health Psychology. She has served as active duty as a psychologist in the United States Air Force since 2013.

Dr. Diehl graduated from Southwestern University with a BS in psychology, from Texas State University with a MA in health psychology, and received her doctorate in counseling psychology from Texas Tech University. She specializes in military psychology, clinical health psychology, behavioral health integration into primary care, relationship health interventions, and motivational interviewing. Dr. Diehl is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She completed the first ever virtual training of new motivational interviewing trainers in Oct 2020.


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