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Suicide Prevention - An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

  • Four Points by Sheraton 1125 Boston-Providence Turnpike Norwood, MA, 02062 United States (map)

Presenter: Audrey Waldman has been providing Motivational Interviewing (MI) training since 2010 and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. She works full time for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health as a case manager and an MI trainer. 

Description: Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered, evidence-based, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. It does this by highlighting a person’s ambivalence regarding a change and guides them to finding within themselves the ability and reasons to make the change.

By the end of this one day introduction to MI I will have gone over what MI is (and isn’t), explained the “spirit” of MI, and discussed the four process of MI. This will be done with a combination of learning approaches, including didactic, video examples, and discussion

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