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Motivational Interviewing Skills Practice IV: Special Populations & Challenging Clients on ZOOM

July 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

There is a cost for this training.
CEUs offered: 3

Course Description:

This practice workshop will support the integration of the essential skills associated with motivational interviewing including the Spirit of MI, OARS, and reflective listening without engaging the righting reflex, specifically as it relates to the work you do on a daily basis.  Our focus will be on bringing together the four processes of MI: Engagement, Focusing, Evoking, and developing a Plan. We will use “real plays” to practice with the intention of increasing proficiency in your motivational interviewing skills.

Specific skills you will learn and practice:

  • Engaging your client to establish a mutually trusting and respectful helping relationship.
  • Focusing on a particular goal or direction for change.
  • Evoking your clients’ own motivation for a particular change.
  • Developing a specific change plan that the client is willing to implement.

In this Zoom format, we ask that you think of a scenario or situation you’ve had or can imagine and the target behavior and stage of change the client is at.  Please bring that with you to the training and/or submit in registration for Steve to look at prior to the practice.

Presenter Bio:

Steve Carlson, PsyD has been working in the mental and chemical health field for over thirty years in a variety of settings, mostly in clinical and management positions at various Community Mental Health Centers.  He is currently employed by the University of Minnesota as a Clinical Trainer at the Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health.  Additionally, Steve is a Community Faculty Member at Metropolitan State University.  His areas of interest and specialty include Integrated Mental and Chemical Health Treatment, Stages of Change & Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Mindfulness and Mental Health, The Psychology of Long-Term Homelessness, Trauma-Informed Care using the Sanctuary Model, Supportive Housing Model and other mental health topics.  As a Certified Minnesota Trainer in Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) Steve provides training and consultation to agencies around the State of Minnesota and nationally. Steve is a member of MINT, the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He can be reached at carlson561@gmail.com

PREREQUISITE: Must have taken MESH’s Motivational Interviewing series or possess solid understanding of Motivational Interviewing.

How to register:  Registration below is broken into Member & Non-Member.  If you are unsure whether you are part of a member organization or would like more information about membership, please contact Michele.  If you choose to pay by credit card, you will be walked through payment process and receive an automated email confirming your payment and registration.  If you choose to pay by check, you will receive an invoice from MESH.  Payment is expected prior to training date.  Please contact Michele if scholarship help is needed.  I will send out the Zoom link the day prior.


July 30
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Steve Carlson


Scholarships Available