At-a-Glance Dates

WORKSHOPS:  

Fri-Sat 2/29-3/1/08, Boston
Motivational Interviewing: Advanced Skills Development

Fri-Sat 3/14-3/15/08, Boston
Motivational Interviewing for Dietary Behavior Change

 

WEBINARS: (EST)  

Thu 11/29/07, 3:00-4:30
Motivational Interviewing with Kids & Parents
 

Thu 12/6/07, 3:00-4:30
Motivational Interviewing and the Non-Diet Approach  
 

Mon 12/10/07, 3:00-4:30
Motivational Interviewing with Kids & Parents, Intermediate
 

Mon 1/7/08, 3:00-4:30
Motivational Interviewing with Kids & Parents
 

Mon 1/14/08, 1:00-2:30
What is Motivational Interviewing?
 

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www.miinstitute.com 

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Institute for Motivation and Change

229 Billerica Road

Chelmsford, MA 01824

Tel: 781-890-1618 


 

Ellen Glovsky, Ph.D., RD, LDN
 
Gary Rose, Ph.D.
Motivational Interviewing is a powerful, evidence-based consultation style with applications to the many sub-fields of health behavior change, including addictions treatment, chronic disease management, diet and nutrition, diabetes education, cardiac rehabilitation, and many other health-care challenges. Learn how MI techniques can improve your patients' outcomes and enhance your practice.
The "Spirit" of Motivational Interviewing: Honoring Ambivalence

MI holds that ambivalence is normal whenever people are confronted with the possibility of changing their behavior. This is true even when (and perhaps especially when) the evidence in favor of change is very clear or even overwhelming.

In reality, there are almost always compelling reasons not to change, and it is only human nature to defend the existing behavior. If we as counselors argue for change, clients naturally will argue against it; and passionate arguments for change often undermine the clients' investment in the change process.

Rather than fighting the ambivalence and labeling our clients as "noncompliant" or "in denial", appreciating, discussing, and honoring their ambivalence is key to fostering change in health behavior. It may sound counter-intuitive, but by understanding and empathizing with the client's mixed feelings about change, we actually allow them to begin the process of changing.

We can assume that people do what they do in regards to their health for very good reasons, and that these choices bring something important to their lives. In the case of food, people choose the types and amounts of food they do because of tradition, habit, emotional comfort, and family preferences. The idea of changing dietary habits may be perceived as suffering a loss, or even simply not possible. At the same time, the patient may be convinced that such change is truly important.

Helping patients resolve this ambivalence is key, as is helping them talk about the compelling reasons for change. We know that people are more likely to change when they talk themselves into it. In MI we call this "change talk", and the spirit of MI helps bring it about.
 
 
WORKSHOPS
Join us at Northeastern University in Boston for hands-on training. The following 2 day workshop is $350, and the 1.5 day workshop is $325. 

 

Motivational Interviewing: Advanced Skills Development
Gary Rose, Ph.D.

Practitioners from a wide range of settings face the challenge of encouraging patients to consider behavior change – in diet, smoking, taking medicines, exercise and drinking. It is often a frustrating encounter. This workshop provides an opportunity for practitioners who have already been utilizing the skills and techniques of Motivational Interviewing to:

  • Learn about recent advances in models, concepts and skills for conducting constructive consultations about behavior change.
  • Develop advanced competencies in selective reflection and the elicitation of change talk.
  • Practice coding of MI sessions for the purposes of supervision and skills development.
  • Address the application of Motivational Interviewing to special populations (to be determined by the needs of the enrollees).

Open to all practitioners who have completed a basic workshop in MI and want to continue developing their skillfulness in MI. This is an intensive 2-day workshop limited to 20 participants.

 

Motivational Interviewing for Dietary Behavior Change
Ellen Glovsky, Ph.D., RD, LDN

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidenced based approach to health behavior change consultation that has proven helpful for practitioners across many fields of health care. MI is a person-centered, directive style of consultation that uses empathy, empowerment, and the skillful use of directive listening to guide the client toward change.

This 1 1/2-day workshop is designed specifically for dietitians, nutritionists, and others whose work entails helping people to change their behavior with food.

The workshop will provide a basic introduction to Motivational Interviewing, the MI philosophy, the microskills necessary for bringing this “spirit” to consultations, and various techniques that can be integrated into everyday professional practice. Teaching methods will include lecture, discussion, role play and “real play”, as well as video clips that demonstrate MI techniques.

This 1.5 day (9 contact hours) workshop will be beneficial to those new to MI as well as to those who wish to deepen their understanding of MI.
 
 
 
WEBINARS
Join us from the comfort of your own home or office. 
The following webinars are $75 each. 

 

Motivational Interviewing with Kids & Parents
Gary Rose, Ph.D

During the last ten years, there has been marked interest in the applications of the MI consultation style to work with adolescents, children, and their families. MI for kids and adolescents has addressed a variety of problems and concerns, including adolescent smoking and substance misuse, school noncompliance, childhood obesity, unsafe sexual practices, and general child-parent conflict. 

This webinar will provide a general introduction to the philosophy, science, and techniques of Motivational Interviewing, with particular focus on the needs of the professional who deals with children, adolescents, and their parents. We will discuss the concepts of the “righting reflex,” change talk, and the decisional matrix, three core components of the MI guiding style. The webinar will provide a valuable learning experience both for practitioners who have no prior knowledge of MI as well as those who have been briefly introduced to the model. 

Motivational Interviewing with Kids & Parents, Intermediate
Gary Rose, Ph.D

This intermediate webinar will provide an opportunity for individuals to continue their skills development in the application of MI principles and techniques to the treatment of children and adolescents. It is available for all professionals who have completed an introductory MI webinar or equivalent.       

What is Motivational Interviewing?
Ellen Glovsky, Ph.D., RD, LDN

This webinar will introduce the philosophy (“spirit”) and techniques of Motivational Interviewing (MI), an evidenced-based consultation style with applications to the many sub-fields of health behavior change, including addictions treatment, chronic disease management, diet and nutrition, diabetes education, and cardiac rehabilitation, to name but a few. We will discuss the concepts of the “righting reflex,” change talk, and the decisional matrix, three core components of the MI guiding style. This webinar is ideal for any professional who is wondering if MI might be a helpful strategy for their clinical practice.
 

Motivational Interviewing and the "Non-Diet" Approach to Dietary Behavior Change
Ellen Glovsky, Ph.D., RD, LDN
 

Motivational Interviewing skills are especially useful in teaching a “non-diet” approach to dietary behavior change. This non-diet approach teaches hunger and fullness awareness, food choice based on what one really wants to eat, and conscious eating. The method takes into account special dietary needs as well as a healthy diet for disease prevention.

This webinar will discuss the basics of Motivational Interviewing, and its application to the “non-diet” method. We will discuss the philosophy (“spirit”) and techniques of Motivational Interviewing, as well as the concepts of the “righting reflex,” change talk, and the decisional matrix, three core components of the MI guiding style. This webinar is appropriate for any health care provider who works with clients/patients regarding dietary behavior change.

 

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