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The Tri-Valley Library of Conversations Courses

Motivational Interviewing:  Person-centered Care

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Steven Chisholm

Steven Chisholm, MA, Professor and Addiction Program Coordinator of North Shore Community College's Drug and Alcohol Programs in Lynn. In addition to offering various addiction & prevention training programs across New England, he also conducts local Recovery Coach Training.

Course Description:


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is actually a way of caring for other people, a way of listening to their needs and concerns, and a way of effectively offering presence and support as they contemplate and plan for change  - many times significant change - in their lives. MI skills have been shown to increase treatment/care engagement and retention, and they can be particularly useful in the beginning stages of counseling and helping relationships. While this training will focus on the use of MI skills in the care of persons living with substance use disorders, the underlying principles of care can very much be used in other types of helping relationships that involve rather different types of change. 

Specific issues to be addressed during this presentation include:

  • Key principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI)

  • Stages through which people move when contemplating and planning for change.

  • Skills for recognizing what stage of readiness people are in when they present for help.

  • Strategies for effectively working with and leveraging people's readiness for change.

  • Person-specific factors to be considered when tailoring MI interventions.

  • Role-play scripts that can be used in counseling and helping relationships.

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