Motivational Interviewing-Building on the Basics


This 2-part series provides in-depth coverage of the theory and techniques of the evidence-based practice, Motivational Interviewing. Part One is an introduction to the guiding theory and essential treatment skills of the model.

Part Two is a presentation of advanced MI skills. This session will include significant opportunities for practice. Participants in Part Two should have attended Part One or a similar introductory training.

Friday, November 06, 2020, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM
Motivational Interviewing: Building on the Basics
Suzy Langevin, LICSW

This is an intermediate level training for practitioners with some knowledge and experience using Motivational Interviewing interventions. The focus of this workshop will be on hands on practice of MI skills, including advanced OARS application, strategies for increasing change talk, and an introduction to MI fidelity coding skills. All of these areas will be taught primarily through participants engaging in practice activities and learning by doing. This is an opportunity to deepen individual MI practice and begin to look at systemic applications for coaching MI practice with others.

This workshop assumes a basic understanding of the underlying theory and spirit of MI, allowing participants to work on applying those to real conversations about change they may encounter in clinical practice.

Following this training the participants will be able to:

  1. List and describe the diversity and range of OARS responses
  2. List and describe strategies for cultivating change talk to solidify commitment to change.
  3. Demonstrate the elements of MI coding and coaching.

Suzy Langevin, LICSW, LADC I, Director of Training and Professional Development at Open Sky Community Services, is committed to making the best evidence-based tools and supports available to both Open Sky employees and the broader community through the Bridge Training Institute.

Ms Langevin has presented regionally and nationally on implementing evidence-based treatment modalities, including the Stephanie Moulton Symposium, NAADAC Webinar Series, and the Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Collaborative Annual Conference.

She has extensive training and fidelity coding experience in Motivational Interviewing, and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Ms. Langevin also serves on a number of substance use related community groups, including the Regional Response to Recovery Partnership and the Central MA Substance Addiction Association.

Ms. Langevin has been with Open Sky for almost 10 years. Prior to taking of her current role, she served as Director of Dual Diagnosis Services, where she developed a model for services for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. She also previously worked to implement and supervise the provision of Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) services across adult and adolescent treatment settings and the development and opening of The Bridge Counseling Center, Open Sky’s outpatient division. In 2014, Ms. Langevin was awarded the ABH Excellence in Outcomes Award as a member of the CR for PTSD group. In addition to her work at Open Sky, Ms. Langevin has experience in a diverse range of settings, including emergency mental health, juvenile justice, residential treatment and hospital inpatient care.

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