Motivational Interviewing Training


The Essentials of Motivational Interviewing
(1-Day Intensive Workshop) 

Thursday, March 21, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pitkin Community Center
30 Greenfield Street, Wethersfield
FULL, waitlist only


Thursday, April 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Burroughs Community Center
2470 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport

CEUs Available
$60 - Lunch Included


This one day of fast paced interactive learning will provide you with the foundational knowledge and skills to use Motivational Interviewing (MI) with your clients. Across a broad range of care settings, being able to successfully engage and harness clients’ own motivations for making important life changes are key elements for success. The most efficient way to understand the dynamics of the MI model, and to develop competency, is through practice -- learning by doing. Through a series of structured learning activities that include role-plays, ‘real’-plays, video demonstrations, and small group exercises, you will be progressively guided to improve your skills from basic to more advanced levels.  Most importantly, you will be able to transfer and incorporate newly learned MI skills into your real-world interactions.

Over the course of this 1-day workshop you will become familiar with the basic theory of MI, practice ways to foster an effective therapeutic alliance at the very first meeting and develop skills to successfully engage difficult cases. You will also become skilled at recognizing, eliciting, and reinforcing key client verbalizations that will set the stage for an effective plan for changing self-defeating behaviors.

1. Develop a basic level of proficiency so that you can begin to use Motivational Interviewing (MI) with your own clients
2. Recognize the essential features of the MI communication style and how it differs from other approaches
3. Become skilled at engaging reluctant clients and forming a powerful and productive alliance at the very first meeting
4. Respond to challenging and provocative client statements in a way that reduces defensiveness and moves interactions forward
5. Understand the reasons why what your clients say, during clinical interactions, matters more than what you say
6. Recognize and reinforce client verbalizations that signal internal energy for change
Raymond Chip Tafrate, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Central Connecticut State University. He is on the advisory board of the forensic special interest group for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, a diplomate of the National Anger Management Association, the editorial board for Criminal Justice and Behavior, a Fellow and Supervisor at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Dr. Tafrate frequently consults with criminal justice agencies and programs, community mental health centers, and private practices and has trained thousands of professionals to work more effectively with adolescents and adults with difficult-to-change problems such as anger dysregulation and criminal behavior. He has presented his research throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. His most recent books are: Anger management for everyone (2nd ed.): Ten proven strategies to help you control anger and live a happier life (2019; New Harbinger), CBT with justice-involved clients: Interventions for antisocial and self-destructive behaviors (2018; Guilford Press), and Forensic CBT: A handbook for clinical practice (2014; Wiley). 



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