Motivational Interviewing: Inviting and Acknowledging Change Talk

December 1, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Conference Room A, Catholic Charities
1654 W Onondaga St
Syracuse, NY 13204
115 $
Social Work Continuing Education

The School of Social Work in Falk College, an approved provider of continuing education for LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State, will offer Motivational Interviewing: Inviting and Acknowledging Change Talk. This workshop targets clinicians seeking an advanced level of Motivational Interviewing (MI) training. The learner will consider MI’s application to a broad use of behavior changes ranging from health behaviors to substance use. The workshop offers a hands-on experiential learning approach with ample opportunities for role-plays, discussion, and case conceptualization. Learners will leave with an advanced knowledge of tangible clinical interventions to be used with clients, targeting collaboratively identified problem behaviors.

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Participant learning objectives:

  • To learn how MI’s emphasis on change talk makes it unique.
  • To learn tangible skills for eliciting change talk with their clients.
  • To learn to help clients gain and enhance motivation towards making meaningful behavioral changes.
  • To gain an advanced understanding of the utilization micro-skills and structured activities used to elicit change talk.
  • To understand the research that guides MI’s increasing focus on recognizing, reinforcing, and evoking change language.


Course Details

Date: Friday, December 1, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (check-in begins at 8:00am)
Cost: $115.00

NYS Dept. of Education and NYS Social Work Board has approved this workshop for 6.5 contact hours.

For more information contact: Social Work Continuing Education

To register to attend, please submit a course registration form

Presenter: Bernard K. Showers III, LCSW, CAADC

Bernard ShowersBernard K. Showers III is a Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CAADC) as well as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania. During his seven years of experience, Bernard has worked in various mental health settings. He has developed an expertise in Motivational Interviewing. Bernard was nominated to be a National Consultant in the Department of Veterans Affairs for Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Enhancement Therapy, and since then has presented to a number of local, regional, and national audiences. He is also one of approximately 1,500 members who completed the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers Train-the-Trainer. Bernard is currently an Adjunct Professor at Shippensburg University in PA and an outpatient Behavioral Health Social Worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs in PA.