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Overview of Motivational Interviewing


Overview of Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing (MI) belongs to a category of evidenced-based interventions aimed at increasing clients' commitment to change. It draws on strategies from client-centered counseling, cognitive therapy, and a strengths perspective, and focuses on building intrinsic motivation for change, through exploring and resolving ambivalence.

While initially developed to address problem drinking, over the past 25 years, motivational interviewing has been applied to a wide range of populations and behavioral change areas, and the efficacy of this practice model has been demonstrated in numerous clinical trials involving comparisons to other models. Robust scientific evidence has shown support for Motivational Interviewing in working in such areas as smoking cessation, medication adherence, nutrition and fitness, elder care, and the rehabilitation of persons with various disabilities, vocational pursuits, social skill development.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Articulate the four principles of Motivational Interviewing

  • Practice the 4 basic skills of Motivational Interviewing

  • Assess their balance of closed-ended vs open ended questions

  • Identify Change talk vs sustain talk

  • Name and qualifications of facilitator

    Dr. Andrew Hamid holds an MSW (Toronto), M.Mus (Royal Conservatory) and PhD in Social Work & Psychology (Michigan). He has extensive clinical and supervisory experience in the field of substance abuse. He has been on the faculty of Columbia University’s School of Social Work for the past 20 years where he teaches primarily in the area of substance abuse, motivational interviewing (MI) and also in international health & social development. At Columbia’s Medical School, he teaches in the area of MI and health behavior change.

    Over the past 2 decades, Dr. Hamid has been actively involved in delivering professional development workshops to Human Service agencies across the US and Canada on the application of MI to a wide range of client populations. More recently, he has been engaged in facilitating workshops on the cultural adaptability of Motivational Interviewing in various parts of the developing world.

    Information for Continuing Education:
    This course has been approved for 6 Social Work LMSW/LCSW CE hours, 6 LMHC CE hours, 6 CASAC/CPP/CPS CE hours are pending.To receive the CE hours participants must: arrive on time; stay for the full session; submit a post-test; and document their attendance via the CE sign in and sign-out sheet. No credit will be provided for partial attendance, no exceptions please. Please have your Social Work License Number on hand.

    Important Notice:
    The Coalition for Behavioral Health, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0098 and is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0121.

    For questions about CE credits please contact:
    Amanda Saake Director of The Center for Rehabilitation & Recovery

    For questions concerning registration please contact: Deborah Short, Administrative Coordinator,

    While this workshop is free of charge, there is a $50 cancellation fee if registrants do not cancel more than 24 hours in advance. To cancel, please email Deborah Short at:

    Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm | Doors open at 9:00am
    Location: The Coalition for Behavioral Health | 123 William Street, 19th Floor | Manhattan

    *Note: The usual lunch hour will be limited to 30 minutes for this training, feel free to bring lunch from home, we have a kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave to store and heat up food.

    **We reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization based on the
    demand for the workshop/meeting.**