On-Demand: Motivational Interviewing: A Searchlight for Motivation with Ambivalent Clients - 5 CEUs


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  • CE Hours Included: 5 Core (please see below for details)
  • Format: On-Demand Webinar (“Asynchronous”) ~ At your leisure to be viewed at your own pace. You may pause, rewind, and fast forward at any point during the videos. You are in complete control of how you view this workshop. It also comes with a PowerPoint and references. There is a quiz at the end to ensure viewing and required by all CE approval organizations.
  • Investment: $115
  • Presented by: Angela Bethea-Walsh, Ph.D.

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify the limitations of a confrontational helping style with ambivalent individuals or in response to relationship discord.
  • Describe the “Spirit” of Motivational Interviewing (MI).
  • Describe the four processes of MI (Engaging, Focusing, Evoking, Planning).
  • Practice strategies to respond effectively to clients’ reluctance or “resistance” to change.
  • Utilize three MI principles or interviewing skills to elicit intrinsic motivation to change in a non-confrontational style.
  • Explain ways to reinforce “change talk”.
  • Develop a plan for how to integrate MI into clinical practice.

Workshop Description:

Angela R. Bethea-Walsh, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) will provide a full-day introductory-level MI training designed for health care providers. This level of training is appropriate for individuals with minimal or moderate exposure to Motivational Interviewing.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based, person-centered clinical treatment developed to engage individuals into treatment in contrast to the traditionally confrontational and sometimes demoralizing treatment that historically has been practiced in the healthcare field.

This workshop will address how to use MI methods with ambivalent clients. Dr. Bethea-Walsh will also discuss how to use MI methods to get unstuck with clients who are reluctant or “resistant” to change.

Dr. Bethea-Walsh proposes to present the underlying “Spirit” and principles of MI. She will present an overview of MI methods within “The four MI processes” framework: engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning. Identifying “change talk” (language about changing) and “sustain talk” (language about not changing/maintaining status quo) will be presented and discussed. Open Questions, Affirmations, Reflections, and Summaries (OARS) will be presented as methods designed to increase individuals’ motivation for change and decrease or “dance with” relationship discord (formerly referred to as “rolling with resistance”). Attention will be given to when it is not appropriate to use MI.

Participants will be guided through exercises including live demonstration and practice. These exercises are designed to help participants have “a taste” of MI interventions in contrast to more confrontational helping styles.

*Dr. Bethea-Walsh will not directly measure participants’ adherence to MI Spirit and methods or competency using MI during the workshop. Participants will not be trained to proficiency or as “experts” in MI during this workshop. If you find this workshop to be helpful, you may be interested in taking Dr. Bethea-Walsh's more advanced training after taking this one: https://www.theknowledgetree.org/p/motivational-in....

Presented by: Angela Bethea-Walsh, Ph.D.

Angela R. Bethea-Walsh, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist in Georgia and a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). For over 10 years, she has been practicing Motivational Interviewing (MI) and training health care providers in MI practice. She has conducted MI training in a wide variety of settings, including primary care, emergency departments in trauma centers, inpatient and outpatient mental health/addictions, college counseling, corrections, integrated behavioral health, providers in mandated treatment for professional athletes, and school settings. She provides small group MI consultation to health care providers. She is also the Chief Behavioral Health Officer for Corporate Health Partners, where she provides MI coaching for health coaches, program directors and other administrators. Her trainings are fast-paced, highly informative and interactive. She is the owner of Bethea Consulting and Psychological Services, P.C., a private practice located in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information about Dr. Bethea-Walsh, her clinical work and workshop experience, go to: http://www.betheacps.com

What people are saying about this workshop:

  • "The presentation was professional and informative and provided helpful information and realistic steps and techniques that can be taken back and utilized in practice." - LT, APC
  • "Dr. Bethea-Walsh was great and kept it interesting. There were a lot of very helpful examples." - AH, LPC
  • "Dr. Angela Bethea-Walsh is very knowledgeable about Motivational Interviewing and does a great job fielding questions!" - CL, APC
  • "Excellent!! I learned how MI can be used with other modalities." - NJ, LCSW
  • "Very engaging. I learned a lot and it changed my view on ambivalence." - NT
  • "Enjoyed this very much- content is applicable to all of my clients!" - PS, APC
  • "Very knowledgeable and presented well" - VS, Psychologist
  • "I thought she was great - very personable and knowledgeable." - TPJ

5 Core CE Clock Hours:

  • Psychologists:
    • Georgia Psychologists: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. In Georgia, all CE hours earned through online webinars, both live "synchronous" and on-demand "asynchronous," will count the same as live in-person for 2021, both Core and Ethics. The Board states it will go back to the pre-COVID rules in 2022.
    • Licensed in another state as a Psychologist: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Therefore, all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your specific state rules.
  • Counselors: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7153. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Knowledge Tree is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This workshop is also approved for core CE hours through LPCA of GA, approval #2020-12-09-250LW.
    • Georgia Counselors: Per the Georgia Composite Board, Core CE hours are now permitted to be earned through on-demand "asynchronous" webinars, and will count the same as live in-person Core CE hours. Ten asynchronous hours are expressly permitted, and an additional five hours can be used as "independent study" hours.
    • Licensed in another state as a Counselor: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) #7153, so all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your state rules.
    • Licensed in Canada as a Counselor: We have applied for approval for this workshop with the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association.
  • Social Workers: This workshop is approved for 5 core CE hours through GSCSW, approval #120220. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • Georgia Social Workers: Per the Georgia Composite Board, Core CE hours are now permitted to be earned through on-demand "asynchronous" webinars, and will count the same as live in-person Core CE hours. Ten asynchronous hours are expressly permitted, and an additional five hours can be used as "independent study" hours.
    • Licensed in another state as a Social Worker: Please see the yellow highlighted section below.*
  • Marriage and Family Therapists: This workshop is approved for 5 core CE hours through GAMFT, approval #148-2020. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • Georgia Marriage & Family Therapists: Per the Georgia Composite Board, Core CE hours are now permitted to be earned through on-demand "asynchronous" webinars, and will count the same as live in-person Core CE hours. Ten asynchronous hours are expressly permitted, and an additional five hours can be used as "independent study" hours.
    • Licensed in another state as a Marriage & Family Therapist: Please see the yellow highlighted section just below.
  • *Licensed in another state as a Social Worker or Marriage & Family Therapist? Most states will accept CEs for Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists if that workshop has approved status from another state association which ours have been (see above). Additionally, we have national approval for all our courses through APA & NBCC. Many states will accept APA & NBCC approved continuing education hours, but please check your specific state rules & regulations. We strongly recommend saving the course description and educational objectives, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity, and please contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

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