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Motivational Interviewing Training: Essential Guidelines and Strategies

Presented by Paul Burke, M.A., RSW, CACII

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – Wednesday, June 12, 2019  |  Saskatoon, sk

!  Important Notice:

Online registration for spring 2019 events will open on Monday, December 10.

Workshop Description

This “Advanced Skills” MI workshop is designed to help you to sharpen your saw. It will help you move toward “cutting edge” capability with MI practices by enhancing your core skills so that they can be used to create improved efficiency in getting to the change planning process within MI conversations. Participants will find this workshop of considerable value in moving from “basic” MI skills to more strategic, purposeful, and time-efficient practices that yield better outcomes where motivational enhancement is the goal.

This workshop is a follow-up to introductory-level MI training (a minimum of 2 days of introductory-level MI training is a pre-requisite for participation). In these two days, a brief review of core concepts and core M.I. skills will provide a platform from which participants will advance their practice of MI skills in a variety of small and large group interactive exercises. Focusing on more complex client scenarios related to substance abuse and concurrent disorders, participants will be immersed in theory and practice that will bring greater depth to their skills and knowledge of Motivational Interviewing. This workshop serves to sharpen MI skills surrounding four essential competencies:

  1. Strategic Reflecting Skills – for the purpose of efficient and effective facilitation of the engaging, focusing and evoking processes in M.I. work
  2. Recognition, evocation of and helpful responses to “Change Talk”

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  1. Form a variety of useful and strategic reflections to facilitate the engaging, focusing and evoking processes central to an MI conversation
  2. Identify client use of “change talk” and/or “sustain talk” in real-time
  3. Design strategic questions that will evoke desire, ability, reason, or need language related to the targeted change
  4. Differentiate between client language that leads to intention for change or to intention to maintain status-quo (no change)
  5. Respond effectively to client use of “change talk” prior to moving toward goal setting

Continuing Education Credits

Your Presenter(s)

Paul Burke, M.A., RSW, CACII

Paul is a registered social worker with extensive clinical and training experience in the application of M.I. to addictions and mental health counselling, concurrent disorders, social work practice, psychological disorders, health-care and to a large variety of mandated and “resistant” populations. Paul is a certified trainer with the international “MINT” organization (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers). He is also a member of a special interest working group within MINT devoted to furthering the use of Motivational Interviewing with survivors of intimate partner violence. For the past sixteen years Paul has specialized exclusively in the delivery of M.I. training for a wide variety of helping professionals across Canada. To date, he has facilitated high-caliber training for more than 8,000 learners of the MI approach, including for psychologists, physicians, mental health and addictions counsellors, nurses, rehab practitioners, and others who specialize in direct-client care. Literally, Paul has trained “coast-to-coast-to coast” in Canada and is highly regarded for his excellent skills and entertaining approach to adult education. Paul has been selected three times by the international MINT organization to act as a trainer for their international training-for-trainers program in Canada, England and in the United States.

In the 22 years preceding his move to full-time MI instruction, Paul had a 22 year career in the field of mental health and addictions. In that capacity, he provided treatment and program design services for a variety of clients experiencing addictions and concurrent disorders. He was clinical supervisor in a long-term in-patient adolescent treatment program in Alberta and was counselling supervisor in a major adult in-patient rehabilitation program for several years. Paul was also a trainer and training coordinator in the addictions field prior to before leaving government in 2002 to form his own private training and consulting practice.

Paul well known for his passion for MI and for teaching. His creative and entertaining approaches to teaching have earned him an excellent reputation as an “outside-the-box thinker” when it comes to finding ways to help people adopt the helping paradigm that drives the MI approach to activating or enhancing motivation.


Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Hilton Garden Inn Saskatoon Downtown

90 22 St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3X6

phone:  (306) 244-2311

website:  hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/saskatchewan/hilton-garden-inn-saskatoon-downtown-YXESDGI/index.html

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Our rates:

* Please check back at a later time as this information will be updated when corporate/group rates are secured.

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $449 $469
Group 3-7 $429 $449
Group 8-14 $409 $429
Group 15+ $389 $409
Full-Time Student $389 $409

All fees are in Canadian Dollars ($CAD)

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: May 27, 2019
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Monday, May 27, 2019.

Please review our Registration Terms and Conditions for information on our cancellation policy, payment policies, rebates, and more. You must agree to our Terms and Conditions to register for a workshop or conference.

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Exhibitors are welcome at this event. We are pleased to offer sponsorship opportunities to businesses and organizations that provide services related to nursing, psychotherapy, addictions treatment, counselling, marriage & family therapy, psychology and other related fields.
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