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Advanced Motivational Interviewing: Using Deliberate Practice To Develop Skills in M.I. (Part 1 of 2)

Day Two: The Canadian Mental Health Summit

Presented by Henny Westra, Ph.D.

Thursday, November 21, 2019  |  Calgary, ab

!  Important Notice:

The Earlybird Deadline has now been extended to 17/11/2019.

Date & Location

Thursday, November 21, 2019 – Thursday, November 21, 2019

9:00am – 4:00pm

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an empirically supported treatment that has been shown to enhance engagement and outcomes (especially long-term outcomes) for numerous clinical problems. It is a brief, client-centered therapy aimed at understanding and resolving ambivalence to change. MI has been shown to be effective in the treatment of addictions and numerous other health and mental health problems. This workshop will show you how to integrate MI techniques into your practice so you can help clients/patients identify the road-blocks that keep them stuck and enhance their motivation for change.

Prepare to roll up your sleeves and work as this workshop is highly interactive. This novel program has recently been reconstructed to be consistent with the latest training innovation in our field, namely the concept of “Deliberate Practice”. Deliberate Practice is the method used to train everyone from musicians, to athletes, to surgeons and it is now being applied to psychotherapy training. It involves the use of repeated feedback to actual specific scenarios and simulations in order shape and improve trainee responding. You will learn through involvement in a variety of engaging exercises & will grow in your skills as you get feedback about how to respond to those often complex and difficult scenarios. Scenarios include ambivalence, resistance, and even client hostility/anger across a wide variety of clinical domains (anxiety, eating disorder, addictions, health behaviours, etc.). Emphasis is placed on using videotape and other exercises to slow down and break down the complex process between client and therapist to help you identify moment-to-moment markers of ambivalence and resistance and then brainstorm effective responses to enhance client engagement. Emphasis is also placed on managing your own emotional reactions in these challenging encounters. You will also have the chance to apply and extend your learning to manage specific scenarios and client resistance statements you have encountered in your own clinical work and unique context.

We have even subjected this newly constructed workshop using deliberate practice methods to scientific scrutiny in order to assess (rather than assume) its actual training value. In a recent study, participants showed large increases in empathy and in MI-consistent responding to video vignettes of ambivalent, resistant, and critical clients from pre to post-workshop. They also showed improvements in their emotional reactions to difficult clients, including feeling more positive, less afraid, and less uncertain about how to respond to challenging resistant clients. Their overall satisfaction with the workshop was extremely high.

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Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives


  • Opening Exercises
  • Brief Didactic: What is MI, The Importance of Ambivalence & Resistance, This Stuff Works
  • Getting a Feel for MI Spirit – Identifying Good & Poor Illustrations of MI


  • Identifying Ambivalence & Resistance
  • Right or Wrong? Analyzing video to identify more and less effective responses
  • Responding to motivational process markers (One Timers & Evolving Conversations)

Learning Objectives

  • To train your ears to identify key motivational markers in the process of therapy (ambivalence, change talk, resistance, hostility);
  • To learn key skills in responding to motivational markers in order to move productively to resolving ambivalence and enhancing commitment to change;
  • To cultivate empathic understanding and use it to enhance intrinsic motivation;
  • To develop the key attitude (“MI Spirit”) necessary to ‘roll with resistance’;
  • To learn to move flexibly with clients to blend more supportive and more directive clinical styles

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

This workshop may be may be eligible for CEUs from the following associations:  Show more
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)
  • Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellor & Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT)
  • Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
  • Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (OSP)

* Please contact your accrediting body for more information on individual association requirements.

Your Presenter(s)

Henny Westra, Ph.D.

Henny Westra, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University in Toronto. Prior to this she was the Clinical Director of the Anxiety and Affective Disorders Service at the London Health Sciences Centre. She has published over 80 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, and given hundreds of presentations and workshops on MI. She is author of the book “Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Anxiety” and was also co-editor with Arkowitz, Miller and Rollnick on the book “Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Psychological Problems” which has been translated into eight languages. She has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Canadian Institute of Health Research for her research on Motivational Interviewing, resistance and interpersonal process in CBT. She is also a founding member of the Alliance for Process-Informed Psychotherapy which seeks to train a new generation of expert therapists through enhancing relational and process skills.

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, School Counsellors, Behaviour Specialists, Rehabilitation Consultants, Geriatric Specialists, and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

Please contact the hotel directly for current group rates, when booking please reference “Jack Hirose & Associates” or block Id “10575”. To make a reservation over the phone, please call 403.248.8888

To book online please visit https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.61102.html?groupId=P80KB1C1


Single $135.00 | Double $135.00 | Triple $150.00 | Quadruple $165.00


Single $1160.00 | Double $160.00 | Triple $175.00 | Quadruple $190.00


Single $210.00 | Double $210.00 | Triple $225.00 | Quadruple $240.00


Single $230.00 | Double $230.00 | Triple $245.00 | Quadruple $260.00

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

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 1 Day Enrollment $249 $269
Individual 2 Day Enrollment $449 $469
Individual 3 Day Enrollment $639 $659
Group 3-7 $619 $639
Group 8-14 $599 $619
Group 15+ $579 $599
Full-Time Student $579 $599

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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

Early bird cutoff date: November 17, 2019
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Sunday, November 17, 2019.

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