ONLINE Motivational Interviewing: Understanding the Key Concepts 2021

Motivational Interviewing is a proven approach to help support patients who struggle with health behavior change. The purpose of this workshop is to teach the key concepts and principles to help guide participants into building a collaborative relationship with clients in order to explore the behavioral changes necessary to achieving their goals. Attendees will explore the key concepts of Motivational Interviewing and how to apply them. Additionally, discussion will focus on the Stages of Change model and how it affects a person’s ability to make positive changes while being empowered and given autonomy over their lives.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn and explore the key concepts of Motivational Interviewing
2. Discuss the strategies for building a collaborative relationship using Motivational Interviewing
3. Explore how to strengthen an individual’s motivation for behavioral changes
4. Learn and discuss the Stages of Change model
5. Increase understanding of ambivalence and build skills toward empathy

This course is intended for Masters and Doctoral level mental health professionals, as well as graduate students in a mental health profession.

About the Presenter:

Aisha T. McDonald, LMHC has worked in the social services arena for over 10 years. She has worked with marginalized populations within South Florida specifically those with severe and persistent mental illness, forensic population, individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, youth in the welfare system, and individuals who are involuntarily hospitalized. She is the Lead Trainer for the Mental Health First Aid program at United Way of Broward County and also facilitates community wide trainings on various topics as well as monthly workshops on mental health and substance use issues for the Crisis Intervention Team training for our local sheriff's department and municipal police agencies. She has focused on mental health awareness and education, victim advocacy, educating on toxic masculinity and its effects on violence, substance use and mental health issues with the forensic population as well as diversity and inclusion and social equity.

Friday, March 19 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Lecture, Lectures, colloquia, seminars, etc., Workshops/trainings


social work, psychology, Mental health, Addiction, Motivational Interviewing


$75; $65 Early Bird until March 6, 2021

College of Social Work and Criminal Justice


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