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Motivational Interviewing in Groups ~ Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the Northwest
PeaceHealth Southwest Mill Plain Campus Health Education Center
Vancouver, WA
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Goal of Training
This training begins with philosophical conversation about blending Motivational Interviewing and group practice, as suggested by Wagner and Ingersoll in the text Motivational Interviewing in Groups.  We will discuss shaping group conversations in ways that meet the goals of 1) engaging the group, 2) exploring perspectives, 3) broadening perspectives, and 4) moving into action as well as how to gauge timing and movement through these four phases. Finally, the participants will be offered an opportunity to discuss what it might be like to design a motivational interviewing group based on the environments in which they work.

This training is considered a Core Training as it provides a thorough, but introductory presentation of the topic.

Behavioral Objectives
Participants of this training will
- learn the definition of motivational interviewing,
- understand characteristics and purpose of motivational interviewing groups,
- be able to identify the four phases of MI groups that correspond to the four phases of motivational interviewing, and
- develop ideas how motivational interviewing groups might be employed in their own environments.

9:00 - 9:10CDTC Staff Announcements & Introductions
9:10 - 9:45What is Motivational Interviewing ~ Skills and Spirit
9:45 - 10:45What is a Motivational Interviewing Group ~ Characteristics, Purpose, and Suggested designs
10:45 - 11:00Break
11:00 - 12:00Phases of Motivational Interviewing ~ Engaging, Focusing, Evoking and Planning
12:00 - 1:00Lunch ***On Your Own***
1:00 - 2:15Moving through the Phases in Group ~ Engaging the group, Exploring perspectives, Broadening perspectives, Moving into action
2:15 -2:30Break
2:30 - 4:15Motivational Interviewing Groups in Practice ~ Examples, Participant's environments break out groups, and Summaries
4:15 - 4:30CDTC Staff Wrap Up and Closing

Janis Crawford, MA, LPC, ACS, is a master's level licensed professional counselor and approved clinical supervisor who is currently writing her dissertation on motivational interviewing. Since 1998 she has worked in the field of addictions as a treatment provider, clinical and administrative supervisor, and program director. She became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 2007. She has since integrated motivational interviewing method and practice with correctional treatment for addiction and criminal thinking in the Wyoming Department of Corrections, and the detoxification and stabilization program at Providence Medical Center.

Pre-registration and payment in advance is required.

You may register at if you would like to pay by check or money order. Payment must be received prior to training date. To ensure this, please mail your payment at least 7 days prior to training. Mail payment to CDTC, P.O. Box 847, Vancouver, WA 98666.

6-15S Student $20.00 **Proof of Enrollment required.
6-15M Member $50.00 **See the Our Members page**
6-15N Non-Member $75.00

Please notify CDTC if you are unable to attend training.

Lunch: There is a one hour lunch break on your own. There is a large cafeteria at the hospital in addition to a smaller cafe and coffee shop with pre-made meals available. Several lunch options are available to the East, past I-205. It is recommended that you check google maps to check for lunch options including Sweet Tomatoes, Chuck's Produce, or fast food restaurants such as Arby's, Taco Bell or Burgerville.

Date: June 12th, 2015 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place:PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
Mill Plain Campus
Health Education Center
600 N.E. 92nd Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98664
Registration Options
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At this time there are no more seats available for attendees, please contact the CDTC at 503-805-0989 to be placed on this training wait list. This training event has ended. Please see our website for additional training opportunities.


PeaceHealth Southwest Mill Plain Campus Health Education Center (View)
600 N.E. 92nd Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98664
United States


Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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