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April 4th & 5th: Foundations of Motivational Interviewing (Part I and II)



The Foundations of Motivational Interviewing workshop targets clinicians seeking an intermediate level of Motivational Interviewing training. The learner will consider MI’s application to a broad use of behavior changes ranging from health behaviors to substance use. The workshop is comprised of a largely didactic model. Learners will leave with an enhanced knowledge of tangible clinical interventions to be utilized with clients, targeting collaboratively identified problem behaviors.

Participants will learn how Motivational Interviewing’s emphasis on change talk makes it unique. Participants will learn tangible skills for eliciting change talk with their clients, helping them to gain and enhance motivation towards making meaningful behavioral changes.


About the Instructor:

Dr. Bernard Showers, DSW, LCSW, earned his MSW at Shippensburg University in 2010, where he is now an Adjunct Professor. Mr. Showers also works as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore, MD, and Simmons University School of Social Work in Boston, MA. In the fall of 2018, he was awarded the Dean’s Teaching Award at the University of Maryland due to instructional excellence.

In September 2016, he attended the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers Train-the-Trainer event and is now one of 1,500 MINT members worldwide. Mr. Showers has trained aspiring and active independent practitioners at many colleges, universities, governmental agencies, and companies around the United States. In addition to Motivational Interviewing, Mr. Showers has developed, presented, and published several continuing education workshops on family involvement in substance use treatment, ASAM criteria, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and group therapy.

Bernard earned his DSW as part of the inaugural class of The University of Kentucky’s Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) program. In July 2021, Bernard Showers was the lead author on the manuscript Medication for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural America: A Review of the Literature published in the APA’s Journal of Rural Mental Health.


Part I: April 4th

Participants will learn to:

  • identify Motivational Interviewing’s emphasis on change talk which makes it unique.
  • develop tangible skills for eliciting change talk with their clients., helping them to gain and enhance motivation towards making meaningful behavioral changes.
  • identify how the four processes of Motivational Interviewing, Engagement, Focusing, Evoking, and Planning, play a unique role in the overall process of the change-inspired conversation.

Part II: April 5th

Participants will learn to:

  • recognize change talk and effectively respond in a way that evokes additional change language.
  • develop skills and techniques meant to evoke change talk and soften sustain talk will be reviewed in great detail.
  • gain an understanding of the research that guides Motivational Interviewing’s increasing focus on recognizing, reinforcing, and evoking change language.

Course Outline

Agenda to follow

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