This course focuses on motivational interviewing (MI) skills. Students consider the theory, research base and practice of MI. Building on this knowledge, students are guided through practice exercises and skill-building sessions. These include recording and coding of mock counseling sessions, which are designed to build student proficiency in utilization of this key component of alcohol and drug counseling.
- Understands the key foundational components of Motivational Interviewing (i.e. spirit, four processes, core counseling skills, change talk and addressing discord).
- Explore the scientific research with underpins the theory and practice of Motivational Interviewing, as an evidence-based practice.
- Demonstrate a collaborative, person-centered, goal-oriented counseling style of communication to address a person's ambivalence about change by attending to their language of change and strengthening their own motivation and commitment to change.
- Demonstrate continued counseling skills development by critically analyzing personal counseling style according to the MITI and applying culturally appropriate applications, professional ethics, anti-oppressive practices, and individualization to specific client characteristics.