Motivational Interviewing


Motivational Interviewing: Preparing Clients for Change

This Training will earn 5.5 Continuing Ed Hours


About the Presenter:

Brian D. Lowery, MPA, LSW,CDCA is the Educational Coordinator of Lowery Training Associates. . He has been a child welfare trainer for the past 30 years and is the recipient of the prestigious “Rising Star Award” for 2008 from OCWTP and the "Trainer of the Year Award" for 2009 from the Northeast Region of the OCWTP.  Brian has served as the Director of In-Service Training for the largest private child caring agency in Ohio and the Director of Child Care at a Northeast Ohio residential treatment center. He is a Qualified Professional Administrator with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and a State Licensed Social Worker. Brian currently serves as a consultant with contract agencies of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board  and the  Developmental Disabilities Board of Cuyahoga County.  He is a sought after consultant and trainer with child welfare organizations throughout the Midwest.

About the Workshop:

Counselors and social workers are frequently challenged by parents’ lack of motivation to change negative behaviors, which are causing distress in a client’s family. This is particularly true in the case of caregivers who are struggling with substance use disorders.  Motivational Interviewing is an evidence based counseling style which adopts a brief intervention format, using critical elements that serve as catalysts for motivation and change. MI addresses how to strengthen client intrinsic motivation to change and reduce ambivalence. This class serves as an introduction to MI and gives trainees the basic tools necessary to incorporate this intervention into their practice.


  • Upon completion of this workshop the learner will have
  • An understanding the fundamental spirit and approach of MI;
  • Gained experience, through demonstration and practice, in this evocative counseling style, and how it contrasts with less-helpful methods of overt persuasion;
  • Become familiar with research evidence on the efficacy of this method.


Program Outline:

Introduction and Welcome

Research basis for MI

Stages of Change

Clinical Considerations

Rationale & Basic Principles

Practical Strategies

Phases 1 & 2

The Structure of the MI Session

Final Considerations and Program Evaluation


Who Should Attend:

Youth Workers

Social Workers


Foster Parents

Team Leaders

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Event Properties

Event date: 03-27-2015 9:00 am
Event End Date: 03-27-2015 4:00 am
Capacity 55
Registered 0
Available place 55
Cut off date 03-25-2015
Individual Price $45.00
Location The Children's Home of Cincinnati
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