September 21-22, 2023
What is Motivational Interviewing?
MI is a collaborative and empowering approach to support clients in behavior change. The goal of MI is to resolve ambivalence and it’s been proven more effective than traditional advice-giving! MI implements client-centered communication skills and directive strategies to work collaboratively with clients on progress toward goals.
MI is an essential tool of strategic and effective communication for helping professionals from multiple industries. MI includes specific methods of engaging effectively with clients or staff at multiple levels to connect clients with their intrinsic motivation to make positive changes. Using MI will increase engagement and enhance collaboration with clients and staff, evoke intrinsic motivation to change, and positively impact client retention, progress & treatment outcomes.
MI is an evidenced based treatment with nearly 2,000 clinical trials that support its efficacy. MI can be used to support clients in working toward behavior change, engagement in services, “rolling with resistance,” crisis intervention, and in brief encounters.
Facilitated by Chris Miles, MSW, LCSW
Chris Miles received her master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Mental Health Therapist specializing in behavior change and Lifestyle Medicine. In 2014, she became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and is currently the lead MI trainer for MI Center for Change, LLC. Chris is a member of the Brief Action Planning Professional Network and is certified in Brief Action Planning (BAP) core competencies. Additionally, she works in the field of Lifestyle Medicine for HCA Mission Healthcare System in Asheville, N.C., where she provides education, counseling support, and health coaching to patients in outpatient pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation programs. She has years of experience as a facilitator for the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease as well as the Pritikin ICR program and is a seasoned public speaker.