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Prerequisite: This course is a four hour Motivational Interviewing (MI) update. MI is an effective, evidence-based approach that teaches probation staff how to optimize rehabilitative outcomes and how to overcome the oft-experienced ambivalence of probationers when tasked by the court to change their lives.
At the end of the course, the participant will be able to:
a) List and demonstrate the four general principles of MI
b) List and demonstrate the four general principles of MI
c) List the four elements of client resistant behavior
d) List the techniques for building motivation for change (Phases I and II)
e) List and demonstrate the components of the OARS communication model
“Ms. McDermott has been the best instructor in the area of communication and interviewing I have ever had in my 23 years! I learned to apply the OARS [model of communication] and learned to redirect during interviews.”
-Supervising Deputy Probation Officer