Human Services Network of Colorado

Motivational Interviewing Booster Series (3 interactive webinars)

  • 07/02/2020
  • 07/23/2020
  • 3 sessions
  • 07/02/2020, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (MDT)
  • 07/09/2020, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (MDT)
  • 07/23/2020, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (MDT)
  • Zoom Webinar


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All sessions run from 9am to 12pm with a brief break at 1030. Each session is eligible for 3 CEUs.

Session 1. Advanced MI Training focusing on MI Strategy
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A lot of practitioners are familiar with the basic MI Skills and comfortable with using the OARS Skills. Are you interested in going to the next level with your MI Practice and gaining more confidence around the strategic use of MI?

Motivational Interviewing can achieve powerful results in a very short amount of time when a practitioner knows the MAP of CHANGE and understands how to use MI skills strategically, so when to use which skill set for maximizing the client’s momentum towards positive change.

During this training you will:

    • Understand and be able to utilize the Map of Change
    • Review the different Skill Sets in MI and their STRATEGIC use
    • Practice MI Strategy with client examples
    • Learn how to assess for success in your MI practice

Session Two: Advanced MI Training focusing on Engaging TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS
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Motivational Interviewing is a powerful tool in working with Teens & Young Adults. Unfairly, adolescents have often been stereotyped as being difficult to engage or as “resistant”. It is often the approach that results in defensiveness and resistance. Young people love approaches that emphasize autonomy and equality, and MI is one approach that is very successful in engaging young people. In this training you will learn how practitioners are using MI in the work with teens & young adults in the “Natural Highs – Healthy Alternatives to Drugs & Alcohol” Nonprofit Program specifically with substance abuse and mental health and what elements of MI are particularly helpful in motivating and engaging young people.

In this training you will:

    • Learn to apply MI using the “Natural Highs- Healthy Alternatives to Drugs & Alcohol” Program
    • Understand what was learned from engaging young people in this program
    • Learn to utilize specific Elements of MI that help engage young people
    • Explore how to motivate young people as leaders

Session Three: Advanced MI Training to address trauma in clients and to prevent vicarious trauma in professionals (if you took our recent “Turning Anxiety into your new Superpower” training, please know that this is essentially the same webinar)
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Trauma is becoming more and more recognized as a driving factor for causing major mental health and addiction symptoms and can create challenges and obstacles in our work with clients. There is also a growing awareness that professionals get impacted with secondary trauma which can lead to serious symptoms and burnout. A lot of agencies are struggling to help their staff in dealing with trauma in their clients and to help their staff in preventing burnout.

Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based practice that is proven to support positive change for clients, but it is also an excellent skillset to prevent secondary trauma and burnout for the practitioner by changing the dynamics of not taking on the tension from our work.

After this training you will:

    • Be able to understand and identify secondary trauma symptoms
    • Understand the neuroscience of trauma & PTSD
    • Learn how to turn trauma into resilience
    • Gain confidence in working with clients experiencing trauma

Presenter: Avani G. Dilger, MEd, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, CAC III, ADS

Avani is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Addiction Counselor, a Somatic Psychotherapist, an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, and a Motivational Interviewing Trainer (MINT), who specializes in substance abuse prevention and treatment with adults, teens and their families. She is the founder and director of the “Natural Highs – Healthy Alternatives to Drugs & Alcohol” nonprofit program, an innovative, grassroots substance abuse prevention and intervention program that teaches teens to become leaders around healthier lifestyles and positive peer culture. In addition to teaching the Natural Highs program at several high schools in Boulder and at Naropa University, Avani works as a psychotherapist with teens, families and adults with issues around substance abuse, addiction and trauma using approaches such as Somatic Psychotherapy, Brainspotting and Systemic Constellationwork. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and trains Motivational Interviewing for criminal justice, mental health, health care, and substance abuse professionals.

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