BCCDA Workshop Days

Motivational Interviewing – Strategies for Supporting Change


BCCDA mandate is to provide relevant professional development opportunities to its members. This workshop is brought to you in collaboration with CTRI. This training will be conducted by Danielle Forth, MSc, RPsych.

When: Nov 23, 2021 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PST)

Where: Online on Zoom

Member Price: $210.00 CAD (*early rate) $225.00 CAD (regular rate) + tax

Non-Member Price: $225.00 CAD (*early rate) $240.00 CAD (regular rate) + tax

*early bird valid until October 31, 2021

Motivational Interviewing

It is common for people to struggle and experience ambivalence when considering making a change or when others may be expecting them to make one. When those working in helping roles encounter this ambivalence in their clients, it is often interpreted as resistance and they may feel unable to respond in an effective way. By exploring the framework and strategies of Motivational Interviewing, this workshop will provide new ways to facilitate the change process in the people they work with. Motivational Interviewing is a method for helping people find their internal motivation for finding solutions to their problems. Participants will learn strategies that start from a place of empathy and draw on the client’s personal motivation to create their own goals for change.

Topics Covered :-

  • Motivational Interviewing Principles

  • Understanding your Client’s Motivation

  • Listening to your Client

  • Foundational Skills: OARS (Open Questions, Affirming, Reflecting, Summarizing)

  • Recognizing and Supporting Change Talk

  • Four Processes of MI (Engaging, Focusing, Evoking, and Planning)

  • Common Traps to Avoid

  • Reflective Listening

  • Roadblocks to Listening

  • Approaching Ambivalence and Resistance

  • When to use Motivational Interviewing

  • Readiness to Change

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, experiential practice, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the principles of Motivational Interviewing

  • Recognize ambivalence and resistance

  • Identify change talk in clients

  • Identify strategies that support a client’s own motivation

About the Trainer

Danielle Forth, MSc, RPsych

Danielle has over 15 years of clinical experience working in front line mental health, consulting and teaching roles. She is a Registered Psychologist and holds a Master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy. In addition to training with CTRI, she has a private clinical practice working with individuals, couples and families on a variety of mental health issues. As a therapist, Danielle brings a strong desire to facilitate excellent and enjoyable learning experiences to her workshops that reflect her compassion, warmth and humor.