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Motivational Interviewing Training Levels

Types of Motivational Interviewing Training

Awareness building: The educational events
are typically brief (1 to 3 hours) introductions to
MI concepts. They provide some knowledge
about the approach but should not be considered
skill training.
Knowledge-focused training: Longer events
-10 hours) that provide a solid knowledge base
in MI and may in
clude some skill training, often
in the form of demonstrations and brief practice
or discussion activities.
Skills-based training: Training that spans two
days or more (often 14
-16 hours) and covers MI
principles, the style of MI, description and
demonstration of MI methods, and skill building
practice. This kind of program can be offered as a
multiple day workshop or as part of longer course
spread over a number of week
s or months, like a
college course or continuing-education series.
Abilities training: Training in the effective use
of MI is best done in an ongoing fashion
. This
could mean using MI in counseling with the
assistance of a clinical supervisor
/mentor, and/or
taping sessions and receiving feedback and
coaching from an MI trainer. A third option Is to
have access to technical assistance from one or
several consultants with advanced MI skills.

The most effective training and supervisory methods
will include lecture presentations, group discussion,
video demonstrations, modeling of specific skills
practice exercises, role playing, review of MI manuals,
reading references and homework assignments

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