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(Virtual) June 22nd & 23rd - Practicing Motivational Interviewing: Helping People with Substance Use Disorders Make Healthy/Helpful Changes

Note: This training will be conducted in a virtual environment. In order to ensure fidelity to the training, all participants will need to attend via a video chat where their video and audio are on and working. 

In recognition of the virtual environment, we have split the one-day training into two half-days. Participants must be able to attend both days to receive CEH credit.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an Evidence Based Practice to assist folks who are ambivalent about change making healthy/helpful choices. MI has been recognized as a well-supported prevention intervention for keeping families where substance use disorder is an issue together.

In this interactive online experience, participants will learn: the indications for MI, the role of ambivalence as a barrier to change, how MI is particularly well suited when substance use is an issue, how MI helps with other valued healthy behaviors, how MI works to evoke Change Talk, the relational elements of the SPIRIT of MI, the 5 skills of MI, and additional conversations that evoke Change Talk. 

There will be initial exposure to the 4 Processes of conversations about change and the management of Discord. This workshop is designed to offer opportunities to both learn and practice MI conversations. It is a great introduction to the practice for people new to MI and a refresher for people who are currently using MI with clients or supervising staff who are using MI.

Approved for 7.0 Continuing Education Hours; Category 1 Continuing Education Provider- Indiana License- 98000956A  

Trainer: George Brenner M.S., LCSW, LMFT, LCAC

George has a Master Degree in Psychology from the University of Evansville and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Addictions Counselor in the State of Indiana. George has 46 years of clinical, supervisory and administrative experience in the areas of gambling disorders, substance use disorders, mental health, and integrated care for Co-Occurring Disorders. He is a trainer and consultant in these areas as well as facilitating the learning of Motivational Interviewing.

He is a co-owner of Continuing the Care which providers consultation, training, and Professional Recovery Monitoring Services. George also engages in a general private clinical practice at Family Counseling Associates. George was trained in Motivational Interviewing by faculty of the University of New Mexico. He received advanced training in the MINT-TNT, is a Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and serves on the Audit and Finance Committee. George serves on the Board of Mental Health America in Indiana. 



June 22nd and 23rd, 2021, 9:00 AM- 12:30 PM (ET) MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS


ONLINE: Details will be provided prior to the training event


Registration & Payment
Tuesday, June 15th 2021, at 4:00pm


Heather Adebayo


George Brenner M.S., LCSW, LMFT, LCAC


Members: $75
Non-Members: $125

Warning: This training seminar is sold out! Please e-mail hadebayo@iarca.org to sign up for the waitlist.