Onsite Training

Motivation and Human Behavior Change: Increasing the Readiness to Change
Presenter: Michael D. Clark

How one understands motivation with offenders will directly effect what one does (or doesn’t do) to increase it. Join this workshop for an in-depth look at the questions, “Why do people change?” “How do people change?” What is motivation and how can corrections staff raise motivation with offenders? This two-day institute is a skill-based training that focuses on skill-building (“how to’s”) for probation/parole staff working with mandated offenders. Seven (7) modules will be presented over the two days, utilizing multimedia presentations, interactive lecture and facilitated small and large group exercises. A mixture of small group discussions, actual videos of probation report in’s, case scenarios and full room exercises keep the training pace lively and engaging. Stop the arguing—learn how to bypass resistance to start probationers moving toward healthy outcomes. Learn how to use this approach in “micro-bursts”—motivating offenders in 15 minute “report In’s”.

Module highlights include:

  1. The Science of Human Behavior Change: Why do people change? How do people change?
  2. The Foundation to Motivational Interviewing (The “Spirit” of MI)
  3. Resistance Examined: What Increases Resistance And How It Can Be Reduced
  4. Client-Centered Interviewing Skills: “You’ve Got To Get the Offender Talking”
  5. The “Zip Code” of Behavior Change: Recognizing, Responding and Reinforcing Change Talk
  6. What To Do If You Don’t Hear Any: Strategies for Eliciting Change Talk
  7. The Final Destination: Eliciting and Strengthening Commitment Talk

Upon completion, participants attending this training will be able to:

  • Define the concepts of client ambivalence and client discrepancy and explain why these conditions influence positive behavior change.
  • Review four principles of motivational interviewing increase client-staff rapport and increase the client’s readiness to change.
  • Be able to explain why direct confrontation impedes behavior change.
  • Be able to demonstrate, in direct practice, three resistant-lowering techniques that will improve the engagement of reluctant clients.
  • Be able to identify two activities that will continue the skills development of MI until the next training session is convened.
About the Presenter
Michael D. Clark, MSW, LMSW, is a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), specializing in direct practice work with court-mandated client populations. He is one of the few MINT trainers nationally who has served child abuse/neglect populations as well as addictions and mental health clients. Michael is a contractual trainer for the US Department of Justice, National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). He has presented throughout the United States, as well as Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and Micronesia/Pacific. Mr. Clark is author to over 30 book chapters, articles and monographs for motivational issues within the fields of mental health, addictions and child welfare programs. Mr. Clark is the author to a two-part series article on Motivational Interviewing for probation and parole staff.

( 2 day training limited to 30 participants )

To request site-specific training, email Diane Kincaid or call APPA at (859)244-8196.

This Onsite Training falls under the following category:
Motivational Interviewing