In-Person Workshops

Motivational Interviewing

April 16, 2024
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM MST )
$279.00 (regular rate)
$249.00 (*early rate)
*early rate expires 03/26/2024
Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)


Motivational Interviewing - Whitehorse - April 16, 2024; 9am-4pm Yukon Time

Early rate expires 03/26/2024

Quantity: 1 $ 249.00
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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.

In-person events follow local guidelines for gathering. This workshop will transition to a virtual event should COVID restrictions limit in-person gatherings. Please call CTRI before booking flight/hotel room.

This workshop is being run in partnership with the Northern Institute of Social Justice and Yukon University.
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Learning Objectives

Upon completion, 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

Method of Delivery

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

Some of the Topics Included

  • 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

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop for social service and health care professionals, social workers, school personnel, and anyone supporting people.

Terms & Conditions

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Trainer: Ofelia Tatu

MPsy, PhD

Ofelia Tatu is a doctor in psychology and a highly trained and experienced brainspotting therapist, educator, and holistic coach. She is certified in functional nutrition for mental health and integrative sports medicine, and works from a developmental/neuro-experiential model of healing and expansion, which allows permanent and positive change. In addition to training with CTRI, Ofelia works in a holistic private practice with children, adults, couples, and families. She specialises in helping clients with pain and autoimmune/chronic conditions, physical injuries and concussions, cross-cultural identity/intercultural and multicultural issues, parenting and inner child work, and performance enhancement. Ofelia has had excellent results with clients facing addictions, ADHD, OCD and autism, anxiety and depression, grief, trauma, sleep issues, chronic insomnia, shame, food related issues, self-esteem, as well as burnout and career or work-related issues. She uses a psychoneuroimmunology lens as she believes in a holistic and integrative approach to wellness and healing. Ofelia has a profound belief in the resiliency of the human spirit, particularly in conditions of relational and neurobiological attunement.

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