Learn to Motivate and Engage Mental Health Consumers

Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency will hold a pair of threeday training sessions in November and December for community service providers who want to learn the art of motivational interviewing.

Motivational interviewing is a counseling approach that helps counselors, mental health care providers and other professionals engage in productive conversations with people with mental health problems. The approach focuses on non-judgmental, non-confrontational and non-adversarial ways of connecting with people.

The trainings will be held at the Red Lion Inn, 1880 Hilltop Drive, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5 to Dec. 7. The training will be led by Dee-Dee Stout, (MA, Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor-II), who is an associate trainer and member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Lunch will not be provided.

Sessions will include the “Spirit of Motivational Interviewing,” “Open-Ended Questions, Affirm, Reflective Listening, Summarize – Four Strategies of Motivational Interviewing,” “Recognizing and Encouraging Change Talk” and “Reflections.”

The course meets qualifications for up to 18 hours of continuing education credits for Marriage and Family Therapists and/or Licensed Clinical Social Workers as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (DCE 4994).

Pre-registration is required. Please contact Cara Schuler at 225-5900 or cschuler@co.shasta.ca.us for your reservation.

For more information, contact Allison Scroggins, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Workforce and Education Training Program Coordinator, at 229-8061.

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