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CANCELLED! Effective Use of Motivational Interviewing to Engage and Help People Who Use Stimulants & Cannabis – A One-Day Workshop, Advancing Your Practice (Montpelier)

March 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thank you for your interest in the Effective Use of Motivational Interviewing to Engage and Help People Who Use Stimulants and Cannabis workshop that was to take place on March 19th in Rutland, VT and March 23rd in Montpelier, VT. Our top priority is the well-being of our presenters, partners, and event attendees. We have been closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19, and after much consideration, we have made the decision to cancel this conference with the intention of rescheduling for a future date.  


Please continue to follow COVID-19 guidance as emphasized by your local, state and national health care providers.

The March 23, 2020 training is a one day action packed workshop will provide a in-depth learning for an evidence-based clinical method of communication – Motivational Interviewing (MI). After a brief introduction to stimulants and cannabis (chemistry, physiology & prevalence rates) we will quickly shift gears to learning the underlying spirit, structure and skills of Motivational Interviewing.

Through a series of practical exercises this workshop will help participants strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit “change talk”, and roll with the discord/ resistance. Participants will experience the efficacy of Motivational Interviewing and the importance of it in working with clients engaged in substance use/ misuse with a focus on creating meaningful collaboration that leads toward change.

Motivational Interviewing is a person-centered; goal oriented method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. Motivational Interviewing has emerged as one of the most critical and effective intervention approaches when working with people to promote behavior change, and shown to be especially effective when paired with behavioral treatment for those who misuse/ abuse of substances.


Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

➢ Listen well and deeply

➢ Describe basic chemistry and physiology of stimulants and cannabis

➢ Describe four aspects of the spirit of motivational interviewing

➢  Explain the difference between motivational interviewing and person centered and other models of care

➢ Recognize the ability to respond to persons served with complex, empathic reflective statements using open questions to “move” the conversation.

➢  Identify “change talk” within a person’s speech

➢ Provide a crisp empathic summary statement collecting change talk with a closing inquiry/ open question


The face to face full day training has been approved for 5.5 hours through the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, Social Work, Mental Health Counselors, Certified Marriage and Family Therapists and Psychological Examiners.

Post-training (Optional) Motivational Interviewing Follow-up Coaching

Years of research demonstrates that while Motivational Interviewing training workshops help to expose clinicians to initial and advanced Motivational Interviewing skills,  the knowledge gets turned into proficiency through practice and receiving feedback.  This Motivational Interviewing training offers the unique opportunity of creating a leaning collaboration among your colleagues through a video chat follow-up session 3 weeks post training.

During the one hour video chat  workshop; we will work together to bring your Motivational skills alive by discussing the interactions you have had with clients and how you put the skills into action in the past few weeks.

Participants will benefit from hearing the use of the skills in client interactions and receive support as well as ideas for how to further their Motivational Interviewing proficiencies.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

   ➢ Reinforce Motivational Interviewing knowledge and skills learned in the face to face training.

   ➢ Become more competent in the use of Motivational essential skills to promote motivation and elicit change talk.

   ➢ Create a learning community to sustain Motivational Interviewing feedback and proficiencies.


2 additional CEUs for this practice feedback workshop are pending – one hour of time while you are practicing MI & one hour while we review, discuss and advance the use of your Motivational Interviewing skills.

Who Should Attend?

The workshop is intended for clinicians working in mental health and substance misuse intervention and treatment, primary healthcare and social services.

Work will be focused on developing discrepancy in both stimulant & marijuana users.

About The Trainer

Win Turner, PhD, LADC is a clinical psychologist, evaluator, and instructor in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Effective Interventions for Youth & Families and Healthcare Integration.  Currently, Dr. Turner’s primary work focus is helping communities increase the capacity to deliver effective comprehensive healthcare for substance use & co-occurring disorders through program development, evaluation and training. He is a clinical instructor and evaluator for Stony Brook University & a partner in the Center for Behavioral Health Integration (C4BHI) . C4BHI is a small collaborative of psychologists and social workers helping evaluate and train in the behavioral health sciences.

Recent publications include developing with three other authors the Brief Integrated Treatment Manual for SBIRT & a new Guideline for Risky Marijuana Use. In the past, Dr. Turner has participated on expert panels for Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the New York Times and Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ).


Coffee, Tea and Water will be provided at the face to face training.

Lunch is not included with the March 23rd training, you are welcome to bring from home or buy locally.

This training is provided through the Vermont Department of Health.


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