Upcoming Events

Motivational Interviewing: Beyond the Basics (3 CEUs)

Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

120 Clemens Hall, North Campus

$20 UBSSW alumni, $25 all other

UB School of Social Work

Todd Sage and Melanie Sage

Sarah Watson, (716) 645-1259 (sjwatson@buffalo.edu)

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Motivational Interviewing is a way of having a conversation about change. It is an evidence-based practice and way of working through ambivalence with clients. It has been tested across cultures and populations and problem experiences, and can be used as a stand-alone therapeutic technique or in conjunction with other evidence-based practices.

This workshop is designed for those who are already well-practiced in using the Motivational Interviewing basics of OARS and would like training and practice in the Motivational Interviewing next steps, including eliciting change talk, managing client discord, effective focusing and agenda setting with clients, and giving advice in a MI-adherent style.


-Understand the links between reactance theory and motivational interviewing.
-Practice managing discord and responding to client anger using MI-congruent techniques.
-Deepen clinical skills with the use of complex reflections to get to the heart of problems.
-Identify strategies to make opportunities for finding focus and prioritizing during client conversations.
-Practice giving advice in a way that fits with the theory of motivational interviewing.

NY LMSW & LCSW contact hours are being provided through the University at Buffalo School of Social Work's Office of Continuing Education. This Office is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 3 live contact hours have been approved.