Motivational Interviewing Certificate Program

Instructors

Melissa Babiarz, LMHC, CASAC.

Melissa Babiarz, LMHC, CASAC

Melanie Sage, PhD, MSW, LICSW.

Melanie Sage, PhD, MSW, LICSW

Todd Sage, PhD, LMSW, CASAC 2, MINT.

Todd Sage, PhD, LMSW, MAC, CASAC II, MINT 

Program Overview

Motivational Interviewing (MI), an evidence-based approach applicable to many client needs, creates a collaborative way of working with clients, honoring their autonomy as they explore their ambivalence. Our June and July 2019 program is highly experiential and interactive and will advance your motivational interviewing knowledge and skills.

Eligibility

Eligibility: This program is open to graduate students or community professionals who want to gain skills and knowledge in using Motivational Interviewing with clients.

Formats: The two courses forming this certificate program are open in two different formats:

1. UB graduate social work credit course: They may be taken by current students, or by nondegree students and community professionals at the current UB tuition rate. Course work is required for a grade. The syllabus will be provided prior to the start of the program and all readings should be done before the first day of each course. Information on applying to take the page as a nondegree student.

2. Workshops: Both courses may be taken at a reduced cost as continuing education workshops. The early bird discount rate for each workshop is $235 ($470 total for both) and $255 regular price ($510 total for both). 

Dates and Location

Dates  and times are:

  • Full attendance is required.
  • Times for all days are 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
  • June 11, 2019 (course closed)
  • June 12, 2019 (course closed)
  • July 23, 2019
  • July 24, 2019

Both courses will be held at:

UB South Campus, Room 214 Parker Hall, 3435 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14214-8004

Google Map Driving Directions

UB South Campus Map (pdf) - Parker Hall is Building 11

Description and Learning Objectives

Course Descriptions: 

CLOSED: June 11 & 12, 2019: A Motivational Interviewing Approach to Client Behavior Change

  • If taking this as an MSW elective 1-credit course, the course number is SW702XCWE and the registration number is 11972
  • Instructor: Melissa Babiarz, LMHC, CASAC. Her bio is at the bottom of this page.
  • Time: 8:45 am - 4:30 pm each day; full attendance is required.        
  • Description: This course is an introduction to the principles, strategies, and the spirit of the Motivational Interviewing (MI) approach to help clients build commitment and reach a decision to change problematic behaviors. The theoretical basis of MI lies in the construct of “ambivalence” and the conflict between indulgence and restraint that is so prevalent when clients consider behavior change. The difficulty in changing problematic behaviors is an occurrence that extends well beyond “addictive behaviors.” The immobilizing effects of ambivalence can be seen in many practice spheres. In addition, the course will discuss MI’s application to practice with “mandated” and “resistant” clients. This course will consist of critical discussion and practical application of the material. 
  • Learning Objectives: Apply the principles and key strategies of Motivational Interviewing including: identifying the client’s stage of readiness for change and useful therapist tasks at those stages; enhancing client’s intrinsic desire for change; recognize the impact of therapist interactional style on the treatment process; identify the critical components of client motivation including recognizing and influencing the state of ambivalence in the change process; modify practice skills to reduce client resistance to change and understand conditions that impact client motivation including recognizing and avoiding counseling traps.

July 23 & 24, 2019: Beyond the Basics: Motivational Interviewing Intermediate Level

  • If taking this as an MSW elective 1-credit course, the course number is SW976XCWE and the registration number is 12724
  • Instructors: Melanie Sage, PhD, MSW, LICSW and Todd Sage, LMSW, MAC, CASAC II, MINT. Their bios are at the bottom of this page.
  • Time: 8:45 am - 4:30 pm each day; full attendance is required.     
  • Prerequisite: This is an intermediate level course. Previous coursework or continuing education in Motivational Interviewing that prepared the learner with the foundational theories in the Spirit of MI, Stages of Change, and an introduction to the OARS, and either client or peer practice with the techniques, is required.
  • Description: This intermediate level course is designed for students and practitioners who have some training in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and have applied basic skills with a client population.  Building upon the Spirit of MI and understanding of ambivalence and stages of change, the course will explore ways of responding to challenging conversations and focusing conversations through agenda mapping. Using advanced moves with the basic strategies of Open Questions, Affirmations, Reflections, and Summaries, we will practice tipping the scales of sustain talk to the direction of change talk. Training activities will focus on the planning phase, giving advice in an MI-adherent style, and supporting clients for action steps toward their goals. Participants will also learn how to manage conflict and respond to upset and angry clients.
  • Learning Objectives:  Apply the OARS skills in a way that reduces client sustain talk and increases change talk; demonstrate skills for focusing a conversation about change and prioritizing among competing topics; give advice in an MI-consistent style; and respond to relational discord and upset clients.

Completion Requirements

Completion Requirements: Whether you are taking the two courses in this program as MSW credit courses or as continuing education workshops, you must:

  • Attend all four days
  • Participate and compete any required readings and assignments

At the end of each two-day course, CEU certificates will be issued. At the end of the full program, frameable certificates of completion of the Motivational Interviewing Certificate Program will be mailed out. Please allow 2-3 weeks for these to be mailed.

 

Costs and Registration

Please register early as each course has limited openings.

Costs and Format:

1. Registration as UB graduate social work credit courses:

2.  Registration at the workshop rate:

  • Both courses may be taken at a reduced cost as continuing education workshops. 
  • The deadline for the early bird discount is May 15th. The early bird discount rate for each workshop is $235 ($470 total for both) and $255 regular price ($510 total for both). 
  • Register on the Trainings Held in Buffalo and choose both of the MI courses to be included in the certificate program

CEUs/Contact Hours

The June course will provide 12.5 CEUs/Contact Hours. The July course will provide 12.5 CEUs/Contact Hours. Separate CEU certificates will be issued for each course.

NY Social Workers: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education 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 #SW-0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

NY Mental Health Counselors: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0008. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 

NY Creative Arts Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0003. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 

NY Marriage and Family Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0007. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 24 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NYS OASAS provider #0045 (addictions professionals): The June course is approved for renewal hours. The July course is pending approval decision.

Customer Service Contact Information

ADA Accommodations: If you require any support for your ADA needs, please contact us by email at least 3 weeks prior to the event by email or by phone at 716-829-5841.

Customer Service: We are happy to respond to any concerns or questions you may have. Please contact us at by email or by phone at 716-829-5841.

Instructor Bios

Melissa Babiarz, LMHC, CASAC:  Melissa has experience in addictions and mental health services including serving as the Director of Substance Abuse at Brylin Hospital, Director of the Chemical Dependency Division at Sheehan Health Network, and Supervising Counselor at Mid-Erie Counseling and Treatment Services (now called Endeavor Health Services), Buffalo, New York. Currently, she works part-time in private practice. Melissa is a NYS OASAS approved trainer in Motivational Interviewing, and provides training on MI for various community agencies as well as for the School's continuing education program.

Melanie Sage, PhD, MSW, LICSW:  Melanie is an Assistant Professor at the UB School of Social Work.  Her research and scholarship areas include the use of technology in social work education and practice and the intersections of technology use and child welfare practice. Melanie taught Motivational Interviewing to Social Work students for six years, and built Motivational Interviewing into the foundational social work curriculum at her last appointment as BSW program director at University of North Dakota. She co-trains with Todd on Motivational Interviewing for various community agencies and education programs in the region.

Todd Sage, PhD, LMSW, MAC, CASAC II, MINT: Todd is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UB School of Social Work. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and is collecting dissertation data on the effective training of Motivational Interviewing for Child Welfare settings. He currently teaches the three-credit Motivational Interviewing course in our MSW program and  also serves as a trainer in the region. Todd encourages the use of Motivational Interviewing at the Lighthouse Free Clinic where he serves as a proctor for MSW students who are gaining practice experience.