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EMDR Consulting- Motivational Interviewing (MI) Introductory Training Presented by Larisa Traga

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This 2-day intensive experiential workshop will introduce participants to the theory, principles, and skills of motivational interviewing and related motivation-enhancing behavior change approaches. Participants will be guided through a sequence of learning activities to explore and shape counseling practice behavior, and to initiate a process for developing proficiency in motivational interviewing. Learning activities will include: real-life demonstrations, video-tape examples, “real-plays”, case studies, small group exercises, and participant practice with feedback. This workshop is appropriate for helping professionals with no prior or minimal to moderate exposure.

Presenter Bio:
Larisa Traga is a California-licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), master addiction counselor (MAC), with a co-occurring disorders specialization (CCDS), providing training, consultation and therapy to the Santa Barbara county community. Larisa has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY, Binghamton and a Master’s in Social Work from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  She is an EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) approved EMDR Certified therapist and  Consultant and a Member of International Network of Trainers for Motivational Interviewing (MINT).  Larisa has been an adjunct psychology and human services instructor at Allan Hancock College since 2015.  She has also worked countywide with the County of Santa Barbara Behavioral Wellness Department since 2009 with individuals with co-occurring disorders, PTSD, Transitional Age Youth and adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, drug court involved teens and adults and individuals experiencing crisis.  Larisa currently has a private practice specializing in culturally sensitive individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults using an eclectic approach, including EMDR, CBT, MI, and mindfulness techniques. She treats a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, physical/sexual abuse, PTSD, self-esteem issues, workplace harassment, and more. In addition, Larisa conducts training on Evidence Based Practices, such as Motivational Interviewing, NIATx process improvement, MATRIX model, and more currently consultations and technical assistance on use of EMDR, and crisis debriefings using A-tip.

Day 1
8:30–9 – Registration
9:00–10:00 – Defining Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Spirit of MI
Exercise: Spirit of MI
10:00–10:15 – Break
10:15–11:45 – 4 Processes of MI: Engaging; Traps to avoid
Exercise: Conversational Roadblocks
Exercise: Now Listen instead
11:45–12:45 – Lunch (on your own)
12:45–2:30 – Identifying goals; Change Process
Exercise: Personal Values
Exercise: How easy is change
2:30–2:45 – Break
2:45–4:45 – Measuring Importance, Confidence and Readiness
Exercise: Ruler 
4:45–5:00 – Day 1 Wrap-Up
Day 2
8:30–9 – Registration
9:00–10:00 – OARS
Exercise: Open-Ended Questions
10:00–10:15 – Break
10:15–11:45 – OARS
Exercise: Reflective Listening
Exercise: Summary Practice
11:45–12:45 – Lunch (on your own)
12:45–2:30 – OARS; 4 Processes: Focusing
Exercise: Mining for Affirmations      
Exercise: Focusing
Exercise: Focusing discussion
2:30–2:45 – Break
2:45–4:45 – Identifying Change and Sustain Talk; DARN CATs
Exercise: Change or sustain talk
4:45–5:00 – Day 2 Wrap-Up:
Survey, CEs and Self-Evaluation tool to use
Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the spirit and key principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Define Motivational Interviewing
  • Define 4 processes of Motivational Interviewing
  • Describe the essential elements of OARS
  • Demonstrate ability to use OARS
  • Demonstrate ability to recognize change talk and stages of change
  • Identify traps to avoid when using MI 
  • Develop a personal plan for practicing and incorporating the primary skills and strategies of MI into counseling practice

Please go to www.emdrconsulting.com to register 

2019 Live Workshop Dates:
Solvang,CA April 26-27
Lacey,WA August13-14

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This Ce-Classes.com course is approved for CE credit by:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA) Ce-Classes.com is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Ce-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • EMDR Consulting NBCC Approval EMDR Consulting, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6853. EMDR Consulting, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of this program for NBCC CEs.
  • Social workers participating in this course will receive 14 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.

  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2021
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-147-0221 Expires 2-2021
  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners, Continuing Education Provider – 5674 expires 4/30/2021.
  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors, Continuing Education Provider
  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: 2080
  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201 Expires 5/31/2021
  • New York Social Work Board – Ce-Classes.com 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-0120.

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