Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Kerry Arnold, LSW, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Health Human Services – 3 CEU’s

9:30 to 12:30

March 31, 2021

A live interactive training using the Zoom Pro platform in two parts

Price per person $89


Motivational interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that acknowledges how difficult it is to make life changes. This workshop is designed to improve and expand the practitioner’s current range of helping skills.  The philosophy and practice of Motivational Interviewing focuses on both empathic/non-judgmental AND time-sensitive counseling approaches.  In this workshop, we will begin to learn how to think and “speak the language” of Motivational Interviewing.

Workshop Objectives:

1. Participants will develop and expand current vocabulary to include key concepts of motivational interviewing (M.I.).
2. Participants will gain a philosophical and conceptual understanding of how to support a client anywhere in the stages of change through M.I. approaches.
3. Participants will troubleshoot individual cases (including their own) using the M.I. process
4. Participants will learn to utilize practical exercises and tools as part of the M.I. process

This dynamic, interactive program will include full group and breakout room discussions.


Time Content
9:30 – 10:15 Introduction of vocabulary and key concepts of M.I.
10:15– 11:00 Review of stages of change, with examples and group discussion, to illustrate the philosophy of M.I., how to support individuals with M.I. at each stage. Client scenarios will be reviewed during this section.
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15 – 11:45 Working with individual cases for the purposes of troubleshooting and being able to identify M.I. approaches that could be beneficial in each case.  Participants will be encouraged to provide real examples from their work.  Breakout rooms will be utilized for this portion. 
11:45 – 12:30 Introduction of exercises/tools used in the M.I. process will be demonstrated, then practiced by volunteer participants in a “fishbowl” format.


CEU Hours: 

This event is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states.

About the Speaker:

Kerry Arnold, M.S.W., LSW is a Full Time Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator in the Behavioral Health/Human Services program at the Community College of Philadelphia. Kerry is a Licensed Social Worker and received her M.S.W. from Temple University. For 30 years, she has been a behavior specialist, educator, and consultant to a myriad of agencies in the Tri-State area serving individuals with intellectual disabilities and co-occurring disorders, which include substance abuse.

Kerry has presented at city, state and national conferences in the area of recovery-centered, behavioral support planning for individuals receiving behavioral health services.   Since 2008, she has been a primary consultant in New Jersey’s dual-disordered initiative in, spearheaded by Rutgers University.

Kerry co-hosts a television show sponsored by the Community College of Philadelphia, Tapestry of Life, which features interviews with people who have a lived or direct support experience with some aspect of behavioral health/stigma and oppression and their path toward healing.

Procedure: After registration, you will be sent a confirmation, and a receipt of payment. A few days before the training you will receive a packet containing instructions for logging on to the Zoom session, handouts, and the requirements for your certificate and CEU’s (if applicable)

Cancellations and Refunds: Canceling your registration must be done by email ( prior to five business days from the training date. If you have paid the fee, you will receive a refund or credit (your choice). If you fail to cancel prior to five business days and have paid, you or your agency will forfeit the fee. If you fail to cancel prior to five business days from the training date and have not paid, you or your agency will be billed for the full fee. Thank you

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  • March 31, 2021 9:30 am   -   12:30 pm
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