Supporting Families with Motivational Interviewing: Group Coaching Series






This 5-week small group coaching series will reinforce the basic concepts of Motivational Interviewing and provide opportunities to practice skills and receive feedback during role play. The program will also utilize the MI Companion, online training tool which covers Resisting the Righting Reflex, Understanding Motivation, Listening, Empowering, and Structuring the Conversation.


Learners will:

  • Name three eliciting change talk questions that build motivation
  • State three ways that reflective listening is important for engagement
  • Demonstrate the ability to do reflective listening
  • Identify 5 different strategies to empower members


Who Should Attend: Direct service staff of family resource centers, child abuse prevention councils, and other child and family-serving organizations who are new to Motivational Interviewing. 


Training Materials & Resources

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Training Materials & Resources

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Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Barnett is a lecturer in the California State University system, teaching research methods and statistics. Since becoming a member of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 2005, she has trained and coached nurse practitioners, nurse case managers, registered dieticians, pharmacists, social workers, health educators, counselors, and the occasional physician. She has published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles on the application of MI with adolescent substance users, co-authored two book chapters, one on the use of MI in Obesity and one on MI in Social Work, produced two sets of specialized training videos. She also developed the MI Companion, online MI practice modules which have been adopted into multiple academic programs. She recently initiated the MI Skills Lab, which provides standardized clients for mock interviews so that trainees can easily practice their skills and receive feedback. She received her Master’s of Social Work from Boston University and her PhD from the University of Southern California’s Department of Preventive Medicine’s Institute for Prevention Research.