Our next training, Motivational Interviewing: Getting Past the ‘Yes Buts,’ is on Thursday, July 26, 6-8 p.m. To rsvp, contact Pang Chang at pchang (at) walkin.org. The training is free for Walk-In volunteers, and there is a nominal fee for non-volunteers.
Motivational Interviewing allows the practitioner to work with challenging clients who use “yes, but’s” to avoid changes that might make their lives better. It focuses on the personal motivation and commitment to a specific goal by helping the person identify the goal, and exploring the person’s reasons for wanting that change. When the client can own the motivation (for change) the change “sticks” better over time.
1. Identify basic techniques of Motivational Interviewing.
2. Apply these concepts and techniques as they relate to challenging clients.
About the presenter:
Tim Eiesland, MSW, LICSW has 38 years of professional work experience in the social services field. Tim started the first 16 years of his career in the developmental disability field. Tim completed his MSW degree in 1998 and started his clinical social work career at Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Tim started as a clinical intern in the Counseling Department, moved on to the clinical counselor position, and then into administrative and Senior management roles, which lasted for 19 years. In 2016, Tim returned to working directly with individuals and families again and is currently employed as a Full Time Outpatient Mental Health Therapist & Motivational Interviewing Institute Trainer at Fairview Health Services. Tim has been teaching as an adjunct professor in the St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas School of Social Work MSW program for the last seven years.