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Motivational Interviewing: A Collaborative Approach to Influence Change

Presented by Kristin Dempsey, MFT

March 8, 2013 - 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL


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Kristin Dempsey, MFT

The Presenter

Kristin Dempsey is a marriage and family therapist and member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. She is director of Workforce Development at San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS). She also teaches graduate-level psychology classes at Dominican University of California in San Rafael and graduate-level counseling classes at San Francisco State University.

Ms. Dempsey has an extensive history of adapting motivational interviewing to various workgroups and clinical populations. She has provided training about motivational interviewing to community mental health centers and social service organizations throughout northern California.

Ms. Dempsey began working at BHRS in 2001 as a clinician specializing in the treatment of dual diagnosis (mental health and substance issues) and later oversaw quality improvement efforts to integrate mental health and substance abuse services. She has clinical experience in treating alcohol and other drug issues; trauma; adolescent, child and family treatment; and issues related to women’s health and pregnancy counseling.

She has management experience in overseeing the work of school-based mental health teams and managing a high-volume family planning clinic. She has worked as a trainer in behavioral health and women’s health care.


Motivational interviewing is a method for having a collaborative conversation about change. The “spirit” of motivational interviewing - partnership, compassion, acceptance and evocation - is used to strategically engage individuals in conversations in which their motivations toward change can be reflected upon and expanded. Selective reflections, evocative questions and affirmative responses that support even the smallest indicators of change, can be used to "grow" the motivation toward new behaviors.

As motivational interviewing is client-centered, it is amenable to being used in many cultures and has been adopted internationally. Additionally, motivational interviewing has had positive outcomes promoting positive behavior change in psychological, corrections, and primary care settings. Currently, 14 interventions based on the basic concepts of motivational interviewing are registered on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.
The training offered will use the most recent concepts of motivational interviewing from “Motivational Interviewing Helping People Change” (third edition) by William R. Miller, PhD, and Stephen Rollnick, PhD.

This one-day training will introduce the fundamental theory of motivational interviewing. Participants will learn the building blocks and micro skills to guide individuals to change. This approach is valuable in behavioral health, primary care, employee wellness and other settings where it is important to motivate individuals toward change.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss two ways in which motivational interviewing is distinct from client-centered and directive counseling/interaction approaches.
  • Explain the four building blocks of motivational interviewing and how the blocks help to guide an individual toward change.
  • Describe three components of the "spirit of motivational interviewing," and be able to explain how these components are essential to motivate individuals toward change.
  • Discuss the four micro skills associated with the motivational interviewing model and provide examples of each.
  • Describe the four types of preparatory change talk and three types of commitment change talk.

Who Should Attend

This program will benefit a wide range of mental health and social service professionals, as well as healthcare providers and those who work in employee wellness or correctional settings. This may include psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, family therapists, primary care physicians, nurses and other professionals who provide therapeutic care.



8 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast (provided to all attendees at no additional cost)
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Conference begins
  Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:45 - 10:15 a.m. Basics of motivational interviewing
What motivational interviewing is and what it is not
The building blocks of motivational interviewing
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - Noon The “spirit” of motivational interviewing
Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch (provided to all attendees at no additional cost)
1 - 2:15 p.m. Conference resumes
  The fundamental micro skills of motivational interviewing: Reflection and open-ended questions
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. The fundamental micro skills of motivational interviewing: Affirmation and summary
3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Change talk and moving to negotiate change
3:45 - 4 p.m. Question and answer
4 p.m. Conference concludes


The conference will have two 15-minute breaks with refreshments.

Continuing Education

Memorial Health System is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations as a provider of continuing education for Licensed Professional Counselors (Provider #197-000015). Memorial Medical Center is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations as a provider of continuing education for Social Workers (Provider #159-000302). Six hours of continuing education credit will be provided at this conference for social workers and professional counselors.

CEUs for Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselors have been applied for through IAODAPCA.

Memorial Health System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Illinois Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This CNE activity is being offered for 6.0 contact hours.


Memorial Counseling Associates (MCA) provides a variety of assessment and therapy services at five convenient locations in central Illinois. Our counseling services focus on treatment of anxiety, depression, grief, postpartum depression and relationship issues. Our counseling staff offers customized assessment and therapy services for children, adolescents and adults.

Memorial Counseling Associates is a program of Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois (MHCCI), a Memorial Health System affiliate. MHCCI is a private, not-for-profit organization that has provided high-quality, comprehensive behavioral health and rehabilitation services throughout central Illinois for more than 65 years.

Learn more about MCA’s services at


Memorial Medical Center is at 701 N. First St. in Springfield, IL. This program will be held in the Wedeberg Conference Center on the medical center’s lower level, just beyond the information desk in the Capitol Lobby.

You may park in any visitor parking lot. Memorial Medical Center does offer valet parking for visitors who require assistance.

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