Motivational Interviewing (MI) Training for Professionals
Ambivalence means feeling two ways about something. It's also often the norm when making life changes.
Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based approach for helping clients/patients resolve their ambivalence, and move forward in a direction of positive behavior change.
Valerie Hoover, PhD - Trainer
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY 27563) in California and and a member of the clinical faculty at Stanford University, School of Medicine. I am also a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. I adapt my trainings to meet the unique professional challenges and skill levels of learners in each training group. My training style strikes a balance between didactics and experiential exercises to best help learners incorporate the new skills and techniques into their current practice.
What will I learn?
I offer different levels of training (beginner, intermediate or advanced), lengths (1-hr introductory talks up to 1-3 day trainings) and modalities (group-based training and/or individual coaching). Some of the specific skills that may be covered in training include:
- Underlying spirit of MI and relation to patient-centered communication
- When to apply MI (hint: it's not suited for every patient encounter)
- Identifying client/patient motivation for change (i.e., "change talk" vs. "sustain talk")
- Cultivating client/patient motivation for change
- How to skillfully respond to client/patient resistance
- How to provide advice/information without eliciting defensiveness
To discuss options for group training or individual coaching, please contact me by email at DrValerieHoover@gmail.com or by phone at (650) 642-3297.