Applying Motivational Interviewing in Career Development Settings

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Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a set of innovative and dynamic interpersonal communication techniques developed to enhance motivation and self-efficacy, clarify values, and resolve ambivalence. MI was originally introduced as a revolutionary counseling skill set for counselors working with addicted clients. Today, MI is used in myriad settings, including medical, educational, and business to overcome ambivalence, find true meaning and purpose, and build potential for success. This session will outline the basic principles of MI, review evidence-based efficacy, describe and demonstrate techniques. Attendees will also gain awareness of the many ways MI techniques can be applied in career counseling and coaching settings.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the four habits of the heart that make up the spirit of MI.
  2. Describe the four foundational skills of MI.
  3. Apply MI tools including importance and confidence rulers and values clarification in their practice with clients.

Your Instructor:

Cyndi Briggs, PhD, NCC, LCMHC obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, her master’s in counseling from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, and her doctorate in counseling from Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. She has served as a counselor educator both in person and online at Oregon State University, Winona State University, Wake Forest University, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and Walden University. She is a former addiction counselor, and her work with court-mandated and federal probation clients inspired her pursuit of effective techniques including Motivational Interviewing. She has taught foundational MI techniques since 2004. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC #53058) and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina (LCMHC #3508).