During this webinar you will learn:
- The core tenets of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and the “MI Spirit”.
- Techniques to avoid discord in the working relationship to avoid arguments or confrontation with offenders
- The potential benefits of utilizing Motivational Interviewing in criminal justice settings (particularly corrections and community corrections settings)
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, goal-oriented method of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is intended to strengthen personal motivation for, and commitment to, a change goal by eliciting and exploring an individual’s own arguments for change. This evidenced-based practice is used in numerous settings including: behavioral health care, primary care, emergency rooms, public health care, criminal justice, street outreach and shelters, and child welfare. It can be utilized in criminal justice settings, such as prisons, jails, or probation/parole offices, in an effort to pull for offenders’ intrinsic motivation to engage in healthier, more prosocial behaviors, such as reducing substance use, reducing criminal activity, engaging in behavioral health programming, and a variety of other behaviors.