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Overview: 

This event is for teachers and advisors to learn about the practice of Motivational Interviewing (MI), a form of empathic dialogue used to strengthen a student’s motivation and commitment toward a goal by eliciting and exploring their reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.

After you attend this session, you will be eligible to attend Enhancing Student Motivation, Part 2, on November 2.

Audience: 

This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Advisors and instructors who want to learn techniques for strengthening students’ motivation to achieve their goals
  • Advisors who were hired in FY17 or FY18 should complete the Art of Advising prior to enrolling in this course. New advisors may be concurrently enrolled in this course and the Art of Advising. However, completing Art of Advising should be the priority for new advisors with limited time for professional development.
Description: 

MI is a form of empathic dialogue for strengthening a person’s motivation and commitment to change. It is designed to strengthen motivation for movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring a person’s reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. This well-researched tool is proven to increase the motivation and persistence of people who are struggling to set and achieve their goals.

In 2012, all of the intake and career counseling staff, and several teachers at Rhode Island Regional Adult Learning received training on how to conduct MI-based interventions. Six months after completing the training, staff and teachers reported that the MI-based interventions helped them assist students in setting realistic goals. They also felt confident that they had a new tool in their tool box to help their students make progress toward their goals. Students also reported that they felt heard and understood during the MI-based intake process.

The presenter will offer an overview of this method for enhancing motivation and how it can be used with adult learners. You will have an opportunity to experience MI techniques and to discuss how to apply this approach in your program.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the spirit and principles of MI
  • Discuss situations where MI could be used in your practice
  • Apply MI principles in a role-play or practice scenario
Presenter(s): 
Prerequisites: 

Advisors who were hired in FY17 or FY18 should complete the Art of Advising prior to enrolling in this course. New advisors may be concurrently enrolled in this course and the Art of Advising. However, completing Art of Advising should be the priority for new advisors with limited time for professional development. 

Date: 
10/13/2017 - 9:45am to 3:30pm
Location: 
World Education, 9th floor
44 Farnsworth Street
Boston, MA 02210
Directions: 
Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
Advising
Education and Career Planning
High School Equivalency (HiSET/GED)
PDP Eligible: 
No