All too often, providers struggle with approach when trying to engage clients around meaningful change. This can leave providers feeling frustrated and clients feeling invalidated. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based method of collaborative communication to facilitate meaningful behavior change. In this webinar session, we will review the fundamentals of MI and discuss its core values, strategies, and skills. We will learn how to use MI techniques with clients to enhance engagement, motivation, and action towards reaching targeted behavior goals or changes. Additionally, we will explore the use of MI as it relates to the crisis continuum, especially in the context of behavior de-escalation and suicide prevention.
Meet the Trainer
Christina Wade, LCSW is certified in Motivational Interviewing/Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MI/MET), with a clinical range of experience including justice-involvement, addiction, suicide prevention, crisis management, and homelessness. Christina earned her MSW from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006 while working concurrently as the Graduate Research Assistant for the Center for Social Work Research. She began her career at the University of California, San Diego, working as the Senior Clinical Social Worker for pre-release services in various California State Prisons. In 2010, she accepted a position working directly for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), specifically San Quentin State Prison. Christina worked a total of 6 years in the California Penal System. While employed at San Quentin, Christina earned her LCSW. In 2012, she transitioned to the Veterans Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Healthcare System as the forensic expert for Addiction Treatment Services, working with Veterans suffering from addiction, PTSD, and mood disorders. In 2014, she transitioned to supervising within emergency services at the University of California (UC) working out of San Francisco General Hospital. Christina left the UC to work as the East Bay Suicide Prevention Coordinator for VA Northern California Healthcare System, before taking on her current role as Sr. Program Analyst for the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for VA Suicide Prevention