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Motivational Interviewing
MI is a type of conversation to help individuals make decisions, change behavior(s) and grow while increasing their intrinsic motivation to work toward reaching their goals. It can help people strengthen their commitment to change, focusing on almost any aspect of life where choice is required: health or life-style changes (diet, substance use, exercise, mental health. It also is useful to help individuals determine their willingness to comply with institutional expectations, constraints or sanctions (corrections, schools, employer demands) or make important life decisions. The conversation often moves from ambivalence and the uncertainty of how to achieve positive outcomes, which requires effort to resolve and MI provides a skillful way to help them think. It involves a collaborative rather than directive process, honoring the person’s autonomy and self-determination rather than providing advice or pushing. It helps individuals explore their capacity to change and is done with a genuine interest in their experience and perspectives. MI is an evidence-based counseling or conversational approach which begins with a required “Spirit of MI” (heartset-mindset, nonjudgmental way of being) and uses some core skills, overall tasks or processes and can involve strategies used to increase “change talk.” The workshops use experiential and interactive learning tools to help providers gain proficiency in this approach and maximize engagement and learning. Richard Rutschman, the workshop facilitator of these sessions is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, has a doctorate in adult learning specializing in experiential learning approaches and has authored on this approach.

Apr 5, 2023 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Richard Rutschman
Professional Development Facilitator @Richard Rutschman Training
Richard Rutschman, Ed.D. is an experienced facilitator and adult educator with extensive experience leading workshops and team-building sessions (to human service professionals, health providers, educators, clinicians, corrections staff), as well as teaching classes and training. He has experience teaching at the secondary schools through graduate school and has been in leadership roles including as a high school principal and executive director of a multi-service community based organization as well as administrating university programs. He worked for nearly two and a half decades with Northeastern Illinois University’s Center for College Access & Success (previously Chicago Teachers’ Center) leading programs and with NEIU’s Enlace Leadership Institute, which included facilitating professional development workshops. He has led hundreds of sessions in the U.S. and abroad in both English and Spanish (he is bilingual/bicultural). He obtained his doctorate from Northern IL University.