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The Power of Debriefing

This workshop is about the power of debriefing for creating cohesiveness and safety during a Motivational Interviewing training. One of the great appeals of facilitating a Motivational Interviewing training/learning is its engaging and dynamic nature, like the MI conversation itself. Debriefing is useful in teaching MI by actively engaging the learners by addressing their needs, wants, and desires during an MI training. We will demonstrate how statements, questions, and concerns (and sometimes bad jokes) of the trainees can be used to promote partnership with the trainees. During this workshop, participants will experience a series of different exercises that have been found to be especially useful and effective in communicating the spirit and helping deepen practitioners’ technical skills in the use of Motivational Interviewing. We will try out each of the exercises as a group, and then take a step back and discuss how we imagine they may work with our participants, what insights the exercises provide (let's debrief together), and how the work deepens understanding of the Motivational Interviewing practice. Participants will become familiar with a variety of training tools for creating a more engaged training group which will result in greater sharing among trainees of their own ideas.

  • Stephen is an excellent speaker! He explains things in a way that sticks with you. I would take all my training with Stephen; he is that good!!

  • I liked how this was a training that didn’t feel like a training. I learned so much in a completely not boring way.

  • Inspiring, engaging, entertaining training. What could be better? Great, really. Hope for more in the future.


The Power of Debriefing

January 20, 2022 - 12:00 pm (noon) - 2:00 pm


Online via the Zoom Videoconferencing Platform

Cost: free, donations to DignityMaine encouraged
Instructor: Stephen Andrew LCSW, LADC, CCS, MINT

“Stephen's experience and passion for this work is evident. He takes time to listen and also reflect what he is hearing from participants, reinforcing the "spirit of MI" as well as ensuring that we leave the training with a good understanding of the concept he is teaching.”

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