Friday, December 7, 2018

Motivational Interviewing for Helping People Change

Joanne D. Taylor, Ph.D.

Presentation followed by Question & Answer Period as Time Allows

Sign in will begin at 6:30 PM - Workshop - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The target audience for this presentation is mental health professionals who are in clinical practice. The workshop will be given on an intermediate level.

Handouts and seating can be guaranteed only for those who pre-register and pay by 12/03/18.

Location: Adelphi University's Hauppauge Education and Conference Center
55 Kennedy Drive, Hauppauge (Facilities are handicapped accessible)


SCPA Members: No Fee - 2 CE credits are available for a $20.00 fee
$10.00 fee until 12/03/18, $15.00 fee from 12/04/18 on

2 CE credits are available for a $20.00 additional fee

Social Workers ~ $30.00 fee (includes 2 CE credits) until 12/03/18 - $35.00 fee from 12/04/18 on*

Certificate of Attendance available for $5.00 additional

*strictly subject to seating availability.

There is no known conflict of interest involved in this program nor commercial support provided for its presentation.

This workshop will introduce participants to the foundational elements of Motivational Interviewing (MI) as a way of being and communicating to help people change. MI can be utilized in diverse settings and helps practitioners connect rapidly with clients, with the goal of evoking motivation to change from within the client. The workshop will be interactive, with opportunity for demonstration role plays, and for participants to engage in practice exercises and ‘real play’ to experience a taste of MI for themselves. Relevance to participants’ everyday practice will be addressed.

By the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify the four elements of the Spirit of MI;
  2. Identify the core skills of MI and how they help evoke motivation from the client;
  3. Specify examples of communication that are inconsistent with an MI approach and explain why such examples may not be the best way to assist clients;
  4. Explain the difference between ‘change talk’ and 'sustain talk.'

Joanne D. Taylor, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice and employed by the Northport VA Medical Center where she serves as the Health Behavior Coordinator, Training Director for the Clinical Psychology Post-doctoral Fellowship and a Regional trainer and consultant for MI/MET. Dr. Taylor received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1989. She has three decades of experience in a broad range of clinical areas, largely in Health Psychology, and has been a leader in promoting both staff and program development, most notably as an expert in Motivational Interviewing and in helping to advance the VA mission of holistic, patient centered care. Dr. Taylor is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), the Suffolk County Psychological Association (SCPA), and she holds a faculty appointment to Stony Brook School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. She has conducted countless trainings in MI (from beginner to advanced) for mental health, medical and allied health professionals, and provides follow up consultation and mentoring for staff interested in developing advanced skill in the use of Motivational Interviewing.

If you have any questions (including information about our cancellation policy), please email or call 631-423-2409 and be sure to leave a contact telephone number in your email or message. You may register and pay for this and all of our other workshops via our website using the form within this listing or by mailing in your payment by December 3, 2018 (payable to SCPA) with your name and contact information to:

Suffolk County Psychological Association
P.O. Box 397
Commack, NY 11725

If you prepay and need to cancel, please do so via email to: or by leaving a message at 631-423-2409 up until 48 hours prior to the workshop and a credit will be issued towards a future SCPA workshop.

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Suffolk County Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Suffolk County Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Suffolk County Psychological Association is approved by NYSED State Board for Social Work to provide continuing education to LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State

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