Motivational Interviewing: Improving client outcomes by increasing intrinsic motivation for change.



Presented and developed by Randi Jensen, MA, LMHC, CCDC


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an established evidence based practice renowned for resolving ambivalence. MI, which has its origins in the field of substance abuse treatment, has been shown to enhance client motivation for change and improve treatment outcomes.  The spirit of MI is complementary with Self-Determination Theory (SDI), which asserts that people have an intrinsic desire to make life changes congruent with their core values.  SDI states that people are more likely to be internally motivated if their actions, beliefs and core values are in alignment.  Motivational Interviewing provides the technique to make that happen.

The principles of Motivational Interviewing include providing accurate empathy, building discrepancy, rolling with resistance and increasing self-efficacy.  These supply the basis for building intrinsic motivation for change and can facilitate the resolution of life-threatening ambivalence in suicidality.

Researchers Britton, Williams and Connor (2008) show how the therapist's proficiency in Motivational Interviewing can resolve a client's ambivalence and resistance to change.

Learning opportunities in this workshop include lecture, interactive discussion, video role plays, and skill-building through group exercises.  These methods combine to provide techniques and interventions which can be applied immediately.

 Attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the principles that underpin Motivational Interviewing and how they promote client autonomy
  • Articulate the distinguishing techniques of open ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarizations
  • Explain the Stages of Change as described by Prochaska and DiClemente (1983)
  • Discuss the significance of Self-Determination Theory in coordination with MI
  • Distinguish different methods of using MI with specific populations and varied disorders
  • Express and practice Motivational Interviewing techniques used in counseling suicidal individuals
  • Describe ethical considerations and documentation
  • Enumerate necessary therapist qualities which support efficient use of MI

Randi Jensen has taught Motivational Interviewing during her eight years as adjunct faculty at Bastyr University and during her three years as Case Management Program Director for Antioch University and Seattle Job's Initiative.  Randi employs Motivational Interviewing skills in her Shoreline private practice where she specializes in treatment of Suicidality.




Continuing Education (CE) Information


6 CEs

Cascadia Training is a NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (Provider #: 6575.)  and by the Washington State Office of Public Instruction as a "Washington State Approved Clock Hour Offering Workshop."


Randi Jensen, MA, LMHC, CCDC


Randi Jensen, MA, LMHC, CCDC received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington and began her career in social service as a Resource and Education Counselor working with the seriously mental ill.

Randi obtained a Washington State Certification in Chemical Dependency Counseling and Chemical Dependency Professional Certification.  She then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Counseling from Antioch University, Seattle.  

In 2010 through 2013, Randi was the Director of The Soldiers Project Washington, a non-profit organization providing no cost, no report mental health counseling to current and former military members, their families and concerned others.  

In addition to specializing in treatment of suicidality, Randy provides counseling to those dealing with substance abuse, gambling and military trauma.

Randi also provides trainings for Washington State Behavioral Health Conference, Evergreen Council on Program Gambling, Delaware Council on Gambling Problems, various employment assistance programs, and individual health agencies.  Randy also specializes in developing Suicide Prevention Programs for Native American communities as well as various youth mental health programs.

Ms Jensen is the author of Just Because You're Suicidal Doesn't Mean You're Crazy: The Psychobiology of Suicide, a book about overcoming chronic suicidality through peer support.  She is currently writing her second book called, How to Talk to Kids about Suicide: A book for all ages" as well as collecting stories of triumph for her book, "Just Because I Tried to Kill Myself Doesn't Mean I want to Die: Lessons Learned in Recovery from Suicidality. 




Upcoming Dates and Registration


Date: Friday, October 27th, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Cost: $155.00 USD

Campus: Shoreline Center , Shoreline, WA
Room:     Ballinger room
Map:       Directions to our campus location.
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