Motivational Interviewing

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Motivational Interviewing

10 June, 2021 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm CDT

At the heart of effective therapeutic approaches with clients is the awareness of what motivates a client to change. This entails surfacing what is most meaningful for the client and providing effective resources. It is critical that the client claims ownership of the treatment plan. In this workshop, we will explore and discuss holistic approaches for clients to achieve their goals by closely examining the importance of compliance, instilling confidence, and utilizing the core principles of motivational interviewing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain knowledge of the basic principles of motivational interviewing
  • Identify and work effectively with cultural differences when applying these skills
  • Apply motivational interviewing with a variety of clients


Gary U. Behrman, Ph.D., MSW, M.Div., LCSW was an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Saint Louis University (SLU) Schools of Social Work, Allied Health, and Medicine for 29 years. Dr. Behrman is recognized for his expertise as a clinician, educator, and consultant, and has a private practice in St. Louis metropolitan area. He has extensive training in trauma recovery and suicide risk reduction and served as a first responder for numerous crisis events around the country, including an assignment at Ground Zero following the attacks on 9/11 and with Ferguson/Florissant, MO School District following the unrest of 2014. His research and publications are in trauma recovery and the role of spirituality and faith in the healing process.