Advanced Motivational Interviewing Experiential Training Workshop

Advanced Motivational Interviewing Experiential Training Workshop

Target Audience:

This workshop is appropriate for helping professionals who are in the role of counseling clients/patients to make and sustain healthy behavior changes: physicians, nurses, health educators, care managers, dieticians, social workers, counselors, psychologists, life coaches, clergy, administrators, peer counselors, probation/corrections officers, personal trainers, etc. It is only appropriate for those who have had an introductory and/or intermediate MI training that was experiential and are using Motivational Interviewing in their professional role.


This intensive experiential workshop will build on the theory, principles, and skills of motivational interviewing and related motivation-enhancing behavior change approaches. Participants will be guided
through a sequence of experiential activities to continue to explore and shape counseling practice behavior, and to build more advanced skills in motivational interviewing. This workshop is
appropriate for helping professionals with prior minimal to moderate exposure.

Group discounts available! Register by October 20 to receive the rate below! 

Please note: Training is Friday, Nov 5 & Friday Nov 12th from 10am-3pm PST.  Must attend both dates to get a certificate of completion. 

As a result of these sessions, you will be able to:


  1. Practice Eliciting change talk, via MI strategies (OARS- Evoking)
  2. Practice responding to change vs. sustain talk using MI
  3. Build confidence in ability to see someone through behavior change
    process with others via the four processes of MI
  4. Be able to understand how to give feedback in an MI adherent way
  5. Identify 3 ways that you will continue your MI learning journey
  • Trainer Biography:

Larisa Traga is a California-licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), master addiction counselor (MAC), with a co-occurring disorders specialization (CCDS), providing training, consultation and therapy to the Santa Barbara county community. Larisa has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY, Binghamton and a Master's in Social Work from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is an EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) approved EMDR Certified therapist and Consultant and a Member of International Network of Trainers for Motivational Interviewing (MINT). Larisa has been an adjunct psychology and human services instructor at Allan Hancock College since 2015. She has also worked countywide with the County of Santa Barbara Behavioral Wellness Department since 2009 with individuals with co-occurring disorders, PTSD, Transitional Age Youth and adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, drug court involved teens and adults and individuals experiencing crisis. Larisa currently has a private practice specializing in culturally sensitive individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults using an eclectic approach, including EMDR, CBT, MI, and mindfulness techniques. She treats a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, physical/sexual abuse, PTSD, self-esteem issues, workplace harassment, and more. In addition, Larisa conducts training on Evidence Based Practices, such as Motivational Interviewing, NIATx process improvement, MATRIX model, and more currently consultations and technical assistance on use of EMDR, and crisis debriefings using A-tip.

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Intermediate and
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Great opportunity to advance your skills in implementing MI via real-life demonstrations, video-tape examples, “real-plays”, case studies, small group exercises, and participant practice with feedback.
5 Nov 2021 - 10:00am to 12 New 2021 - 3: 00pm
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