Motivational Interviewing in Schools: Conversations to Improve Behavior and Learning / 20 Hours of Online Professional Development

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Agency: CESA 4
Agency Assistant: Mary Devine (608) 786-4800
Location: ONLINE
Facility: Online
6/4/2018 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM ONLINE from JUNE 4-29


Motivational Interviewing in Schools: Conversations to Improve Behavior and Learning
by Stephen Rollnick, Sebastian G. Kaplan, and Richard Rutschman

Online Book Study | June 4-29, 2018

* Class is online 24/7 from any Internet-enabled device using the Moodle platform. You will receive a Moodle login and password by email a week prior to the class start date.

* Each participant must purchase the book prior to the start of the course.



This interactive, guided online book study provides a forum for school leaders to explore, in theory and practice, motivational interviewing (MI) as a practice to improve behavior and learning. Over a four-week period from June 4 to 29, participants will become familiar with the skills of MI and application to K-12 student conversations about behavior change.

What is MI? It is a style with a set of skills used to have conversation in which the student voices the case for change.  MI comprises skills and strategies that can make brief conversations about any kind of behavioral, academic, or peer-related challenge more effective. Extensive sample dialogues bring to life the "do’s and don'ts" of talking to K–12 students (and their parents) in ways that promote self-directed problem solving and personal growth.

Each week participants will be expected to complete the assigned reading, respond to one or more prompts posted by the facilitator on the group’s Moodle, andengage with co-participants in discussing the application of motivational interviewing in the school setting.

Participants in the online book study will:

  • Week/Part 1: Define motivational interviewing; discover the 4 processes, practice evoking, and utilize the E-P-E framework for providing information.
  • Week/Part 2: Show how the skills of MI can improve conversation outcomes with students and parents.  Discuss traps to avoid including the righting reflex.
  • Week/Part 3: Take a closer look at the application of MI to four situations, bullying, working with at-risk students, dropout prevention, and post-secondary transitions.
  • Week/Part 4: Plan how to practice and develop your MI skills; and how you might integrate MI in your schools.

Contact / Presenter: Jackie Schoening, CESA #6   (920) 236-0515

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Mary Devine, CESA #4 
(800) 514-3075

Cost  $50.00

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CESA #4, 923 East Garland Street, West Salem, WI  54669
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Participant Cancellation Policy: You must contact CESA #4 to cancel attendance one week prior to the scheduled event. CESA #4 will only provide full refund of registration fees depending on individual circumstances. Refunds depend upon the ability of CESA #4 to cancel any financial obligations created by the registration such as meals, materials, etc. CESA #4 reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient enrollment. Participants will be notified by e-mail or phone if a workshop is cancelled. If a participant is a 'no show' the school will be billed for the registration fee, or loss of the 'free' attendance slot.

Weather Conditions: If a workshop has been cancelled due to weather conditions, every effort will be made to reschedule the workshop. If weather conditions are questionable, please call CESA #4 Voice Mail at (608) 786-4800; Toll Free (800) 514-3075. A message will be posted regarding workshop weather cancellations.

Other Helpful Hints: Room temperatures vary from one workshop location to another, so bring a jacket or sweater for maximum comfort.

Accommodations: If you need an accommodation to participate including interpreter services (sign language or other spoken language) please email the workshop contact to set up these services. A two-week notice is appreciated.