(ONLINE BOOK STUDY) Motivational Interviewing in Schools: Conversations to Improve Behavior and Learning

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Agency: CESA 4
Agency Assistant: Mary Devine (608) 786-4800
Location: ONLINE
Facility: Online
6/3/2019 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM ONLINE 24/7 JUNE 3-28, 2019

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

Online Book Study | June 3-28, 2019


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 3 to 28, 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 discussion board, and engage 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

Online Registration:
Registration Assistance: Mary Devine, CESA #4 
(800) 514-3075;

Cost:  $50.00; Payable to CESA #4

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CESA #4, 923 East Garland Street, West Salem, WI  54669
ATTN: Mary Devine
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  • Class is online 24/7 from any Internet-enabled device using Google Classroom. You will need to set up a Google Email (Gmail) if you don’t already have one, or you can use a school district email that is Google.
  • Each participant must purchase the book prior to the start of the course.
Participant Cancellation Policy: You must contact CESA #4 to cancel attendance one week prior to the scheduled event, unless otherwise stated in the event details. 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.

Dietary Restrictions: CESA #4 will make every attempt to accommodate dietary restrictrions as noted in a user's MyQuickReg profile; however, we encourage anyone with a dietary restriction or preference to bring food items in case the event menu cannot fully accommodate. Other Helpful Hints: Room temperatures vary from one workshop location to another, so bring a jacket or sweater for maximum comfort.

Additional 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.