Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change Workshop

Program Overview

Would you like to be more effective in reducing resistance and building motivation with colleagues, clients and even yourself? Do you utilize the theories of Motivational Interviewing (MI) but find it challenging to naturally integrate its strategies into everyday work with clients?

OACCPP is again offering this practical, interactive and dynamic workshop that integrates Prochaska and DiClemente’s stages of change model with Miller and Rollnik’s Motivational Interviewing principles. The resulting program, when implemented in the field of mental health, addictions and community corrections, will increase the likelihood that clients will successfully follow a course of action toward change. Our Advance MI program will anchor the key strategies of MI in ways that fit with one’s own unique counselling style so that participants will gain the confidence to incorporate the tools of MI even into brief counselling interactions.

Who is this workshop for?

This course is designed for counsellors and front line staff working with clients in a counselling relationship who have been trained in Motivational Interviewing and who already possess strong knowledge of, and experience in, motivational interviewing. Motivational counselling techniques have been described as "simple but not easy". Even after being trained in the use of its techniques, many counsellors find it a challenge to integrate the strategies into everyday work with clients. This workshop is designed to help anchor these key strategies in ways that fit with one's own unique counselling style. It will focus on effective strategies for building motivation and dealing with resistance as well as working with clients to develop a personalized change plan.

Program Objectives

  • To incorporate the tools of motivational interviewing into brief counselling interactions
  • To develop an enhanced understanding of the key roadblocks to motivation
  • To revisit the art of strategic reflection
  • To build motivation in resistant clients
  • To learn ways of negotiating a change plan with the client
  • To exercise and apply MI techniques within participants specific job roles
  • Practical application and role playing


Dr. Maya Obadia is a MINT certified Motivational Interviewing Trainer with extensive experience teaching Motivational Interviewing, Behaviour Change, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to a variety of audiences in a health and social services perspective. She received her PhD and MSc from the Institute of Medical Science at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and has completed clinical teaching and research training at The Hospital for Sick Children, and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto Ontario. Dr. Obadia also teaches both research methodology and health behaviour change to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Toronto. She has been involved with many research studies looking at how to help people with chronic disease across the lifespan achieve health behaviour change. Specifically, her research focuses on helping patients adopt healthy behaviours post cancer treatments that are appropriate for longevity and future disease prevention. Dr. Obadia also has an active private practice in the same field.

Workshop Details

Cost: $240 +HST for OACCPP members ($280 +HST for non-members)

Date: October 18 & 19, 2019

Time: 9:00AM – 4:30PM

12 CECs

Location: OACCPP Office, 586 Eglinton Ave E, Suite 410 Toronto, Ontario M4P 1P2

Coffee, refreshments & lunch included

Space is limited (only 20 spots)


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