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Ready or Not: Four Processes from Motivational Interviewing to Help Talk About Change


Paul Nagy_PictureDescription: Motivational Interviewing, a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s commitment to change, sees change as a process in which motivation can be “discovered” through effective dialogue with a skilled helper. In this workshop, Paul Nagy will focus on the use of MI’s four overlapping and recursive processes of engaging, focusing, evoking and planning to help clinicians meet clients “where they are.”  He will also describe several process flow techniques for assessing readiness to change and determining appropriate steps to help guide clients toward their destiny of choice. This includes ways to help motivate clients who feel stuck or ambivalent as well as to help recognize and accept non-judgmentally when clients express unwillingness to make certain changes. Throughout, Mr. Nagy will illustrate these principles with case examples.

Trainer: Paul D. Nagy, LPC, LCAS, CCS, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center, is also a licensed clinical addictions specialist and certified clinical supervisor in the substance abuse field.  He has served as a board member for Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA), program administrator for the Duke Addictions Program, expert content director for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Chair and Co-Chair of several Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPS).


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