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How to Invest in the Process, not Outcome: Focusing on the Relational Elements of Motivational Interviewing  with Marty Weems, LCSW, LCAS

SLIDES|| printable handouts: 3-per-page-with-notes  and 6-per-page


October 20, 2016 at the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the UNC School of Social Work, Chapel Hill, NC  || Slides || printable handouts: 3 slides per page with notes || 6 slides per page

When:  Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm with 1 hour catered lunch and 2 fifteen minute breaks (sign in and coffee at 8:30 am)

WhereRoom 101 in the UNC School of Social Work, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC   Directions and parking

Continuing Education 6 hours

Fees:  General Admission: $160;  SSW discount: $110
            Early Bird discount available before September 30th: General $110; SSW discount: $60
*SSW Discount available for current UNC-CH School of Social Work students, faculty, field instructors, and task supervisors.
**Additional $6 charge for psychologists who would like to receive Category A credit
Registration: Online pre-registration    You may pre-register up until the day before the program.
Description:  Most clinicians are aware of the magnitude of the therapeutic relationship, yet issues often impede that fragile working alliance. This workshop will provide an intensive exploration of the relational elements of Motivational Interviewing (MI) that serve as the foundation of the approach, and our work with clients. We will focus on embodying the spirit of MI, including compassion, acceptance, collaboration, and evocation. We will explore the elements of acceptance and the principles of MI as well. Come join Marty Weems to learn and practice ways to use the relationship itself to learn, support change, and honor client autonomy. This includes shifting our primary focus from outcomes to the interpersonal process itself as a therapeutic intervention. Bring in your relevant cases!

picture-71Marty Weems, LCSW, LCAS, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Marty joined the faculty at the School of Social Work in 2003, and teaches graduate studies in direct practice social work. Prior to her tenure at the School of Social Work, Marty worked as a treatment provider, with a focus on substance use disorders. In 2008 she founded e-daptivity Learning and Performance Solutions, an organizational development company that specializes in providing services to behavioral healthcare agencies


  • 8:30 – sign in and coffee
  • 9:00 – 10:00 – Influential Theories
  • 10:15 – 10:30 – break
  • 10:30 – 12:00 –  Elements of Motivational Interviewing
  • 12:00 – 1:00 – break for lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:30 – Using Relational elements and interpersonal process
  • 2:30 – 2:45 – break
  • 2:45 – 4:30 – conclusion

Learning Objectives

By the completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the four elements that comprise the spirit of MI
  • Identify the elements of acceptance in MI
  • Understand the processes in MI
  • Engage in more collaborative processes, grounded in point of view and experiences of client
  • Describe strategies that foster self-determination and reasons for lasting change
  • Use compassion to honor and accept choices and experience
  • Attend to the process dimension in psychotherapy


Handouts: All handouts for the lecture are posted on the top of this event’s page.


  • Miller, William R.; Rollnick, Stephen (2014). Motivational Interviewing, Third Edition: Helping People Change. New York: Guilford Publications.
  • Moyers, T. (2014). The relationship in motivational interviewing. Psychotherapy, 51(3), 358-363.
  • Carr, E. S., & Smith, Y. (2014). The poetics of therapeutic practice: Motivational interviewing and the powers of pause. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 38(1), 83-114.

Transportation/ DirectionsThe most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. Parking fee is $1.50/ hour. The Carolina Inn next door on Pittsboro has space-available pay parking for a flat fee of $10/day. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work. Directions.

How to access UNC wireless: Information for connecting to wireless at UNC

Information on Continuing Educational Credit:

Contact hours provided for LCSWs and LMFTs 6 hours

CEU: 6 Contact Hours per event

6 Contact Hours from UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

6 Contact Hours NBCC (provider #6642) The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  

Each clinical lecture is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the UNC School of Social Work. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Each workshop is offered for 6 Hours of continuing education credit.

No partial credit will be given. Participants must attend the entire program in order to receive credit.

ADA Statement: If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please call us at 919-962-6540 no later than ten business days before the program.

Attendance Policy: To receive credit, you must be present for the entire session, and you must sign the sign-in and sign-out sheets (for psychologists). No partial credit will be given. No credit will be given to participants who are more than 15 minutes late at the beginning of any session. No credit will be given to participants who leave before the close of a session.

Payment and refund policies A refund of 60% of the paid registration fee will be available when cancellation request is received  at least 48 hours prior to the program date. You may send a substitute in your place.

Additional Questions? Contact Deborah Barrett, PhD, LCSW at / 919-843-5818 or Carol Ann Hincy at / 919-962-6540.


Register Here


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CAROL ANN HINCY 919-962-6540 or