Motivational Interviewing for Youth Workers

Date(s) - 02/21/2023
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM



Training Details

Motivational Interviewing for Youth Workers

This FREE training will be held in-person on February 21st, 2023 from 8:00AM to 4:30PM in Auburn, ME

Applications open January 23rd thru February 17th, 2023

Are you a youth worker or someone who otherwise works alongside young people? Have you ever struggled with getting a young person or young adult you are working with to see their full potential and identify their goals? Motivation Interviewing (MI) is a valuable tool to help navigate these barriers. MI allows you to work alongside a young person to resolve ambivalence about an issue and encourages them to come up with solutions for getting past hurdles that may be standing in their way while utilizing key principles such as expressing empathy and supporting self-efficacy.

This will be a fun, interactive program delivered by Chris Guild, CHWC, a MINT-certified Motivational Interviewing trainer as an 8-hour, one day program where participants will learn and practice the skills to build the relationship, enhance importance, focus on a meaningful agenda item, and enhance importance and confidence for change and set mutually agreed upon goals. This program is inclusive of youth and young adult experience including homelessness and systems involvement. Additionally, Chris will incorporate discussion of harm-reduction and how Motivational Interviewing techniques can support the prevention of new HIV/AIDS infections, as well as promote other harm reduction tactics.

This training opportunity is presented by Chris Guild and sponsored by New Beginnings, Inc., with support from the Maine Department of Education. Staff of youth-serving agencies and alternative schools are welcome to apply!

Training objectives include, but are not limited to:
• Motivational Interviewing history overview
• Common behavior changes theories
• Active listening
• MI foundational concepts and core elements
• Processes of MI in detail and the intersection with harm reduction
• Expanding on how MI techniques can support prevention of HIV/AIDS

Do you work with or otherwise mentor a young person who may be interested in learning the skills associated with participating in this training alongside you? Email for more info!

This training is held in-person at Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch. Breakfast, lunch, and free parking will be provided on site. Don’t wait, register today! This training is limited to 20 participants.

Certificates of Attendance will be provided upon completion of the entire training, and CEU’s will be available for purchase.

***Please do not apply unless you can attend the entirety of this training without contacting first.***

Training Application

Applications are closed for this event.

For more information contact:
Kelly Colbath

Kelly Colbath

Prevention & Training Coordinator

PLEASE NOTE: Application priority will be given to youth workers and staff from youth/social service agencies, residential programs, and alternative schools who work with teens and young adults at high risk for negative health outcomes or homelessness/out of home placements. Adults/educators who do not currently work directly with these youth (e.g. primarily work with younger adolescents, children, lower-risk populations, or in program administration) may submit an application request but will likely be placed on the waiting list until after the application deadline, and contacted as space allows.