Motivational Interviewing with Teens and Young Adults

Two sessions available on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

With trainer Mike Mack

Mike Mack has been working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system since 1984. He currently supervises the Juvenile Community Corrections Officers in Cumberland county. Since 2003, Mike has done over 700 hours of MI training for DOC facility staff, probation officers and outside providers. Mike also acts as training officer for DOC’s Crisis Negotiation Team.


This FREE training is designed for youth workers, alternative school teachers, and staff of residential or drop-in programs serving high-risk or homeless youth, and is sponsored by New Beginnings with support from the Maine Department of Education.

Participants will learn how Motivational Interviewing techniques can be used to help young people reduce their risk for HIV, substance abuse and other high risk behaviors.

Motivational interviewing (or M.I.) is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes.

M.I. developed in part by clinical psychologists William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick, is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence.

Participants will:

  1. Be able to name the 4 basic principles of Motivational Interviewing.
  2. Be able to name and give examples of the OARS techniques.
  3. Be able to demonstrate examples of simple and complex reflective responses to client statements.
  4. Be able to identify and rank client Change Talk
  5. Demonstrate use of a Scale of 1-10 to gauge motivation to change and elicit change statements.

There are 2 sessions being offered on the same day:

Morning Session:

  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Beginners ~ 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  This session is geared toward beginners and newcomers to Motivational Interviewing. This session is appropriate for folks with some to no experience in Motivational Interviewing with youth. This session will take place in the morning, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session:

  • Motivational Interviewing Techniques – Intermediate/Advanced Practice ~ 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This session is intended for folks who already have some experience using Motivational Interviewing techniques; either through study or practice. The second session will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.

*** Please indicate on your registration form which session you are registering for.***

Both sessions will be held in Auburn Maine.

Light snacks and refreshments will be available at both sessions.

A buffet-style lunch will be served at noon; participants from both sessions are invited to attend the lunch and network with colleagues.

Dress is office casual and comfortable, and dressing in layers is recommended!

Please register before February 14th, 2019. 

PLEASE NOTE: Registration 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 a registration request but will likely be placed on the waiting list until after the registration deadline, and contacted as space allows. 

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