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Thursday, April 25th 2013

Motivational Interviewing for Anxiety and Depression

Henny Westra, PhD
presented by Leading Edge Seminars, Inc

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm YWCA Elm Centre, 87 Elm Street, Toronto

Although anxiety disorders and related problems such as depression can be highly disabling, many clients are ambivalent about change and reluctant to engage productively in treatment. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a brief, client-centred therapy aimed at understanding and resolving ambivalence to change. Established as an effective approach in addictions treatment, MI is being increasingly shown to be an effective strategy in the treatment of anxiety and related problems.

This workshop will provide an introduction to MI and show you how to integrate MI techniques with cognitive behavioural therapy in the treatment of anxiety and depression so you can help clients identify the roadblocks that keep them stuck, and enhance their motivation for change.

Motivation issues are central and ever-present in clinical practice and a wide range of clinical populations. This workshop will expand your clinical skills. Although the illustrations in this workshop will focus on anxiety and depression, MI skills can be extrapolated to other presenting problems because these skills transcend diagnosis.

Prepare to roll up your sleeves and get down to work in this highly interactive seminar. A combination of role plays, demonstrations, and some didactic instruction will facilitate skill acquisition.

You will learn

To train your ears to identify key MI markers (ambivalence, change talk, taking steps, resistance)
Key skills in responding to MI markers to move the client productively to resolving ambivalence and enhancing commitment to change
How to cultivate empathic understanding and use it to enhance intrinsic motivation
How to manage resistance
How to move flexibly with clients to blend more supportive and more directive clinical styles
How to integrate MI with CBT

About the Presenter:


Henny Westra, PhD, has published and presented widely on adapting Motivational Interviewing to the treatment of anxiety and related problems. She is the author of the recent book Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Anxiety and co-editor of the book Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Psychological Problems. She is Associate Professor of Psychology at York University, and her research has been funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Westra is an experienced scientist and practitioner, and a dynamic teacher.

website: http://www.leadingedgeseminars.org/seminars/motivational-interviewing-for-anxiety-and-depression.html

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