Motivational Interviewing Learning Community

In response to significant interest among the network for additional training in the application of Motivational Interviewing, Oakland Unite is pleased to offer an in-depth, practice-based learning experience to Oakland Unite grantees. Have you already been trained in or practicing MI, but want to deepen your skills and ability to use it effectively across your organization or program?

MI Strategies Half Day: Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based practice for helping to remove internal barriers to change and support clients towards positive social and health outcomes. The MI Strategies half-day covers the fundamentals of MI, with an emphasis on application of MI skills, feedback and peer learning. November 15, 12:30- 4:30pm.

Skills Application Learning Community: In addition to the training above, Oakland Unite will offer a specialized learning series to a select group of direct service staff and their managers to deepen their application, skills and confidence in using MI. Selected participants will receive 7.5 hours of tailored training, coaching, skill-based application, and feedback from an expert instructor in MI over a period of four months. The series will begin in December and will be scheduled based on the availability of selected participants.

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Faculty: Carole McKindley-Alvarez, PsyD is an expert trainer in Motivational Interviewing who offers Oakland Unite over 15 years of experience training and coaching numerous non-profit organizations, as well as probation and law enforcement agencies. A core focus of her work is on cultural relevancy. She is a professor of Psychology at Contra Costa College of San Pablo, Saint Mary’s College of Moraga, and Argosy University of San Francisco within the Clinical Psychology Doctorate program. Dr. McKindley-Alvarez is the Director of Innovation and Integration at Felton Institute.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.   Do I or my organization need to be a grantee in a specific strategy area in order to participate? No, trainings are available to all OU grantees in any strategy area.

2.   Do I need to have been trained in MI? No, however, priority will be given to individuals and organizations that are already using MI or have MI as a core service strategy. The half day will cover core concepts, but is focused on skill development and application.

3.   Can I just attend the half-day training on November 15 without applying to the Learning Community? Yes.

4.   Can I send a whole team or group from my organization? Yes, you can register multiple people from your organization for the half day and course offerings.