Guidance for New Motivational Interviewing Trainers When Training Addiction Professionals

Julie A. Schumacher, Scott F. Coffey, Kimberly S. Walitzer, Randy S. Burke, Daniel C. Williams, Grayson Norquist, T. David Elkin


Evidence-based practices, such as motivational interviewing (MI), are not widely used in community alcohol and drug treatment settings. Successfully broadening the dissemination of MI will require numerous trainers and supervisors who are equipped to manage common barriers  to technology transfer. The aims of the our survey of 36 MI trainers were: 1) to gather opinions about the optimal format, duration, and content for beginning level addiction-focused MI training conducted by novice trainers and 2) to identify the challenges most likely to be encountered during provision of beginninglevel MI training and supervision, as well as the most highly recommended strategies for managing those challenges in addiction treatment sites. It is hoped that the findings of this survey will help beginning trainers equip themselves for successful training experiences


motivational interviewing, workshop training, clinical supervision

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