Use It or Lose It! How to Get the Most Out of Your Motivational Interviewing Training

A recently published systematic review on training in Motivational Interviewing (MI) over the past ten years (Madson, Loignon, & Lane, 2008) concludes with the old adage “use it or lose it”. Would you agree?

One of the studies reviewed demonstrates that although communication skills were enhanced after training, the effect on actual clinical practice was minor. It seems that without some support and coaching after initial training, the benefits slowly disappear, and the skills become limited. Does this sound familiar to you?

Well, old sayings don’t stick around unless for some reason they still ring true. But, I digress, this blog is not about old sayings; it is just another way for us to keep you, our readers, informed about the latest Motivational Interviewing news.

This sounds like bad news, you might say; you go to a two-day training, invest your time and money, and then, two months later – you are back to your old repertoire of skills? Not necessarily! The fact is that MI Training Today is committed to providing the highest-quality Motivational Interviewing trainings, and making sure that there is continued support available to you after you complete your introductory level training.

At MI Training Today we take your investment and scientific research very seriously. We offer you a continuum of learning tools: 2-Day Intensives, Advanced Training Courses in 2011, Individual Coaching Services, In-House Agency Trainings, and a soon to be announced Refresher Webinar Series.

We hope this information on what is needed to learn Motivational Interviewing will empower you. And we are here to assist you; please do not hesitate to contact us regarding any training needs you may have.

My Best,
Katie Slack

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