TA Coalition Webinar: Applying Motivational Interviewing Principles with People with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) during Crisis Situations.

A SAMHSA sponsored webinar developed under contract by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and presented by the National Council for Behavioral Health, will take place Monday, August 12, 2019 at 3:00pm Eastern Time called Applying Motivational Interviewing Principles with People with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) during Crisis Situations.


Please register here: https://nasmhpd.adobeconnect.com/crisissituations_reg/event/event_info.h...


Description:  Crisis situations can exacerbate and compound one’s experience of trauma. Working with people with SMI in community practice requires a special skill set and when treatment professionals consider that many clients also have a high number of adverse experiences prior to receiving services, the challenge multiplies. As treatment professionals work diligently to maintain positive and productive relationships with clients it is essential to start with a foundation of person-centered communication. Targeted crisis planning for people with SMI is a tool that complements other suicide prevention efforts, especially during crisis situations. In this webinar, the presenters will identify the Motivational Interviewing strategies most applicable to working with people with SMI, especially during escalated and crisis situations. The webinar will draw from example scenarios as the presenters overlay Dr. Bruce Perry’s arousal continuum with the spirit and process of Motivational Interviewing.



•Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT, Director, Trauma-Informed Services. 

•Pam Pietruszewski, Integrated Health Consultant with the National Council for Behavioral Health with specialties in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).


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NOTE: Some participants have experienced difficulties using Chrome, if you experience this, please try using Internet Explorer. 


If you have any questions please contact Kelle Masten via email at kelle.masten@nasmhpd.org or at 703-682-5187.


**We do not offer CEU credits however letters of attendance are offered upon request.  

***Closed-captioning is available for this webinar.