Instructor: Angela Rolleman, MSW, RSW
Location: The Festival Inn, 1144 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON
Early Bird Cost: $250 +HST (=$282.50) by May 22, 2016

Regular Cost: $270 +HST (=$305.10) after May 22, 2016
Includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments on Day 1 and

morning refreshments on Day 2.


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Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

June 23-24, 2016                 1.5 Day Workshop
9:00am-4:00pm on June 23 and 9:00am-12:00pm on June 24

About the Presenter

Angela Rolleman is a registered social worker, speaker and trainer with additional training and expertise in addiction counseling.  She has sixteen years of experience working in social service settings including child welfare, employment counselling, crisis counselling, health care, and addiction counselling.  Angela regularly conducts training sessions for fellow helping professionals and she teaches Motivational Interviewing and Positive Psychology for the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Social Work Pofessional Development Program. She is also on staff at the Family Health Team in Woodstock. 

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A block of rooms has been set aside for this event at The Festival Inn, up until May 22, 2016. For reservations, call 1-800-463-3581 or 519-273-1150 and quote "Mission Empowerment Block". Rooms start at $129 plus applicable taxes. For other accommodation options, visit

Members of the OCSWSSW may qualify for reimbursement of workshop fees.  For more information please visit: 

Workshop Description

Motivational Interviewing (MI), developed by clinical psychologists William Miller and Stephen Rollnick, is a directive, client-centered approach used to strengthen clients’ motivation for positive behaviour change by exploring and resolving feelings of ambivalence. Research has shown that the MI approach, first developed for work with problem drinkers, is effective in activating positive behaviour change for a wide range of concerns including substance abuse, mental health problems, unhealthy relationships, diabetes management, smoking cessation, weight loss, unemployment and health care improvement. This 1½ day interactive workshop will introduce participants to the fundamental principles and techniques of motivational interviewing.  Participants will also have an opportunity for hands-on practice and skill-building.

​Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the basic concepts of motivational interviewing, including its spirit and essential strategies
  • Describe the Stages of Change model and explain the relationship between motivational interventions and stages of change
  •  Assess clients’ readiness for change
  • Implement motivational interviewing strategies to explore and resolve clients' feelings of ambivalence or resistance to change
  • Identify and facilitate "change talk" in clients
  • Strengthen empathic counselling skills (described by the OARS acronym)

Cancellation Policy

An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations.  Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another person without prior notice.  The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to under-enrollment, instructor illness or inclement weather.  If a workshop is cancelled, any payment will be returned in full.