Motivational Interviewing: A Strengths Based Practice For Youth Justice Professionals

This learning program is a collaborative, person-centered approach to strengthen drive and commitment to change. Strengths-based engagement strategies and motivational interviewing are an important part of effectively communicating with youth and families and supporting their continued progress toward applying solutions to challenges. These techniques help professionals express compassion, partnership and respect — even in challenging situations. During this program learners practice the spirit, principles and skills of Motivational Interviewing, and incorporating strengths-based engagement into their work with youth and families.

This course is equivalent to Motivational Interviewing: A Strengths-Based Practice. Learners should select the appropriate course according to their role. Before attending this instructor-led training, learners must complete an online pre-test and an eLearning course.


Who Should Attend?

Direct service staff working in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice.


Course Benefits

Learners will:

  • Learn to focus on youth and family strengths and resilience.
  • Better understand how to create strengths-based partnerships with youth and families through effective communication.
  • Strengthen their ability to partner with youth and families in working toward establishing and reaching their goals.


Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.


Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • An online pre-test.
  • A 30-minute, eLearning course.
  • A one-day, instructor-led workshop.
  • An online post-test.

Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion. A 30-minute eLearning module will be made available as a refresher for learners after course completion.


Continuing Education Units

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0402. This course is 6.5 contact hours/0.65 CEUs. CEU credit is contingent upon completion of all course components.


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