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  • Motivational Interviewing in Schools: Strategies for Engaging Parents and Teachers

  • Conference Location

    Bradley Hospital
    Pine Room
    1011 Veterans Memorial Parkway
    Riverside, RI 02915

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    Limited seating! Register early to ensure availability.  


    Thursday, March 27, 2014
    4 - 6:00 p.m.

    Motivational interviewing (MI) is a brief evidence-based technique for facilitating behavior change, including initiating services and complying with recommendations. Recent applications with families and in schools demonstrate the power of MI techniques for promoting teacher and family motivation to engage in educational services and supports. This training offers school psychologists, counselors, teachers and other school-based professionals strategies to promote engagement in and improve the effectiveness of school-based supports and services. In this introductory training, participants will learn to use basic MI techniques for a range of school-based applications. Participants also will gain an understanding of two specific applications of MI for schools, the family check-up and the classroom check up.

    The workshop will include case examples, video examples, modeling, and role-plays to achieve learning outcomes.


    Stephanie Shepard Umaschi, PhD

    • Psychologist, Department of Behavioral Education, Bradley Hospital Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research Center
    • Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

    Learning Objectives

    At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

    • Discuss the basic tenets of motivational interviewing and learn about recently developed applications for use in school settings
    • Practice and develop competency in the use of basic motivational interviewing skills
    • Describe the family check-up and classroom check–up approaches, as well as of the research supporting these approaches


    • Target audience: Psychologists, physicians, social workers and other interested health care professionals
    • Instructional Level: Intermediate
    • 2 CE Hours/Credits (see below)
    • Beverages and light snacks will be offered


    • Program fee: $29.00
    • Online registration closes on Tuesday, March 25.
    • Register Online  
    • Phone registration: Please call the department of behavioral education at 401-432-1106.
    • For refund/cancellation information please email or call Anthony DaSilva at 401-432-1106

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Rhode Island Medical Society through the joint sponsorship of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Rhode Island Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rhode Island Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CEUs for this event have been submitted, pending approval by the National Board for Social Work (NASW), designating this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 continuing education credits for certified counselors, marriage and family therapists. This continuing nursing education activity is pending approval for 2.0 contact hours through the Rhode Island State Nurses Association (RISNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s commission on accreditation. To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital CME office at 401-444-4260.