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Professional Counseling

“From Our Own” Presentation Series

An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Basic Principles and Practical Applications

Presented by
Matthew Tirrell, MS, LPC, NCC

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Program Description

This workshop will serve as an introduction to Motivational Interviewing (MI) for novice counselors and those unfamiliar with the practice of MI.  Attendees will be presented with fundamental information on Motivational Interviewing, an evidence-based clinical method for counseling clients with substance abuse and other mental health issues.  Theoretical foundations and their practical applications, primary principles, and clinical tools and techniques of Motivational Interviewing will be covered.  Populations and psychological disorders appropriate for the utilization of MI will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will gain introductory knowledge of the counseling style of Motivational Interviewing, including an understanding of the basic principles and spirit of Motivational Interviewing;
  2. Attendees will be able to identify and define the four fundamental processes of Motivational Interviewing;
  3. Attendees will be able to identify and define the core skills and primary tools of Motivational Interviewing.

About the Presenter

Matthew Tirrell, MS, LPC, NCC is a nationally certified counselor and licensed professional counselor in the state of New Jersey. He also serves as an administrator and adjunct professor in the Department of Professional Counseling at Monmouth University. Matthew’s clinical focus is on counseling people with co-occurring disorders through a multicultural lens, and his areas of teaching include counseling theories and drug and alcohol abuse. Matthew will begin his doctoral studies in Counseling at Montclair University in fall 2019. Matthew participated in a year-long training on the treatment of people with co-occurring disorders from a Motivational Interviewing lens, via Rutgers UBHC. Matthew provides supervision and facilitates the professional development of master’s level students through his roles in field placement and alumni affairs.