Motivational Interviewing

For more information on Motivational Interviewing and Training information please see Susan’s MI site.

Next Workshop:

Susan is now doing  2 day workshops in Motivational Interviewing in her office.  These workshops are small and designed for a boutique feel to maximize understanding MI and role playing to facilitate learning.  The next introductory workshop will  be in May 24-25, 2018.  See this link for details.

If you are interested email Susan or call her at 310-828-4476 for more information.

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a person-centered, guiding method of communication and counseling to elicit and strengthen motivation for change.

Susan offers 1 or 2 day workshops in Motivational Interviewing in the Los Angeles area for organizations and health-care agencies.  Workshops focus on:

  • The basics of MI and the fundamental “spirit” and principles
  •  The stages of change and motivational interviewing
  •  Client –Centered Counseling Skills
  •  Recognizing Change Talk
  •  Rolling with Sustain Talk and Resistance

The Primary Goals of Motivational Interviewing:

1.  Minimize Resistance with clients

2.  Create, and amplify from the client’s perspective a discrepancy between present behavior and behavior goals and values

3.  Explore and resolve ambivalence

4.  Elicit “change talk”

5.  Set in motion the client’s natural potential for behavior change

Call (310) 828-4476 for schedule and pricing or email Susan

Reflections on Susan’s MI Workshops:

“Susan is the “go-to” MI resource in Los Angeles and we’re all better for it. I needed local MI training to incorporate into a gang intervention program and was pleased to find that Susan offered this training. While attending the introductory class, I was thrilled with the depth of her knowledge and experience. She delivered the information with a warm and gentle spirt – something Susan would call the “MI spirit”. I was so pleased with the training, I was inspired to attend the intermediate and advanced workshops, all equally excellent. I was able to immediately incorporate the MI training into my psychotherapy practice, not just my work in gang intervention. This has been a powerful and effective tool that has provided value beyond expectations.”

Bryan Nichols, Ph.D.

This stuff is SO IMPORTANT. I’ve been in counseling for over 20 years and it changed my practice. Back to the important lost art of listening.

Christine Loeb, LMFT, RD

“Motivational Interviewing has allowed our home visitors to focus on the clients’ strengths and be more family focused. With Susan’s expertise, our staff is able to respond to clients’ needs and concerns with reflection, empathy and strength. Susan is a wonderful trainer, with a wealth of wisdom to bring to the room. She is naturally able to model Motivational Interviewing during trainings, which serves as such an integral part of the learning and collaboration process. “

Sharlene Gozalians, DrPH, MPH, CHES
 Los Angeles Best Babies
Senior Public Health Research Associate

“Motivational Interviewing is a powerful tool that benefits anyone in the helping field. It has helped me as a therapist to connect with clients in a way that empowers them and allows them to find the motivation to make changes in their lives. It’s amazing, when people are guided to identify the changes THEY want to make, how much more willing they are to embrace and follow through with them. I felt an immediate connection with Susan, and her passion for MI keeps drawing me back to learn more.”

Karen Gilmore, LCSW

“As a hospice chaplain, I entered into people’s lives at a vulnerable time. Motivational Interviewing helped me listen better for their hopes and fears. It helped me assist my patients connect with their inner strength, to clarify their values, and help them accept and plan for changes that would come.”

Rev. Robin Clardy, D.Min.

Susan Dopart’s Motivational Interviewing course has helped me connect with my patients and draw the necessary information while being empathic and supportive. I feel that I am now more able to compassionately direct my patients to follow through with their goals and plans for self-improvement. My PT/Feldenkrais education links very well with Motivational Interviewing and Susan’s expert skills on relaying and engaging us in this learning process is remarkable.”

Stacy Barrows, PT, GCFP,PMA®-CPT; CoDirector of Century City Physical Therapy

“Motivational Interviewing is a modality that has given me skills to help my clients and myself with resolving ambivalence around behavior change.  It is amazing to watch my clients tap into their own resources to improve their health outcomes and I no longer struggle with feelings of being responsible for their choices.  Susan is an excellent trainer and as a result I was able to immediately implement this training into my practice.”  

Carmina McGee, MS, RDN, LE

“Susan creates a space and curriculum that support all attendees in practicing how to BE with clients more effectively.  I left the day inspired by her clear and accessible teaching, and the incredible skill and daily contributions of the diverse group of professionals she’s attracted.  Such an uplifting experience.”

Heidi Neilson, MA, RYT
Founder/Training Director
Freedom in Motion Personal Training

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