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Social Worker and Professional Counselor Workshops

Advanced Motivational Interviewing (MI): Beyond Basic MI

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Time: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (Break for lunch from 12–1 p.m.)
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Presented by: Melinda Marasch, LCSW
Fee: $149, bundle with Motivational Interviewing Foundations for $399
CEH/CEUs: 0.6 CEUs/6.5 CEHs

While most direct care workers have been exposed to MI, lingering issues with participants continue; workers get frustrated and stuck on difficult issues: having the same conversation over and over again, facing active and passive resistance, etc. This workshop will provide a very brief overview of basic MI concepts of the MI Spirit, MI Process, and OARS; then will provide opportunity for attendants to define their own difficult participant scenario and address it with more advanced MI approaches. Topics will likely include resistance, discord, along with preparatory and mobilizing change talk.

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least one MI approach to soften sustain talk and/or resistance/discord for a defined participant scenario.
  • Describe at least three do’s and don’ts in work with a defined participant scenario.
  • Apply and practice MI approaches to a defined participant statement.
  • Feel more confident in working with a defined participant scenario.

Instructor Biography

Melinda Marasch was born and raised in Wisconsin, receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UW-Milwaukee. Marasch has dedicated almost 25 years to her passion in helping others. She recently moved back to Wisconsin from Colorado, where she has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and continues her career as a social work/mental health trainer and consultant. Marasch specializes in clinical training, supervision and development of programs for social workers and other direct care providers. She often helps non-therapist direct care staff to be efficient, effective and therapeutic in the work they do. She has worked in residential, school & outpatient care; within healthcare (e.g. HIV/AIDS medical case managers, patient navigators), public (e.g. department of human services case workers, child support enforcement workers), and community-based organizations. Marasch is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and has presented numerous trainings across the U.S. on therapeutic approaches such as Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, self-care, mental health issues, de-escalation and more.


Registration Deadlines: The registration deadline for each of the workshops is 10 business days before the program starts. After this date, please call the UW Oshkosh Division of Online and Continuing Education at (920) 424-1129 to determine program availability.

Questions and More Information: Questions concerning registration and program content should be directed to the Division of Online and Continuing Education, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Boulevard, Oshkosh, WI 54901-8623. Please call (920) 424-1129.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received 10 business days before the program will receive a full refund, minus a $35 processing charge. No refunds will be given for cancellations received less than 10 business days before the program. UW Oshkosh reserves the right to cancel any program due to insufficient enrollment, as well as the right to limit enrollment due to excessive demand. UW Oshkosh is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. If you need special assistance and/or accommodations, please notify us by the registration deadline. All requests will be kept confidential.


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