Motivational Interviewing (MI)

October 19, 2018 Friday from 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)
Lafayette Library – Arts & Science Room 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. CA

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About Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Target Audience: Mental health providers who are supporting clients’ change process. This training can serve as an intro to MI and as a refresher.  

Using Motivational Interviewing can be very helpful with variety of issues where clients are ambivalent about change. MI reduces resistance and empowers clients to take steps for change. Even though MI evolved from experience in the treatment of substance related issues, the applications are endless, including increasing the treatment engagement and for lasting change. This 3-hrs workshop is designed to become familiar with the fundamental spirit and principles of MI and to decide level of interest in learning more. The participants will also learn two specific applications of MI, which are how to elicit change talk and how to respond to change talk to increase motivation for change. In addition to didactic training, videos, and handouts, participants will practice and experience using MI skills through experiential activities. 

Learning Objectives:    
Attendees at this presentation will be able to:
  • To be familiar with the fundamental spirit and principles of MI
  • To directly experience the MI approach and contrast it with others
  • To learn practical guidelines for two specific applications “in the spirit of MI”
Trainer Bio:
Nes Pinar, LMFT is a mental health therapist who supports individuals and families to overcome struggles of life transitions in her private practice in Lafayette and San Ramon. Prior to her private practice career, Nes provided years of direct counseling services at community mental health agencies in East Bay, supporting children, adolescents, and their families who are part of Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems. In addition to direct clinical services, Nes frequently facilitates Motivational Interviewing and Developmental Trauma trainings at various East Bay agencies. Nes is passionate about supporting people around cross-cultural issues, specifically related to relationships and parenting. Nes is the Program Director of BAPTI (Bay Area Psychotherapy Institute), has a counseling degree from California State University of East Bay and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is fluent in English and Turkish. For more information, please visit:

Space is limited, advanced registration is required. Have questions? Please contact Nes Pinar at (925) 405-6040 or send an email to

Refunds for cancellation with 72-hour notice.

* 3 CE credits will be provided to participants.
 BAPTI is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. BAPTI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  CPA Provider # BAY 012. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) now recognizes CPA continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs and MFTs.

To receive a CE credit you MUST sign and include your license number on both the Sign-In and Sign-Out Sheet. Participants must attend entire training to receive CE Credits. No partial credit will be provided.
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Lafayette Library – Arts & Science Room

Lafayette Library – Arts & Science Room 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafeyette CA USA 94549

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Bay Area Psychotherapy Training Institute

We at are a non-profit, public benefit corporation founded over 20 years ago to provide high quality therapy services to clients in local communities including Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Canyon, Concord and Walnut Creek.  BAPTI offers internships to qualified applicants who possess a master's degree or doctorate in Counseling Psychology or other appropriate major from an accredited university program.  BAPTI utilizes a private practice model that provides training and support for interns and guides them in developing, marketing and managing their own practices. BAPTI also offers a school-based program that supports interns in creating new alliances with schools and other agencies for specialized experiences. ​ We also support a group of independent licensed practice clinicians who realize the importance of establishing a professional community whose purpose is to support one another through continuing education, formal and informal consultations, and the sharing of our experiences in a variety of settings. We hold firmly that the private practice of therapy should not be an isolating experience and that clinical work is enhanced by frequent peer interactions.

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