Module 8

Improving Staff-Student Interaction in Challenging Environments

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This module provides a foundation in Motivational Interviewing, or MI, concepts and an opportunity to put those concepts into practice through an in-person workshop. The foundation in MI will create an environment that allows youth to disclose information about their risk behaviors, improve their motivation to change, and to seek advice on how to do so. The goal of this practice is to increase effective communications with adolescents. This workshop is provided in partnership with Possibilities for Change, LLC.

Learning Objectives:

Part 1: Examine techniques to improve knowledge and skills of clinic and school staff to avert risky behaviors in adolescents.

Part 2: Examine ways in which staff-student interaction can enhance school climate.


Part 1

The training series of presentations will provide you with foundational information necessary for understanding and practicing the communication techniques during the in-person workshop. The training must be completed prior to the in-person workshop. The course may take up to 5 hours to complete, but is self-paced and does not have to be completed in one sitting. Please plan accordingly.

The training is available online through the Michigan Public Health Institute. If you are a new user, click on the “Create New User” button and create an account. Once you have logged in, you will be on the My Courses page. The Catalog ID for the course is MI-0001-2014 and the course title is “Motivational Interviewing – Risk Assessment”. You may access the course by clicking on the “Launch Course” button to the left of the Catalog ID. You will receive a certificate upon completion of the online course – bring this certificate to the in person training as proof of your completion of the course.

Should you experience any technical difficulties or other issues, you may send an email to: Technical help is only available M-F during normal business hours (EST).

5 CE/CME credits are awarded by MPHI for completion of the modules.

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Part 2

Details will be provided in the spring.