Foundations 3: Using Motivational Interviewing Skills to Engage from Reluctant Family Members

PA Counseling Services: Thursday 11/1/18
Philhaven: Friday, 11/2/18
Colmar: Thursday, Thursday 11/15/18

This workshop focuses on the challenge of engaging peripheral family members in family treatment.  One of the core mechanisms of change in ESFT is ensuring that all key family members have been identified and are engaged and participating in the change process.   The EcoMap is described as a tool for identifying important missing family members.  Common reasons that a caregiver may be reluctant to participate in treatment are identified, along with strategies for addressing each of these challenges.  This workshop introduces Motivational Interviewing strategies that have proved highly effective in engaging people ambivalent or reluctant to participate in treatment. These skills include empathy, open questions, affirmations, reflective listening and summarizing.


As a result of participating in this workshop, therapists will be able to:

  1. Explain why it is important that all key family members participate
  2. Use an EcoMap to build an alliance an identify missing family members
  3. Identify common barriers to treatment for the peripheral caregiver
  4. Identify relational strategies for addressing barriers to engagement
  5. Describe and practice motivational interviewing strategies, such as open questions, affirmations and summarizing
  6. Assess personal strengths and challenges in conveying empathy