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

CE Hours: 6.0

Friday, 11/6/20, Philhaven via Zoom
Thursday, 11/19/20, Norristown via Zoom

This workshop focuses on the challenge of engaging peripheral and reluctant 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. Common reasons that a family member may be reluctant to participate in treatment are identified, along with Motivational Interviewing strategies for addressing these challenges.  Resistance is described in terms of the Stages of Change and the relationship between the family member and the therapist. Motivational Interviewing techniques such as Rolling with Resistance, Developing Discrepancies and Increasing Self-Efficacy are defined, discussed and then role played for skill development.  One way that reluctant family members can be identified is through the development of the family ecomap. The components of the eco-map assessment tool and intervention, is described. Therapists practice conducting an eco-map interview and using Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills through role play.


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

  1. Describe treatment resistance through a relationship lens
  2. Identify specific client dilemmas on current caseload that impacts treatment engagement
  3. Identify MI strategies for increasing family member engagement  
  4. Describe the Stages of Change 
  5. Demonstrate MI strategies (e.g. rolling with resistance, developing discrepancies, and increasing self-efficacy) through role play 
  6. Identify three focus areas in an ecomap interview that can be used to facilitate involving peripheral family members in treatment

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