Events

Stop Abuse Campaign - Partnering for Change Workshop

Please join us at the Salt Lake City Library, Room 4, from 2-5 pm on Saturday, May 20th. Admission is free! Using Motivational Interviewing to Facilitate Collaboration and Change - by David Christian, Ph.D. Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative conversation style for strengthening motivation and commitment to change. Activists and lobbyists face a significant challenge. They want to promote change but doing so requires collaboration on multiple levels. They must partner with other like-minded individuals, create organizations with clear goals and methods and collaborate with local, state, and sometimes national leaders and legislators to bring about the change they desire. However, at any of these levels, conflict or resistance can bring progress to a halt. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a set of collaborative tools primarily used by therapists with their clients, but it's principles have proven to be extremely effective in a variety of settings, including activism and lobbying. Anyone can use MI to partner effectively within their own group, across organizations, or with donors and legislators to bring about change. MI has 30 years of research and over 1200 published studies supporting its effectiveness across a wide variety of situations. This 3-hour workshop is designed to introduce MI to anyone interested in advocating for change. Participants will receive an overview of MI and then have the opportunity to practice MI skills. Our goal is for all participants to leave with usable collaborative skills and the ability to continue developing them. In order to make the most of this opportunity, please come prepared with a pen and paper and a specific change you would like to see. Identify the person who has the power to make this change and do a little bit of research on them, we'll teach you the rest. Dr. Christian is a licensed clinical psychologist that speaks to groups on topics of psychological interest and offers continuing education (CE) programs to professionals. Dr. Christian has a broad background in behavioral research and clinical psychology. He served as a professor, clinician and researcher at the University of Idaho for 6 years. Dr. Christian practices “know-do” principles with the clients he serves each week and provides training in these principles at national and international professional conferences, where audiences include financial counselors, educators, physicians, nurses, social workers, activists, psychologists, attorney and computer specialists. Sponsors: Utah Stop Abuse campaign Utah Women Unite Utahns Speak Out Utah Indivisible