Motivational Interviewing for Youth Work: More than Just a Clinical Tool

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Motivational Interviewing (MI) has been used in clinical settings for over 25 years. In recent years, MI has been adapted to serve nonclinical settings as well. DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps has been training members and site partners to use MI to support young people in developing a stronger sense of self-efficacy in pursuit of learning goals. Members have successfully incorporated MI in a variety of settings, from drop-in centers and afterschool programs to academic classrooms and creative programming. The Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) invites you to this training that will provide practical information and hands-on skill-building activities for using MI in a variety of non-clinical settings and roles.

Attendance is capped at 80 participants for this training. Please note all three sessions are currently full. 

  • Session 1: Thursday, March 3 from 1 PM - 5 PM ET - Session Full
  • Session 2: Thursday, April 7 from 1 PM - 5 PM ET - Session Full
  • Session 3: Tuesday, May 17 from 1 PM - 5 PM ET - Session Full

Participants will:

  • Learn principles of MI and concrete skills to implement.
  • Have the opportunity to practice MI and gain familiarity with the basic techniques.
  • Understand how MI can be adapted for meaningful use in multiple contexts.


  • Matt Ashby, AmeriCorps Director, DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services
  • Kaydance Scotto, AmeriCorps Member Coordinator, DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services
  • Caroline Palmer, AmeriCorps Service Quality Specialist, DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].