HeartStream Education trains Correctional Program Staff to use Motivational Interviewing techniques to
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centered, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation by exploring and resolving ambivalence.*
- Break through common patterns of resistance
- Amplify and utilize prisoners' ambivalence so they develop personal intrinsic motivation for change.
- Enlist prisoners as advocates for their own change.
In its "Evidence-Based Policy and Practice" Initiative, the National Institute of Corrections includes MI among its eight principles of effective interventions to reduce risk:
Principle 2. "Enhance Intrinsic Motivation - Research strongly suggests that "Motivational Interviewing" techniques, rather than persuasion tactics, effectively enhance motivation for initiating and maintaining behavior changes."
So far, MI has been applied in U.S. correctional systems, primarily in probation and parole. HeartStream has made as its focus the introduction of MI within prison institutions. We believe that this methodology can be successfully utilized while a person is still incarcerated, rather than waiting for release, building momentum for change throughout the period of incarceration. We offer a two part MI training, with each part lasting three days.
Part I Motivation Interviewing Training for Corrections Staff
How one understands motivation with prisoners will directly effect what one does (or doesn't do) to increase it. Join this workshop for an in-depth look at the questions, "Why do people change?" "How do people change?" What is motivation and how can corrections staff raise motivation with prisoners? This three-day institute is a skill-based training that focuses on skill-building ("how to's") for corrections/treatment staff working with incarcerated men or women. Seven (7) modules will be presented over the three days, utilizing multimedia presentations, interactive lecture and facilitated small and large group exercises. A mixture of small group discussions, actual videos of MI in use with clients, case scenarios and full room exercises keep the training pace lively and engaging. Stop the arguing-learn how to bypass resistance to start prisoners moving toward healthy outcomes.
Learn more about MI Training, Part I
Part II Motivation Interviewing Training for Corrections Staff
Join this advanced training to take the next steps: increasing change talk and moving to commitment. This session will take you beyond your new skills for increasing connections-offering focused training on building a prisoner's level of importance for positive behavior change and ensure they have the necessary confidence to see the change(s) through. The greatest number of prisoners have both arguments within them, a side that wants to be rid of the problem (pro change), and a side that doesn't believe change is possible or beneficial (stay the same). Participants will learn how to successfully negotiate prisoner ambivalence. Learn "key questions" that will turn the work from increasing the readiness for change to gaining the commitment to start actual "first steps." Examine actual report video's that demonstrate the "do's and don't's" for bypassing resistance and increasing change talk-even in brief interactions.
Learn more about MI Training, Part II
*Miller, William R. & Rollnick, Stephen. (2nd edition) Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People For Change. New York: Guildford Press (2002).
Related Article: Comparison of the Changes Program with Therapeutic Community and Motivational Interviewing Methodologies (pdf)