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🎧 Saturday Workshop Series: An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

  • Sat, September 25, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Online via Zoom


  • Members of RECAMFT, SFCAMFT, and EBCAMFT are invited to join this MCAMFT event at a reduced rate
  • Available to Student and Registered Associate members of Marin CAMFT. (Note: No refunds, as our processing fee is the same amount as the event fee.)
  • Available to pre-licensed trainees and associates who are not members of Marin CAMFT.

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Workshop Description:

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centered, collaborative, and goal-oriented style of communication and counseling for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change. MI is an evidence-based method and a valuable skill to have in a therapist’s toolkit. This interactive introductory workshop will introduce the key principles, style, and spirit of MI. 

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe the fundamental style, principles, and the spirit of MI.
  2. Identify the 4 fundamental processes of MI.
  3. Identify 2 styles of communicating to determine the one that evokes collaboration between therapist and client.
  4. Identify the 5 components of the acronym OARS +I and apply “R” with challenging client statements.


Suzanne D. Alfandari, MS, LMFT, an Suzanne D. Alfandari, MS, LMFTexperienced and passionate Motivational Interviewing (MI) trainer, is a member of MINT (the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) and is a MINT Certified Trainer.

Suzanne is a Motivational Interviewing Trainer at UC-Davis Extension, and the Bay Area Academy with California State University in Fresno. She also provides training to all categories of mental health practitioners, nurses, doctors, teachers, and administrative staff, in behavioral health agencies, county agencies, and schools, where there are opportunities for the community to benefit from Motivational Interviewing skills. She offers follow-up individual and group MI consultations.

Suzanne spent over 15 years working with Marin County Mental Health as a therapist, serving youth and families and provided Motivational Interviewing training for psychology interns.

Suzanne holds a MS in Counseling Psychology Specialization: Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Dominican University in San Rafael, and a BS from the State University of New York College at Oneonta, New York.

Attendance at the live event and completion of the evaluation qualifies for 4 hours of Continuing Education Units (4 CEUs).

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be audio recorded. By registering for this event you are consenting to a recording being made which may include your voice. This recording will be posted on the Marin CAMFT website's events library, and available to members for review and downloading.

Upon registering you will receive a Zoom link and password.

  • Date: Saturday, September 25
  • Time: 9:00 am to 1:30 pm Pacific
  • Location:  Online via Zoom. Password and link sent upon registration.

Additional Information

For more information about the Saturday Workshop Series or about joining the Committee, please contact CE Director Pat Saunders.

  • Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for continuing education units for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. The number of CEUs awarded is specified in the event description. These CEUs will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CAMFT Provider # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. We regret that at this time we are not able to provide CE units for Licensed Psychologists. Participants must attend the full session and complete the evaluation at the end to receive CE completion certificate. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Contact Pat SaundersCE Director, for more information.

  • Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice. Course completion certificates will be available to those who attend the real-time presentation, and are provided at the conclusion of the training and upon submission of the participant's completed evaluation. 

  • Refund Policy: Refunds are available up to 7 days in advance event, subject to a $20 administrative fee. Please email the CE Director with any questions.

  • Request for Accommodations: If you need accommodations for this event, please contact the CE Director.

  • Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the CE Director.

  • Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, creed, national origin, citizenship status, religion, age, ability, or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

Audio recordings of the event and any handouts will be made available to all registrants after the presentation and receipt of the course evaluation.

CEUs are available for live attendance only. You must complete the evaluation at the end in order to receive a completion certificate.  

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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