In this 2-hour interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to the spirit, principles, and core skills of motivational interviewing. Through practice within both dyads and small groups participants will gain experience in the use of motivational interviewing to enhance the interpersonal relationship between practitioners and clients and an understanding of how this allows for client change to occur.
Jennifer Obenshain, MSW, LCSW, is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Boise State and the Program Coordinator of Boise State University’s fully online Master of Social Work Program. She joined BSU in 2015 to lead the program’s development and oversight. Jennifer has been a Clinical Social Worker in Boise for over 20 years having received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boise State University in 1996. Prior to joining BSU she was a medical social worker and a clinical educator at St. Luke’s for 16 years and also has additional training and experience in the field of bioethics. Jennifer presents locally, regionally and nationally on issues related to both clinical practice and ethics in social work and medicine. She is currently working towards her doctorate in social work with an emphasis in clinical practice and leadership at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and will graduate in spring of 2021.