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Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Presented by

Dean Bender, LMFT and Charlotte Parks, LMFT

February 8, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon

General Description:
Do you have clients who can’t get going to make the changes they desire in life? Do you have clients who focus on blaming others and cannot accept responsibility? Or they get stuck quickly? Do they resist help and support? Motivation is clearly the issue and Motivational Interviewing has become the leading approach to address this issue.

Educational Goals:
Participants will learn the theory and basics of Motivational Interviewing, why it works, and specific skills they can use immediately in their next session.

Measurable Objectives:
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the four core skills of Motivational Interviewing (OARS)
  2. Demonstrate the three parts of change talk and how to recognize and increase such talk effectively.

Instructor Information:
Dean Bender, LMFT, has had a private practice for seven years in Rocklin, CA, working with teens and adults. He treats mood disorders, marriages, relationships, and tea ches social skills. In 2016, he added trauma to his protocol. He has conducted workshops for professionals on personality assessments, couple’s therapy, and CBT and has taught 30 college courses. He has served in two small psychotherapy professional organizations as a member of the board of directors, secretary, treasurer, and is currently the president of Sierra Foothills Chapter of CAMFT. He earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 2020 and worked for 11 years at LDS Family Services as a part-time therapist. He has a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and is a retired Certified Public Accountant.

Charlotte Parks, LMFT, is currently the Program Manager for Discovery Mood, in Granite Bay, CA. She has a private practice, with extensive training in CBT, DBT, movement therapy, expressive arts therapy, and is a certified trauma specialist. She has been working in the mental health field with children, adolescents, adults and families for over 20 years. She received a master’s degree in movement therapy from CSUS and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the School of Professional Psychology. She has worked in a variety of settings, including: Kaiser Permanente inpatient; Serendipity Diagnostic and Treatment Center; a non-public school setting for eleven years; Catholic Healthcare West in Carmichael Children’s Center; Program Manager, outpatient Heritage Oaks Hospital in Roseville. She is currently Past President of the Sierra Foothills Chapter of CAMFT.

Level: Introductory for licensed and pre-licensed as well as graduate students and trainees.

CEUs: This presentation will award 2 CEUs or 2 Attendance hours


Member of any CAMFT Chapter
Licensed:   $25
Pre-licensed:    $15

Not a member of any CAMFT Chapter
Licensed:   $35
Pre-licensed:    $25

Refund Policy:
Early registration closes on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 6 p.m. Refunds may be provided prior to the close of registration, minus a $5 refund fee. No refunds are available after the close of registration. No partial credit is given for arriving late or leaving early.

Award of Course Completion Certificates:
Attendees will receive a Certificate for 2 CEUs or a Certificate of 2 Attendance Hours at the end of the course and upon completion of a course evaluation.

DIRECTIONS: (Using your GPS or Mapquest may cause problems)

Canyon View Community Center
471 Maidu Drive
Auburn, CA 95603

Going East on I80 from Roseville, Rocklin, etc., take the Grass Valley Highway exit. Turn right at the light, which is Highway 49 South. Go to Lincoln Way and take a right. Go to next stoplight, which is Auburn-Folsom Road, and take a left. Continue through several stoplights (approximately 1.5 miles).


Going West on I 80 from Colfax, etc., take the Elm Avenue exit. Get into the left turn lane immediately and turn onto Elm Avenue. Continue on Elm Avenue and turn left onto Grass Valley Highway. Continue on Grass Valley Highway to Lincoln Way and take a right. Go to next stoplight, which is Auburn-Folsom Road and take a left. Continue through several stoplights (approximately 1.5 miles). ****SEE BELOW FOR MORE DIRECTIONS

Going South on Highway 49 from Nevada City, Grass Valley, etc., take a right at Lincoln Way. Go to next stoplight, which is Auburn-Folsom Road, and take a left. Continue through several stoplights (approximately 1.5 miles). ****SEE BELOW FOR MORE DIRECTIONS

****Turn left onto Maidu Drive. Continue on Maidu Drive through several stop signs for about 1.2 miles, at which point Maidu Drive curves sharply to the left. (If you reach a green gate, you've gone too far.) There is no sign on this part of the road, is rough with some potholes, and goes uphill. Continue for about 0.2 miles. Canyon View Community Center is on the right and is a light yellow/tannish building with green trim. There will be the Sierra Foothills CAMFT poster on the door.

Sierra Foothills CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, and LEP as well as non-licensed AMFT, ASW, APCC, graduate students and trainees.

This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, and LEP. This course also meets the qualifications for 2 hours of attendance credit for AMFT, ASW, APCC, graduate students and trainees as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Accommodation for disability and for addressing grievances, please contact Dianne Murden at diannemurde@yahoo.com or call/text 530 305 2066. Also, please let her know if there is a problem during the workshop.

All members are welcome to join any Board of Directors meeting. The next meeting is at the training site the day of the workshop from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Please let use know if you plan to attend by emailing Dianne Murden at diannemurde@yahoo.com

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