How to Stop Talking and Start Communicating with Motivational Interviewing: A Behavior Therapist Guide on How to Effectively Collaborate with Caregivers



LEVEL: Intermediate

Continuing Education Eligibility (Included):

(BACB®) 2 Type II
(QABA®) 2 General (In-person)
APA: 2 General (Home Study)

We walk the walk, but do we talk the talk? As clinicians, do we speak with parents or to them? Is it effective in motivating them to adhere to interventions or do you find that sometimes they inhale and exhale at the sight/sound of parent training sessions?

Research shows that parents who receive parent training obtain better outcomes out of their children’s treatment, decrease their overall expenditures in therapy and become empowered to maintain these behavior changes over time. However, while parents are bringing their children to treatment (which is indicative of their desire to find help, unless of course, they are mandated by court), it is still a challenge to help parents follow through with interventions at home. Without addressing the etiology of parents’ non-adherence or lack of consistency in treatment, it is impossible to help them move past these barriers. It has been found that parent and clinician’s communication with one another supports whether parents will adhere to treatment. Surprisingly as clinicians in this field, we are not trained on how to effectively communicate with clients. Sure, we learn the theory; we practice and practice some more, and we even read and write about it. But is that enough?

A proposed solution for this is Motivational Interviewing which is an empirically proven intervention that has shown substantial success in the literature in changing addictive behaviors in substance users, medication adherence in patients, and training teachers and caregivers on behavior modification techniques for children with developmental disabilities. MI uses change talk strategies to increase cooperation and therefore decrease resistance.

This workshop will discuss private events as Skinner defined them and as they relate to MI strategies. An ABA conceptualization of motivation will be offered and an illustration using the “ABC” model, of how resistance is created and maintained due to clinician’s communication patterns. We will also present the proven strategies of MI to decrease resistance and foster a collaborative working alliance between parents and clinicians. The Transtheoretical model (stages of readiness) will be discussed as it relates to the momentary effects of motivating operations. We will use videos and audio of an MI session, clinical examples and live exercises to convey these main points. Active participation in this training is a MUST! As part of your participation you will automatically enter into a raffle where you may win a free Manual on how to use MI in ABA sessions.


Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Time:  3:00pm to 5:00 pm CENTRAL
Presenter: Dr. Monica Gilbert, Psy.D., BCBA-D, LMHC
Price: $79 (includes 30-day access to the recording of the LIVE event and CEUs)


Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

  1. Assess parent’s motivation based on the trans-theoretical model and using different proven measures
  2. Provide examples of effective change talk strategies to develop and build collaborative relationships with parents;
  3. Conceptualize motivation form an ABA perspective
  4. Identify traps that harm clinician-parental relationships;
  5. Describe key features of MI
  6. Measure change talk vs. counter-change talk
  7. Identify key features necessary for building a cooperative relationship between caregivers and clinicians

Each purchase corresponds to 1 user license/access. Only the user assigned to a subscription will be able to participate in the lives, receive the recorded version and obtain CEUs from the webinars.

Access to the recorded version is valid for 1 month.

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