Motivational Interviewing

“Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, goal oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.”

Motivational Interviewing: Helping people change. William Miller and Stephen Rollnick – 3rd Ed, 2013 The goal of the one-day Motivational Interviewing training for CARES is to introduce participants to a communication style and spirit that will enhance their potential as helpers towards change. Trainees are encouraged to actively engage with the material and complete various exercises designed to strengthen awareness and hone skills. The compassion and overarching desire to help that seem inherent in the CARES community are a natural fit for the successful practice of this style. Alan Lyme is the trainer for the Motivational Interviewing for CARES.


motivationguyAlan Lyme, LISW, ICADC, ICCS, brings respected and innovative clinical and program management skills as the Director of Training for the Phoenix Center’s Center of Excellence in Greenville, South Carolina. Alan is concurrently the Clinical Supervisor and Motivational Interviewing trainer and coach for the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) grant program in South Carolina, following five years of a similar position in Georgia. As a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) Alan has provided trainings nationally on Motivational Interviewing, as well as Clinical Supervision, and Skills on Working with Men. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University in 1998 and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Barry University in 1999. Alan is a MINT trained Motivational Interviewing trainer, an Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor, and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Alan has been honored to be the MI trainer for every CARES cohort to date.