Motivational Interviewing


The following MI trainings are offered annually:
Motivational Interviewing Booster Training:
This one-day “Booster Training” builds on the MI techniques learned at the CARES Academy. The objectives of the course include a review of the basic skills and identification of “change-talk”, assessment of “sticking points” and how to transition into change planning.
Motivational Interviewing Booster Training
September 26, 2019 8:30am to 4pm 
Cost: $40.00
Registration ends September 23, 2019 at 4pm.
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Motivational Interviewing Training for CARES:
From Boot Camp to Best Practice
The scope of this training series, facilitated by Alan Lyme, LISW, MINT, is to provide core, booster, and advanced trainings to all participants in order to provide the best and most cost-efficient method of moving towards competency in Motivational Interviewing. Towards that goal, coding of recorded work (or real-play) and individual feedback/coaching are integral components.
Successful completion of the initial three trainings and submission of work for coding, along with a quantifiable proficiency in MI will be necessary for participants to gain entry to the “Training New Trainer’s” workshops.
Motivational Interviewing In Groups for CARES:
Adapting MI to group interactions requires re-conceptualizing core practices to harness the power of group support, cohesion and momentum. 
This two-day training reviews the essential elements of MI, provides detailed information based on the Motivational Interviewing in Groups book and the process of adapting MI to groups across a variety of formats. It is highly experiential, leading participants through group practice exercises across the four phases of MI groups.  
  1. Develop a working knowledge of MI concepts and practices
  2. Understand the key issues in peer group facilitation
  3. Understand group practice of MI compared to individual practice
  4. Develop a greater knowledge of the range of MI groups design options
  5. Understand the four phases of MI groups
  6. Experience/observe MI groups in action
  7. Develop basic/advanced MI group leadership skills

“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 

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Alan Is Making A Lasting Impact

Alan 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.