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UB Graduate Academic Schedule: Fall 2018

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    SW 554LEC - Motivational Interviewing
    Motivational Interviewing ON Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
    Class #:   22611   Enrollment Capacity:   30
    Section:   ON   Enrollment Total:   6
    Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   24
    Dates:   08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018   Status:   OPEN
    Days, Time:   TBA , TBA
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    Location:   Virtual      
    This is a hybrid course which meets both synchronously (live online) for 10 of the weeks and asynchronously (not live) for the remainder of the Fall 2018 term. We will meet online on Thursday night from 6 pm to 8:30 pm EST. You must be able to attend the live online sessions to complete this course.
      Course Description
    This course is organized primarily as a seminar that will highlight Motivational Interviewing approaches to help clients build commitment and reach a decision to change behavior. This course provides a forum for case presentation and discussion with an emphasis on discussing cases from student?s field placements and/or practice settings. Theories of behavioral change will be discussed, and the transtheoretical model (TTM) of intentional behavior change will be highlighted as an integrative framework for understanding the process of behavior change. The theoretical basis of Motivational Interviewing lies in the construct of "ambivalence" and the conflict between indulgence and restraint that is so prevalent in the addictive behaviors. Failure to change behaviors causing problems is a phenomenon that extends well beyond the addictions, however, and the immobilizing effects of ambivalence can be seen in many social work practice spheres. Applications of motivational interviewing have been extended to behavioral change in general, including social work, mental health, health promotion, general medical care, corrections, and community and organizational settings. In addition, the course will discuss MI's application to practice with "mandated" clients. While the course will reflect topics related to students who are working with clients with alcohol and other drug problems in their field and/or practice settings, it is also open to students who would like to learn and practice the Motivational Interviewing approach. In direct contrast to lecture formats, seminars can be a good means of changing perceptions, developing problem-solving skills, and challenging opinions.
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