Maryland School 
 Psychologists' Association

Putting Motivational Interviewing (MI) to Work in Schools

  • 15 May 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Webinar
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Spring Webinar 2020                 

Putting Motivational Interviewing (MI) to Work in Schools


Gerald Strait, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Licensed

Psychologist (Missouri & Texas), Licensed School Psychology Specialist, Nationally

Certified School Psychologist, published author, national speaker

Friday, May 15, 2020


Late Fee applied beginning May 05, 2020





Program Overview:

1) Housekeeping items related to the webinar format and how to receive CPD/CE credits, introduction of Dr. Strait

2) School-Based Motivational Interviewing: Using OARS to Evoke Change Talk

Program Description:

This 3-hour workshop on School-Based Motivational Interviewing (SBMI) is an evidence-based client-centered conversational style approach, useful in consultation with teachers and direct services with adolescents (Frey et al., 2013; Lee et al., 2014; Reinke et al., 2008; Strait et al., 2012). School mental health professionals can use SBMI to promote students’ academic performance and teachers’ use of evidence-based programs. In this workshop, attendees will learn and practice the core interpersonal skills (i.e., OARS) associated with SBMI. In addition, attendees will learn to use these skills to guide teachers, parents, and students through the four processes of MI: Engage, Focus, Evoke, and Plan. Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to form on-going MI practice groups with their peers. This workshop addresses NASP Practice Domains I (Consultation and Collaboration) and IV (Interventions and Mental Health Services).

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Learn and practice using Open Ended Questions, Affirmations, Reflections, and Summaries (OARS).
2. Learn how to help teachers, parents, and students clarify their core goals and values.
3. Practice focusing conversations on areas of change.
4. Learn and practice strategies to evoke change talk from teachers, parents, and students.


Gerald Strait, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Strait is a Licensed Psychologist (Missouri  & Texas), Licensed School Psychology Specialist, and a Nationally Credentialed School Psychologist. Prior to becoming an assistant professor, Dr. Strait worked as a school psychologist in Texas and Missouri schools where he provided consultation, assessment, and intervention services. He has published numerous articles and studies on School-Based Motivational Interviewing and he regularly conducts workshops, trainings, symposiums, mini-skills, and paper presentations on the topic.


Important Information: 

This webinar will be made available on May 15th.  On May 14th, registrants will be emailed the link to access the webinar.  

Documentation of attendance for 3 hours of Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Education (CPD/CE) credit will be provided to certified school psychologists and licensed psychologists who complete an evaluation form as well as a post-test with 75% accuracy.  Both of which will be emailed to registrants for completion. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and hence the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists recognize MSPA as an approved provider of CPD/CE for psychologists (NASP APS #1002). MSPA maintains responsibility for the program. 

The late fee goes into effect beginning May 5, 2020. There is an ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE of May 13, 2020 . Registration is limited and accepted on a first come, first served basis. Reimbursement requests for registration cancellations will be honored until May 1, 2020. Reimbursement requests after that date cannot be guaranteed

Vision: All students will thrive in school, at home, and throughout their lives.

Mission: MSPA promotes and advocates for best practices in school psychology to improve learning, behavior, and mental health for all students, families, and schools.

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