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Motivational Interviewing for Mental Health Providers

March 3, 2014

Motivational Interviewing is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. Compared with non-directive counseling, it is more focused and goal-directed. The examination and resolution of ambivalence is its central purpose, and the counselor is intentionally directive in pursuing this goal.

Who should attend:
Mental health providers, social workers, administrators from public and private agencies, community members and service providers

Featured Presenter:

Patricia Gieselman, MFT
Executive Director, Choices – A Counseling Center

(Patty) Patricia Gieselman operates Choices, a counseling center offering a continuum of services, including coaching, prevention, education and psychotherapy, as well as a full DBT treatment program in Sierra Madre, CA. Ms. Gieselman also provides training and program consultation in program development and implementation of EBT’s such as DBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI) in community-based programs. She served as Vice President of Clinical Services for Ettie Lee Youth & Family Services for over 14 years prior to moving to full-time private practice. Patty developed and provided oversight to their residential clinical treatment programs, including mental health and substance abuse service programs for behaviorally disturbed adolescent boys residing in group homes, and for foster care residents. Earlier in her career she was one of the founders of Transformations Family Services, a non-profit dedicated to treating women with substance use issues and their children. Ms. Gieselman obtained her BA and MS degrees in Psychology from California State University-Los Angeles and was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1990. During her career, she has worked in both public and private sectors and has developed mental health programs, substance abuse treatment and training programs for the general public and professionals.

Standard registration: $60 | CEs: $25

For More Information:
Please contact or 213.260.7633.


Times: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Registration begins at 8:30am.


CII’s Otis Booth Campus

2121 West Temple Street | Los Angeles, CA 90026


Registration cost includes continental breakfast and lunch.

CEUs are offered to MFT, LCSW, and BRN. Course meets the qualifications for 6.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Children’s Institute, Inc. provider #PCE 498. Children’s Institute, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Children’s Institute, Inc. provider #CEP8409 is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Children’s Institute, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Patricia Gieselman, MFT, Executive Director of Choices - A Counseling Center

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