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AAADAC Fall Workshop on Motivational Interviewing

September 20, 2023

It was a wonderful late summer day at the beautiful Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas where I attended the Fall Workshop of the Arkansas Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (AAADAC).

My workshop was on Motivational Interviewing, which is a therapeutic intervention aimed at helping individuals make positive behavior changes, especially when using alcohol or other drugs. It is a technique where we put clients first and practice acceptance and compassion toward their ability to make decisions.

Our participants learned about the spirit of Motivational Interviewing and practiced the core skills- Open-ended questions, Affirmations, Reflective Listening, and Summaries (OARS) key to the success of Motivational Interviewing. It was an immensely gratifying experience and I look forward to our participants making a difference in the lives of the clients they touch!

If you or your organization are interested in organizing a workshop on Motivational Interviewing, please email us at

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