New CHOICES trainers trained in Denver, February 2013!

Our years of work providing CHOICES training during CDC’s dissemination efforts culminated in a Training of Trainers event hosted at Denver Public Health.  The training was an innovative model in which we trained 17 Trainers experienced with CHOICES to deliver further CHOICES training themselves during the first 2 days, then observed and coached the new trainers cadre as they delivery a CHOICES clinical training to 30 counselors.  This kind of hands-on experience is unbeatable, and for those of us who’ve been there from the beginning, this level of dissemination is very satisfying.  CDC will soon add all of the CHOICES trainers to their NCBDDD Choices dissemination website.


A Report on an Innovative MI Groups Training for a Transgender Study

My friends and colleagues at the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST) in NYC hosted me for a 4 day training in Leading Groups and Best Practices for MI Groups.  The trainees were 5 amazing trans women who will be serving as Peer Health Navigators to help stigmatized women overcome oppression and bias while coping with stressors.  The intervention features 2 individual MI sessions as a run-in to a series of 4 group sessions, with a final MI individual session to wrap things up.  The training was a new model that builds on what Chris Wagner and I have been doing and included more hands-on practice with group leadership skills, followed by practice of MI-specific group skills.  It went exceptionally well due to the trainees’ generous participation, and to their excellent preparation from their local trainers.   I learned so much and am thrilled that they found it useful.  The intervention has a great structure but also has room to personalize it to the needs of the women.  The Peer Health Navigators have ample professional and life experiences that will suit them well as they guide other women.   I was very lucky to be a part of this “family” for nearly a week, and I plan to stay involved with this innovative and worthwhile project.

New article: MI in Substance Use Disorders

I’m excited to announce that UpToDate, a popular resource for clinicians to use at the point of care to give their patients evidence-based treatment, has published my article, Motivational Interviewing in Substance Use Disorders.  It provides 4 extended conversational vignettes to explain each of the 4 processes of MI.  Thanks to Dr. Bill Miller for recommending me to the editors at UpToDate to write this article!

CHOICES Training in Denver Feb. 28-March 1, 2013

Denver Health will be hosting a novel event, the very first training of CHOICES trainers, on Feb. 25-27, followed by a 2 day CHOICES training, on Feb 28-March 1, 2013.   Linda Sobell, Mary Velasquez and I will be the trainers for the TOT.  Participants in the TOT will be handpicked from among  FASD and CHOICES intervention experts.  They will then become CHOICES trainers who can help us extend the reach of this important program across the nation!   Stay tuned for more details coming soon.