New Webinar!

Motivational Interviewing in the Streets: Practical and Authentic Application of Motivational Interviewing Techniques

Tuesday, February 06, 2024 • 10:00a.m.–11:30a.m. PT


This engaging and insightful webinar, presented by two experts in the field, delves into the practical application of motivational interviewing outside traditional settings. Our focus is on bringing this powerful tool to the streets and into diverse communities, offering a bridge to meaningful connections with individuals who might not yet have access to office-based support. The session unfolds the history and core principles of motivational interviewing, illuminating its significance in various settings.

Key Highlights:

  • Understanding Motivational Interviewing: A comprehensive overview of its historical context and foundational concepts.
  • Authentic Skills: Strategies for effectively applying motivational interviewing in non-traditional settings like community centers, streets, and group gatherings.
  • Building Bridges: Techniques for establishing authentic and impactful connections with individuals in various community contexts.
  • Real-World Scenarios: Interactive discussions and demonstrations on the application of these skills in real-life situations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Grasp the Basics: Understand the fundamental principles and historical development of motivational interviewing.
  • Adaptability in Application: Learn to adapt motivational interviewing techniques for use in diverse settings, particularly in community and street-based contexts.
  • Effective Engagement: Gain insights into connecting meaningfully with individuals outside of conventional office environments, focusing on empathy and understanding.
  • Practical Skills: Develop practical skills for the authentic application of motivational interviewing, enhancing participant engagement and response.
  • Scenario Analysis: Analyze and discuss real-life scenarios to understand the challenges and opportunities of applying motivational interviewing in various environments.

This session is ideal for professionals looking to extend their impact through motivational interviewing and for anyone interested in community engagement and support.


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Meet the Speakers:

Steven Samara, MPA

In 2020, Steven Samra initiated medication-assisted treatment. Along with concurrent exposure to and immersion in recovery principles and activities, Mr. Samra enjoys full recovery from homelessness, trauma, substance/opioid use, criminal justice involvement, and mental health challenges. He served as the deputy director on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Bringing Recovery Support to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy project for nine years and is currently a senior recovery team member for the Opioid Response Network, where he promotes recovery and assists others with their own recovery journeys. He provides training and technical assistance focused on Medication Assisted Recovery, recovery housing, capacity building for peer-run and recovery community organizations, stigma and harm reduction, trauma informed care, peer leadership, and outreach and engagement with people experiencing homelessness.

Ashley Stewart, PHD, MSSW, LSW

Ashley is the Director of Health Equity and Racial Equity Subject Matter Expert at C4 Innovations. She received her PhD from The Ohio State University, College of Social Work, and her master's degree from Columbia University. She is an Assistant Professor at Temple University, College of Public Health, School of Social Work, where she trains interdisciplinary students about social justice theories and frameworks and translational skills for anti-oppressive practice. Ashley's work centers on addressing institutionalized forms of identity-based oppression. She works in solidarity with mental and behavioral health providers. She supports institutions, corporations, organizations, and leadership teams to identify ways to reduce harm and determine appropriate steps toward sustainable culture change.

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