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Motivational Interviewing in Schools

  • Friday, February 17, 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • UTI Lisle, 2611 Corporate West Drive Lisle, IL 60532 Room: TBA
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ISCA Workshop

Friday - February 17, 2017

Dr. Richard Rutschman

Motivational Interviewing in Schools

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All paid attendees will receive a copy of Richard Rutschman's book Motivational Interviewing in Schools: Conversations to Improve Behavior and Learning.

Workshop Description:

This interactive workshop seeks to increase the skills of counselors interested in helping students change by supporting clear integrated thinking about their future.  It is intended for both those who are new to Motivational Interviewing (MI) as well as practitioners who have learned some fundamentals of MI and are interested in further expanding their proficiency.  Participants will gain insight on the mindset-heartset required (Spirit of MI), practice the core skills (OARS) in engaging ways, get an overview of the four processes and learn some strategies to use and hints of things to avoid to help elicit “change-talk.”  To continue working toward counselor proficiency and explore ways to integrate and blend MI into school practices, the book MI for Schools, Conversations to Improve Behavior and Learning ( will be provided with a brief highlight of its content for possible next steps.

Presenter Bio:

For two and a half decades Richard has supported schools in innovative partnership programs as part of Northeastern Illinois University’s Center for College Access & Success (previously: Chicago Teachers’ Center) to improve outcomes.  He has administered programs focusing on dropout prevention, college post-secondary preparation, teambuilding/experiential learning, restorative discipline practices, and enhancing student motivation.  During this time he has facilitated professional development workshops, institutes and conference presentations in the U.S. and abroad in English & Spanish.  For the past ten years, his work with students has focused on enhancing motivation of vulnerable students by combining experiential education (adventure-based) and Motivational Interviewing.  He has found introducing and modeling the use of MI in schools exciting and just co-authored a book for schools on that topic. Prior experiences include being a school principal, the executive director of a Chicago multi-service youth organization, teaching high school Science and Spanish, mentoring, counseling and being a youth advocate for at-risk youth.  He obtained his doctorate from Northern Illinois University in Adult Education focusing on experiential learning.  He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.


Workshop Schedule:
8:00am - 8:30am         Check In/Registration
8:30am - 11:30           Workshop
11:30am - 12:30pm      Lunch (Provided by UTI) &                                 Tour of UTI
12:30pm - 2:30pm        Workshop
2:30pm - 3:00pm         Distribution of PD/CEs

Workshop Location:
UTI Lisle
2611 Corporate West Drive
Lisle, IL 60532 
Room: TBA

Cancellation Policy. Registrations, cancelled before seven days prior to the workshop, can be refunded minus a $20 administration fee. No refunds can be made seven days prior to the workshop. Workshops may be cancelled or rescheduled due to inadequate registration or other circumstances beyond our control. If ISCA cancels a workshop due to inadequate registration, you will receive a full refund. ISCA is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of substitution, alteration, or cancellation of an event. ISCA shall assume no liability whatsoever in the event that a workshop is cancelled, rescheduled or postponed due to fortuitous event, Act of God, unforeseen occurrences or any other event that renders performance of this conference impracticable, illegal or impossible. For purposes of this clause, a fortuitous event shall include, but not be limited to: war, fire, labor strike, extreme weather or other emergency. ISCA will make every effort to offer a substitution event in the case ISCA cancels because of a fortuitous event or Act of God.

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