It’s Back - Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Now in April & July!

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The Pacific Southwest MHTTC is pleased to provide the second year of learning on Motivational Interviewing.  We will hold two sessions: the first, in April, is for all mental health professionals and the second, in July, is for the school mental health workforce.

As we learned last year, Motivational interviewing (MI) provides us with a way to have conversations about change. This spring and summer, MI (and Dr. Dempsey!) is back to offer a two, two-part workshop series! Our first offering is an advanced level of MI training, and is open to all mental health or school mental health professionals including counselors, psychologists, therapists, peer supporters, MDs, nurses, and other allied health professionals and focuses on the spirit of MI, and using MI for youth and young adults. The second series in July is designed for school mental health professionals and will cover the basics of how to apply MI to both typical and challenging school mental health clinical situations. 

Register for one, some, or all of the sessions. Just click through using the links below!



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Dr. Kristin Dempsey, EdD is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and professional clinical counselor (LPCC). She has provided psychotherapy in the Bay Area for almost 25 years in public non-profits and county mental health settings, schools, and medical clinics. Her current psychotherapy practice is located in San Francisco and Burlingame.

Dr. Dempsey's areas of clinical interest include treatments for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, complex trauma in childhood and adolescence, eating disorders, panic/anxiety, and behavioral challenges such as anger management and impulse control disorders. She has worked with adults, senior adults, transition age youth, adolescents, and children in individual, family, and group modalities.

In addition to clinical work, Dr. Dempsey trains community behavioral health providers in a number of evidence based and promising practices. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and has experience teaching and training cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive behavior therapy for psychosis (CBTp), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She is a master trainer for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST), and has been trained in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) to assess trauma impacts in youth and adults. Dr. Dempsey also provides additional programmatic consultation regarding behavioral health system redesign and implementation of evidence-based practices.

Dr. Dempsey is engaged in behavioral health workforce development research and organizational change projects. She is especially interested in investigating and promoting best practices to recruit and retain underrepresented clinicians in the mental health and substance abuse treatment fields.