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Motivational Interviewing Techniques
for Parents

"How do I motivate my child to change?”

Learn how to apply Motivational Interviewing Skills to Parenting!


We hear this question often when parents work with us to learn how to impact their child’s substance misuse. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based practice used worldwide to help an individual find their own motivation to change. Learn how MI works and gain introductory skills to begin to apply the tools in your own relationships.

Workshop: Wednesday, October 25, 6-8:30 pm

$35/person / $60/couple - proceeds benefit

What You'll Learn:

  • How MI can help your children make positive changes in their lives - especially with substance abuse or behavioral addiction patterns


  • How MI uses respect, collaboration and strengthening of your child’s autonomy and intrinsic motivation to change


  • Understand resistance to change and how to help your child explore their ambivalence


  • How you can use techniques to move your child out of ambivalence and towards positive change


  • How to set clear, firm boundaries while keeping the relationship supportive

Presented by: Avani Dilger

Avani is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Addiction Counselor, a Somatic Psychotherapist, Acupuncture

Detoxification Specialist, and a Motivational Interviewing Trainer (MINT), who specializes in substance abuse prevention and treatment with adults, teens and their families.


She is the founder and director of the “Natural Highs – Healthy Alternatives to Drugs & Alcohol” nonprofit program, an innovative, grassroots substance abuse prevention and intervention program that empowers teens and adults to become leaders around healthier lifestyles and positive peer culture.


In addition to teaching the Natural Highs program in high schools in Boulder and at Naropa University, Avani works as a psychotherapist with teens, families and adults with issues around substance abuse, addiction and trauma using cutting-edge approaches such as Somatic Psychotherapy, Brainspotting and Systemic Constellation work.


She is a member of the Motivation Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and trains MI for criminal justice, mental health and substance abuse professionals.

Hosted by:

Laura Bressler & Trina Faatz

Founders of Reach Out for Change & CRAFT Facilitators

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