Youth Worker Fundamentals: Motivational Interviewing


Motivational interviewing is a person-centered method for enhancing motivation by exploring and resolving ambivalence – but what does it mean to resolve ambivalence when you’re working with a young person experiencing instability? Youth Worker Fundamentals: Motivational Interviewing is a half-day training for direct-service staff working with young people experiencing homelessness in King County focusing on applying the framework as service providers.

Participants will explore the spirit of motivational interviewing and applying the method’s core principles from this youth-worker lens. Participants will learn and practice five core skills of motivational interviewing — Affirmations, Reflective Listening, Open-ended Questions, Summarization, and Eliciting Change Talk — by engaging in interactive discussions, scenario work, and role-plays.

The curriculum for this training was developed by Melanie Ferrer-Vaughn, MSW, in collaboration with YouthCare’s training program team. Melanie is a program manager and outreach specialist with Seneca Family of Agencies and has been bringing her passion and expertise youth and family work for almost a decade.