Level One Core QoC Workshop
Part One: Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Part Two: Thursday, September 28, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Hosted via Zoom. Participants will be able to attend online or call in over the phone.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centred, directive method of communication for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change and is recognized as an effective evidence-based approach to support autonomy and long-term behaviour change.
In this two-part interactive workshop, we will explore how to enhance our conversation style with clients as they contemplate change. We will discuss topics such as how to explore ambivalence, roll with resistance, and elicit change-talk. We will learn how to work within the Motivational Interviewing spirit, where showing a genuine interest in the client’s perspective leads to further collaboration.
- Define Motivational Interviewing and discuss safe ways to explore ambivalence.
- Find ways to incorporate the spirit of MI into our work.
- Examine the change process through the Stages of Change model.
- Explore tools for change.
- Learn to avoid common traps in conversation with clients.
- Gain an appreciation of the principles of MI.
- Review the Micro Skills to help further develop conversations with clients.
- Expand our understanding of change talk and commitment talk and how to discern the difference.
“It was a rich and deeply satisfying online training experience. The facilitators were knowledgeable, and the training format flowed beautifully from theory into practice. I also appreciated the compassion and generous sharing of the participants. All round, a great experience.”
“The content was very helpful and well-paced. I feel more confident coming out of this workshop!”
“As someone who is new to MI, I found this workshop very helpful! A great introduction and stepping stone!”
- Early Bird Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $69.00*
- Regular Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $89.00*
- Regular Ticket for Participants Outside of Peterborough: $109.00*
*Plus Eventbrite’s fee.
Who should attend this workshop?
This workshop is designed specifically for helping professionals. We define “helping professional” as anyone in a position of interacting with people in providing a service.
How many people can attend?
Registration for this workshop has been capped at 35 participants.
What is a level one core QoC workshop?
This refers to a workshop that is a part of QoC’s core curriculum and is offered at a more basic, 101 level, though it can be beneficial to anyone regardless of their experience.
Will I receive a certificate for attending?
Yes, you will receive a certificate of attendance after participating in the workshop and filling out a post-course evaluation.
Will these sessions be recorded?
No, these sessions will not be recorded in order to maintain the privacy of participants, but any relevant slides and handouts will be sent to attendees.
What is your refund policy?
We can offer refunds up to seven days before the first session. Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable. After this period, we can accept substitutions. If we must cancel the workshop, you will receive a full refund. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.
Who can I contact with further questions?
If you have an accessibility request or any other questions, please contact the QoC Project Lead at or 705-927-3448.
The cost of this workshop has been subsidized through a partnership with the Peterborough Drug Strategy and its members. Additionally, local participants can contact us to apply for a bursary.
- 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- Thursday, September 21, 2023
- 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- Thursday, September 28, 2023
Jennifer Johnston has been drawn to the social work profession for as long as she can remember. She worked with at-risk and exploited youth in various youth centres and camps for inner-city teens beginning in her early high school days.
After graduating with a Bachelors and Masters of Social Work, Jenn went on to work with children and families for many years within the child welfare system. She has also worked exclusively with survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence, as well as those with lived experience in the sex trade through individual and group therapy modalities. Volunteering with Victim Services and facilitating classes at the Lindsay Correctional Facility has allowed her to work with a diverse population and led her to develop skills with a trauma-informed lens.
In more recent years, as family lifestyle has lent itself, she has pursued her dream of counselling in a private practice, which currently occupies the majority of her clinical time. You may also find her at Fleming College in the Social Service Worker and Mental Health & Addictions Program teaching young adults and mature students who share similar passions.
Jenn has four busy kids, as well as three stepchildren that keep her social work skills honed and humbled as well.