thursday, february 01, 2018
Motivational Interviewing: A Skill-Based Strengths Training for Juvenile Probation Officers and Caseworkers

Seminar Announcement

Motivational Interviewing: A Skill-Based Strengths Training for Juvenile Probation Officers and Caseworkers

February 27-28, 2018, Michigan Hall of Justice, Lansing, Michigan

Seminar Description

The Michigan Judicial Institute (MJI) is pleased to offer a two-day seminar designed for juvenile division probation officers and caseworkers.

Motivational Interviewing is a widely-used approach for addressing adolescent substance use. Recent research shows that 67 percent of juveniles participating in Motivational Interviewing reported statistically significant improved substance use outcomes.


Faculty for this seminar will be Mr. Michael D. Clark, MSW, LMSW.  Mr. Clark is a trainer/consultant to the helping professions and is currently the director of the Center for Strength-Based Strategies.  He is committed to the research, development, and training of strength-based strategies for practice and programming.  Mr. Clark, a former juvenile probation officer with extensive experience, is a registered trainer with the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.  Mr. Clark is also the coauthor of a monograph published by the National Institute of Corrections titled “Motivating Offenders to Change: A Guide for Probation and Parole Officers.”

Seminar Logistics

The seminar will commence at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 4:00 p.m. each day.

Participant Eligibility

Due to the interactive nature of this seminar, space is limited and will be restricted to juvenile division probation officers, caseworkers, and supervisors.

Registration Procedure

MJI uses online registration.  Please go to the following link to register:  Use the invitation code: C729D8.


Double-occupancy lodging is assigned by MJI at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Lansing at Eastwood for the evenings of February 26 and 27.  To qualify for MJI paid lodging, your office must be located more than 65 miles from the Michigan Hall of Justice.

If a single room is requested, you are responsible for the additional lodging room cost (approximately $37.50 per night, plus applicable taxes).  Please make the appropriate lodging request when you e-register.

Facility space constraints do not allow MJI to make any arrangements for lodging of spouses, family, or friends of seminar participants.


MJI will provide a group luncheon and refreshments each day of the seminar.  All other meals and incidental expenditures, including mileage, telephone calls, entertainment, etc., are your responsibility.

Persons with Disabilities

The Michigan Hall of Justice accommodates persons with disabilities.  If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please indicate your needs when you e-register.


Given space limitations, it is not likely that everyone who registers is going to be accepted. Registrants selected for attendance will be e-mailed confirmation and other pertinent information following the registration deadline.  If you do not receive an e-mail by February 20, please contact MJI.


If you have questions concerning the seminar or the registration process, please contact

Peter Stathakis, Program Manager, at 517-373-7607 or; or Anne DeMarco, Program Assistant, at 517-373-7349 or

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, January 19, 2018


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