Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Motivational Interviewing Summit Convened
The Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) in collaboration with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Community Justice Assistance Division (TDCJ-CJAD) hosted a Motivational Interviewing Summit at the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center on May 6th and 7th 2010.
Led by CJAD Training Specialist IV, Mary Strong, the summit, which brought together over 37- representatives from community corrections including TDCJ-Parole, TDCJ-Rehabilitation Programs and numerous adult probation departments was convened to provide a medium for discussion on the use of Motivational Interviewing across the state including gaps in training, the existence of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) members in the community corrections field, and other issues associated with expanding the use of Motivational Interviewing in corrections.
The summit culminated in the creation of the Texas Motivational Interviewing Cooperative (TMIC) whose purpose will be to combine resources and skill sets to assist in building and sustaining the effective use of Motivational Interviewing within Texas correctional communities. CMIT Executive Director, Doug Dretke expressed to participants that the Institute is “excited to partner with and lend support to the newly established cooperative to expand the use of Motivational Interviewing in Texas Corrections.” For more information on the Texas Motivational Interviewing Cooperative, please contact Mary Strong at (512) 671-2116