Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Motivational Interviewing Training Academy (MITA) Frequently Asked Questions

1. Q: Where is the training being held? A: All phases of the Motivational Interviewing Academy will be held in Huntsville at the Correctional Management Institute of Texas.

2. Q: What are the pre-requisites?A: There are no pre-requisites.

3. Q: Do the participants have to be Foundation Skills Trainers?A: No, completion of Foundation Skills for Trainers is not required.

4. Q: Do they also have to be certified CSO’s or can they be counselors?A: Agencies will make the decision regarding the applicant. There are no stipulations required from the Motivational Interviewing Training Academy (MITA).

5. Q: Does CMIT plan to limit attendance to one person per agency? A: Applications will be reviewed by the MITA Trainers and will graded on a Likert Scale. All applications will be considered, and depending upon the number submitted, there may be a need to make decisions based on regional representation. If we have multiple applicants from one agency and can only consider a limited number, we will communicate with the agency administrator to determine the most appropriate applicant, based on their desired objectives.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Motivational Interviewing Training Academy

A Collaborative Effort With CMIT
Delivered by Texas CJ MINT Members

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas in collaboration with MINT Trainer, Greg Sumpter (Tarrant County Juvenile Services), Susan Orendac (Harris County CSCD) and Mark Asteris (Jefferson County CSCD) is pleased to offer and host a three-phase Motivational Interviewing Training Academy.

The MI Trainer Development Academy is designed to develop MI proficiency in individuals leading to the capability to train others within their departments. No prior MI training or proficiency levels are required for applicants.

The program requires satisfactory completion of pre-requisite structured training phases, documented self-study, individual practice of skills and submission of Motivational Interviewing tapes for coding. The program culminates with the provision of tools and materials necessary for implementation within respective jurisdictions.

The three-phase program schedule as listed below is limited to 20-participants, ideally comprised of an equal number of juvenile and adult corrections practitioners who will move together from one phase to the next. The Academy has a fee of $395.00 for all three phases inclusively. Participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, meals and incidentals.

MI Trainer Development Phase I-January 18, 2012-January 20, 2012 (Wednesday-Friday)

MI Trainer Development Phase II-April 25, 2012-April 26, 2012 (Wednesday-Thursday)

MI Trainer Development Phase III-August 27, 2012-August 29, 2012 (Monday-Wednesday)

Interested individuals can apply at Deadline for applications is November 30, 2011.

For additional information or questions, please contact Susan Orendac at (713)-696-8758 or