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Motivational Interviewing: Trauma Informed Applications to Youth
Designed for CASA staff and volunteers, this 2-hour training will provide an overview of the key concepts and methods from motivational interviewing as applied to adolescents who have experienced foster care in the context of their relationship with CASA volunteers. Specific goals will include decreasing the tendency of CASA volunteers to provide unwanted, corrective advice to foster youth and instead integrating more frequent and high quality open questions, affirmations, and reflections. Trauma-informed principles will be infused throughout the training which will include lecture, audio or video clips, and breakout group exercises.

Nov 2, 2022 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Greg Merrill, LCSW
Greg Merrill is currently a clinical social worker at UCSF Medical Center where he supports patients with life threatening illness and their families. With over 30 years of experience, he has taught social work at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, served as the Social Work Supervisor at UCSF’s Trauma Recovery and Rape Treatment Center at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and the Director of Client & Advocacy Services at Community United Against Violence. His work focuses on supporting people’s development through adverse and unfair life experiences. A long-time practitioner of motivational interviewing, Greg attended the Training for New Trainers for motivational interviewers in 2010. Since then, he has done system of care trainings, coaching, and consultation for Contra Costa Department of Child and Family Services, Family Service Agency of San Francisco, Tipping Point Community Foundation, and Homeless Prenatal Program.