Training Class Details
Class Title: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing in Work with Youth- 6.5 CAMFT & RN CE Credits
Class Date: Thursday, December 7, 2023
Class Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Availability: Employees and Eligible Participants
Available spaces: 5
Class Location: Webinar - refer to the class description section for more information about how to participate.
[ Online ]
[ Online ], CA 94618
Class Trainers: Marya Wright
Class Description:

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing in Work with Youth- 6.5 CAMFT CE Credits  


Training Summary:

In this training, participants will gain a generalized concept of Motivational Interviewing. Participants will be introduced to the spirit of MI, four processes of MI, sustained talk, discord and change talk, OARS (open-ended, affirmations, reflections, and summary). Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups, engage in various activities, and receive tangible examples to use during their work with clients. This training has many activities, handouts, and videos to support all learning styles.


Training Objectives:

·       Participants will be able to name two general concepts of Motivational Interviewing as it relates to supporting the client find their own motivation for change.

·       Describe 2 ways to apply Motivational Interviewing to their work with youth and families.

·       When working with system-involved youth and families, training participants will be able to mitigate the chances of using the “righting reflex” that includes verbal and non-verbal.

·       Describe 1-2 situations in which the righting reflex was not effective in their work.


Transfer of Learning Skill:

·       Explain the “righting reflex”

·       Understand sustained talk, discord, and change talk

·       Explain OARS

Trainer Bio:

Marya Wright provides innovative, high-value, and culturally responsive training content for professionals. Marya offers continuing education training (CEUs) for agencies who service system-involved youth, foster youth, children and families. Marya is a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Marya is a Child Welfare Worker II with County Children and Family Services in the Dependency Investigation Unit. She conducts investigations and assessments based on the Welfare & Institutions Code §300 regarding child abuse, neglect and exploitation on the legality of court intervention.

Marya graduated from San Diego State University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Social Work with a focus on Child Welfare Services and Motivational Interviewing. She then received her Master’s in Social Work from California State University, East Bay with a focus in Child Welfare Policy and research. Marya has also conducted research in Child Sexual Exploitation and Foster Care. In addition, she is a seasoned lecturer in the Sociology Department at CSU, East Bay


You must work with dependent (foster& probation) youth in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, or Monterey County in order to attend our trainings. Trainings are free for those eligible to attend.



Course meets the qualifications for 6 continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Seneca Family of Agencies is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.Seneca Family of Agencies maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, Provider #135057.  

We are unable to provide certificates of completion if more than 15 minutes of each course content is missed.



• You must sign IN& OUT before you leave. 

• You must fully complete SENECA CAMFT evaluations, before leaving your training, with your full name legibly written.



Completion Certificates can be obtained by emailing:



All registered participants must cancel 48 hours in advance, if no longer

able to attend. Cancellation can be done electronically through

registration confirmation email or by calling:

Seneca Family of Agencies - Training Department at (510) 654-4004


If you would like to report a grievance, please contact in writing:

Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice

6925 Chabot Road, Oakland, CA 94618


In accordance with California Civil Code Section 54.1 any disabled person who may require accommodations (transportation) to participate in any trainings or events, please contact the

Training Department at 510-654-4004 at least 5 days in advance of the event.

Trainings provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, in partnership with Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano. Monterey training provided in partnership with Hartnell College and Monterey County. Funding provided through Title IV-E.