Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 8:30 AM PST
Friday, February 23, 2018 at 1:00 PM PST

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Pacific Medical Center
1200 12th Ave South
Seattle, WA 98144

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Francesca Murnan
Urban Indian Health Institute
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Indigenized Motivational Interviewing for Urban Natives 

Please join the Urban Indian Health Institute for a free two-day session in Seattle, WA on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) cultural adaptations of Motivational Interviewing. There are no registration fees associated with this event. To register, please fill out the form by clicking below.

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Session Description

 Motivational interviewing (MI) is a goal-oriented, client-centered counseling style aimed at encouraging behavior change by helping clients to explore and address ambivalence. MI seeks to engage clients, promote change talk, and evoke motivation to make positive changes in a non-judgmental manner. Anyone who needs to make changes in their life comes to counseling at a different stage of readiness. MI seeks to meet the client at their level of readiness and move them towards motivation for change. MI has been effectively applied in substance dependence, healthy lifestyle promotion, chronic disease management, and other fields. As a technique, MI is consistent with Native cultures in its respect for personal sovereignty, emphasis on relationship, and belief in honoring the individual.

This two-day session in Seattle, WA will provide an overview of MI and will use skills-building exercises to introduce participants to this useful technique. This curriculum has been specifically adapted for urban Indian populations and will be presented by a speaker with significant experience adapting and implementing behavior change approaches with urban AI/AN. Participants will leave the session with a solid grounding in the tools and applications of MI, a knowledge of common traps and pitfalls, and an understanding of MI’s applicability to Native populations. 


About the Speaker

Lonnie A. Nelson, PhD (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians), is an Assistant Professor and clinical psychologist in the Washington State University College of Nursing. He leads the program on urban AI/ANs at the university’s Partnerships for Native Health. He is a graduate of and faculty mentor in the Native Inves­tigator Development Program, which is funded by the National Institute on Ag­ing to train doctoral-level Native profes­sionals to become independent health researchers. His current research with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) focuses on developing, culturally adapt­ing, and evaluating patient-centered ap­proaches to health promotion and chron­ic disease prevention for urban AI/ANs.

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Travel Scholarships

 *Travel scholarships for this event have been filled.  

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Silver Cloud Hotel - Seattle Stadium, 1046 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134. The UIHI group rate is $159 per night, if you make the reservation by February 14, 2018. Click this link to make your reservation. If the block of rooms has been filled, please make alternate lodging arrangements of your choice.

Recommended alternative for lodging in Seattle
  • Eighth and Olive: 720 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101; (206) 624-7417
Ground Travel and Parking
The Indigenized Motivational Interviewing for Urban Natives will be held at the Pacific Medical Center/Pacific Tower located at 1200 12th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98144. The event will be held in the Panaromic Room on the 8th Floor. The facility is accessible by vehicle and public transportation. Please find more information about accessing the facility here.

If traveling by vehicle, the Silver Cloud Hotel has valet only ($39) and Pacific Medical Center is $5 for guests. Free street parking is available nearby.

If you have questions, please contact Megan McDermott, Project Assistant at (206) 812-3030 for more information.