Motivational interviewing (MI) is a very common approach used in the behavioral health field to support people in making decisions and changes to achieve their desired goals. However, there is limited information on how and why this approach can be utilized when working with members of the LGBTQ+ community. This two-part webinar series will offer mental health providers an overview of MI and how it can be applied to the LGBTQIA+ community. Across both webinars, participants will have the opportunity to practice applying these skills through a vignette-based activity.
In part two, Drs. O’Neill and Gilea focus on the application of MI as a therapeutic approach to support the adjustment-related needs of caregivers of their LGBTQIA+ youth. The presenters offer a brief overview of the basic tenets of MI and discuss their therapeutic application to caregivers of LGBTQIA+ youth. Through the use of a case study, the presenters highlight the therapeutic possibilities of this approach to help resolve caregiver ambivalence and increase opportunities for supportive caregiver responses for LGBTQIA+ youth.