KaylaOpdahl

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MI Trainer Presentation

Kayla
Opdahl
Policy and Planning Manager
Business Information
Town/City: 
Cheyenne
State: 
Wyoming
Country: 
United States
Contact Information
Email address: 
kayla.opdahl@wyo.gov
Telephone number: 
3077775983

More About Me

About Me

I have a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and a bachelors degree in criminal justice and political science. I have primarily worked in the criminal justice sector. While I am currently the Policy and Planning Manager I have held various positions where MI has served as a purposeful form of communciation in sometimes difficult settings. Having first-hand experience with using MI in corrections I have seen the benefits and need for the use of MI in corrections. I have trained MI in several settings; I train newly hired corrections staff. Also, I  trained students in counseling programs and treatment providers. I have over 6 years of experience trianing beginning and advanced MI. I also provide coaching and coding.  I assisted in devleoping an internal coaching process where staff who are more advanced in the use of MI may coach other staff using a more simplistic method to provide onsite coaching among peers where the focus is feedback and ongoing improvement. Once the coachee is ready for more advanced coaching and is ready for a formal evalaution or score then using tools such as the MITI 4 will occur. 

Service Information
Services offered: 
Introductory Training
Intermediate training
Advanced training
Supervision
Coaching
Coding
Training for Groups
Area of practice: 
Criminal Justice
Social
Organisational Change
Trainer Statement

My initial training from a Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers member was in 2010, after this experience I embarked on training both basic and advanced MI. In 2013 I started coaching individuals who expressed interest in enhancing their MI skills.  In 2016 I became a MINT member. My philosophical approach in training MI is fostering a training environment that demonstrates and allows for openness and honest discussion inherit in benefits and difficulties with learning MI. Those individuals who are willing to tackle such an intricately important communication mode like MI should be held in high regard. With the significant difficulty in learning to communicate differently, a trainer should be cognizant and respectful that trainees are experiencing a change of their own during this training. I believe the training atmosphere should possess a supportive environment which understands the complexities of learning MI.

Training Interests
Training language 1: 
English

History

Member for
1 year 1 month
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