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S23-700 Using Motivational Interview (MI) to Challenge Racism

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families |  700 Professional Growth & Development |  Special Offers
Mary Hodorowicz, PhD, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes



Racism is a learned behavior, and learned behaviors can be changed.  Behavior change can begin with shifts in thoughts and attitudes, and this change can be supported.  This workshop is designed to engage participants in the use of motivational interviewing to support change to reduce racism. This workshop will include didactic knowledge share, large and small group discussion, and experiential practice activities. This workshop will evoke experiences, strengths, and struggles from actual practice settings from participants. It is facilitated by a white cisgendered woman and created under the framework that racism is an ongoing problem created by white people and thus it is particularly important for white social workers to find ways in which they can use their strengths, skills, and knowledge to engage in solution focused action and practice to address it. It would benefit participants to have a working knowledge of motivational interviewing and basic motivational interviewing skills prior to participating in this workshop.



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Mary Hodorowicz, LCSW-C received her PhD and MSW from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work, with a primary Clinical concentration and secondary concentration in Management & Community Organization. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in psychology with a sociology minor. An active clinician for over a decade, Mary specializes in work with families and children. She earned a post-graduate certificate in Adoption from Rutgers School of Social Work, and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

Learning Objectives

Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Participants will learn about the application of  MI skills to reduce racism.  

  • Participants will identify which MI skills are applicable and situations in which you might initiate a motivational conversation related to racism in effort to support positive change and reduce negative impact of racism. 

  • Participants will engage in practice of MI skills via experiential activity. 

Bibliography & References



Center for Disease Control  (2021). Racism is a Serious threat to the Public’s Health. Retrieved from

Avruch, D. O., & Shaia, W. E. (2022). Macro MI: Using motivational interviewing to address socially-engineered trauma. Journal of Progressive Human Services33(2), 176–204.

Rollnick, S., Miller, W. R., Butler, C. C., & Aloia, M. S. (2022). Motivational interviewing in health care: helping patients change behavior.

Hohman, M. (2021). Motivational interviewing in social work practice. Guilford Publications.

Oh, H., & Lee, C. (2016). Culture and motivational interviewing. Patient education and counseling99(11), 1914.

Course Completion & CE Information


Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. Registering after April 9, 2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

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  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
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