Part Two: Applying MI as a Therapeutic Approach to Support Adjustment

When: Wednesday, April 14 - 12:00 PM

Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes

Location: Webex

Event Details:

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 will focus on the application of MI as a therapeutic approach to support the adjustment-related needs of caregivers of their LGBTQIA+ youth. The presenters will 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 will highlight the therapeutic possibilities of this approach to help resolve caregiver ambivalence and increase opportunities for supportive caregiver responses for LGBTQIA+ youth.

About the Presenters:

Rachel M. O’Neill, PhD is Core Faculty at Walden University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and the Director of Clinical Effectiveness for Talkspace. Dr. O’Neill has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including community-based mental health and addictions treatment, psychiatric hospitals, college counseling settings, and inpatient facilities. She has extensive experience working with individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community, as well those experiencing addictions, psychological trauma, and suicidal and self-injurious behavior.  She is an Ohio-Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory Endorsement. Dr. O’Neill earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University, a M.S.Ed. in Counseling and B.A. in Psychology from Youngstown State University.

Brandy L. Gilea, PhD is Core Faculty at Walden University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and Clinical Manager at Talkspace. Dr. Gilea has clinical, supervisory and teaching experience in the behavioral health profession, including the treatment of mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. She has provided direct service, supervision and management in a variety of clinical settings including community-based behavioral health treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, college counseling centers, mental health group homes, jails and homeless shelters. She is an Ohio-Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory Endorsement and Nationally Certified Counselor. Dr. Gilea earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University, a M.S.Ed. in Counseling and a B.A. in Psychology from Youngstown State University.