Monarch Motivational Interviewing Workshop for Windsor-Essex Immigration Assessors ~ 29 March 2019, 9:00am – 4:00pm

This is a full-day Monarch System Motivational Interviewing (MI) workshop for assessors who work in the settlement sector in Windsor-Essex. Specifically, these employees of the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario (YMCA SWO) will be assessing clients  as part of the WE Value Project. This Project, managed by YMCA SWO, is a collaborative, capacity-focused, and community-driven initiative with many settlement and mainstream partners at the table. By combining innovative service delivery with technology, the WE Value strategy is designed to enhance the outcomes of newcomers and generate resources that will assist stakeholders in building a stronger Windsor-Essex. With a focus on service coordination and the capacities of newcomers, the WE Value Project leverages community strengths and identifies approaches to address current challenges and contribute to a brighter future for all.This MI workshop provides a meaningful overview of MI using the Monarch System’s unique approach. Our method integrates MI with other impactful behaviour change practices such as coaching methods and key elements of behaviour change theories/applications. Most importantly, we will explore and help assessors to acquire applied techniques to use immediately with your families in day-to-day practices. Assessors will learn how to transition conversation and build client motivation in ways that ensure a strengthened and real commitment to changed behaviours. This MI process, once in practice, will allow for an immediate settlement plan and a visionary settlement pathway connected to long-term, 3-5 year goals. We will teach different ways to use such elements as presence, competence views, compelling questions, reflective listening, change talk, and tagging values onto desired behaviour changes, all in service of your families’ settlement plans. We Value Project and YMCA Newcomer Services personnel firmly hold that motivation is central to exploring what clients want and this Monarch workshop is designed to build on assessor skills in tapping into newcomers’ motivation as a key component to their success.The workshop is closed to assessors who work within these two agencies and it will take place at the Heritage Park Alliance Church, 2501 Concession Road 6, Windsor, Ontario. For more information about Monarch workshops, please visit our website. For details about the WE Value Project or YMCA Newcomer Services, please contact Matthew Dunlop, WE Value Project Manager, YMCA of Southwestern Ontario, 519 982 5625,or, email: matthew.dunlop@swo.ymca.ca