Upcoming Events

  • Guelph University Family Health Study Advanced Motivational Interviewing Refresher Course ~ 31 August 2017

    31st Aug 2017 10:00:am – 31st Aug 2017 3:30:pm

    The Guelph University Family Health Study team is a group of researchers and health educators who use motivational interviewing skills and process in working with regionally-based families with young children. The families are interested in improving or changing their lifestyles regarding nutritional practices and levels of physical activity (click here for more information on the Study). This workshop is a Monarch System Motivational Intervewing refresher course for the team of health educators who have taken several courses with Monarch since we began working with them in the Fall of 2014. The workshop will take place at MacDonald Hall, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.The workshop is restricted to the Guelph University Family Health Study team. For more information about the team or Monarch's work with them, please click here or contact the Lead Health Educator, Ms Lisa Tang at ltang05@uoguelph.ca  

  • Monarch Level 1 MI Workshop for Dietetic Interns ~ Brescia University College, London, ON ~ 6 Sept 2017

    6th Sep 2017 9:00:am – 6th Sep 2017 4:00:pm

    This Monarch introductory full-day workshop is restricted to Brescia University College Dietetic Interns. It will take place at Brescia University College. For more information, contact Lesley Macaskill, Internship Coordinator/Faculty Lecturer, Room 107, Brescia University College, 1285 Western Road, London, N5G 1H2, Tel: 519-432-8353, ext 28065, email: lmacaski@uwo.ca  

  • Integrating a Motivational Interviewing Approach into Tobacco Treatment – Regional Municipality of York, Newmarket, ON ~ 13 Sept 2017

    13th Sep 2017 9:00:am – 13th Sep 2017 4:00:pm

    This is a workshop sponsored by the Program Training and Consultation Centre (PTCC) of Cancer Care Ontario. We, the Monarch System Inc are vendors-of-record for the PTCC. The event is being held at the Training Room, Regional Municipality of York, 380 Bayview Parkway, Newmarket, Ontario, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Wednesday 18 September 2017. It is recommended but not required that all participants have had some exposure to and/or experience in tobacco cessation counselling (for example but not limited to: TEACH, PTCC's Brief Cessation Counselling, OTRU's Tobacco & Public Health: From Theory to Practice, RNAO's Smoking Cessation e- learning).In the workshop,participants will learn to build on their understanding of motivational approaches while developing confidence and skills in tobacco cessation counselling. Engaging in a combination of instructor-led and small group participatory learning activities with the opportunity for peer review and feedback, participants will reflect on the underlying spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI), and explore the processes used in this method of client interaction: engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning. Throughout the day, they will learn to recognize related concepts like ambivalence, change talk, sustain talk and discord, practice the core communication skills (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening and summaries) and gain practical tips to exchange information and advice, develop hope and confidence, and negotiate a change plan. This workshop will assist participants in identifying individualized strategies to continue to build competency and strengthen your current practice. To register, please contact Olivia Martyniuk at Olivia.martyniuk@york.ca or 905-830-4444 ex. 73053. For more information and registration details, please refer to the Promotional Flyer for this event. Prior to the workshop, potential participants are encouraged to spend 15 minutes listening to "Motivational Interviewing: An Introduction" by Dr Bill Matulich

  • Monarch Level 1 Motivational Interviewing Workshop, Caesars Windsor ~ 28 September 2017

    28th Sep 2017 9:00:am – 28th Sep 2017 4:00:pm

    This introductory full day session provides a meaningful overview of MI using The Monarch System's unique approach which integrates MI with other impactful and evidence-based behaviour change proactices such as coaching methods and key elements of behaviour change theories/applications. Most importantly, we will explore and help participants to acquire applied techniques to use with your clients in your day-to-day practice. You will learn how to build motivation and transition that enhanced motivation into a strengthened and real commitment to healthier behaviours. We will teach you different ways to use such elements as presence, competence views, compelling questions, reflective listening, readiness to change and change talk, tagging values onto desired behaviour changes, and moving with 'resistance' in service of your clients' health-related behaviours in lifelong care. Please note that registration and light breakfast occur from 8:00 to 9:00 am; the workshop itself starts at 9:00 am. The workshop is sponsored by the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre. For registration and further information click here. This event is now sold out and generating a wait list at the online registration/information site.

  • Monarch Systel Level 1 Motivational Interviewing Workshop for Ryerson University Nutrition Students ~ 19 October 2017

    19th Oct 2017 8:30:am – 19th Oct 2017 3:30:pm

    This is a full-day, interactive Monarch System™ Level 1 workshop focused on Applied Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Coaching Tools for Health Nutrition Students. The event will take place Thursday Oct 19th, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Ryerson School of Nutrition,Toronto, Ontario. This introductory session provides a meaningful overview of MI using the Monarch System’s unique approach which 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 students acquire applied techniques to use with their clients in their professional practices and in their daily lives. Students will learn how to build motivation and transition that enhanced motivation into a strengthened and real commitment to healthier behaviours. We teach participants different ways to use such elements as presence, competence views, compelling questions, reflective listening, change talk, tagging values onto desired behaviour changes, and moving with apparent-resistance in service of their clients’ health-related behaviours in lifelong care. For registration and/or more information, please conact Ms Megan Cowan, Practicum Coordinator, Ryerson School of Nutrition, 416-979-5000, ext 7072, email: megan.cowan@ryerson.ca

  • Integrating a Motivational Interviewing Approach into Tobacco Treatment – Niagara Region Public Health Unit – 9 November 2017

    9th Nov 2017 9:00:am – 9th Nov 2017 4:00:pm

    This is a workshop sponsored by the Program Training and Consultation Centre (PTCC) of Cancer Care Ontario. We, the Monarch System Inc are vendors-of-record for the PTCC. The event is being held at the Niagara Falls Public Library, 4848 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Thursday 9 November 2017. Participants are asked to arrive between 8:30 - 8:45. It is recommended but not required that all participants have had some exposure to and/or experience in tobacco cessation counselling (for example but not limited to: TEACH, PTCC's Brief Cessation Counselling, OTRU's Tobacco & Public Health: From Theory to Practice, RNAO's Smoking Cessation e- learning). In the workshop,participants will learn to build on their understanding of motivational approaches while developing confidence and skills in tobacco cessation counselling. Engaging in a combination of instructor-led and small group participatory learning activities with the opportunity for peer review and feedback, participants will reflect on the underlying spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI), and explore the processes used in this method of client interaction: engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning. Throughout the day, they will learn to recognize related concepts like ambivalence, change talk, sustain talk and discord, practice the core communication skills (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summaries) and gain practical tips to exchange information and advice, develop hope and confidence, and negotiate a change plan. This workshop will assist participants in identifying individualized strategies to continue to build competency and strengthen your current practice. To register, please contact Lucretia Harris at 905-688-8248 x7410 or Lucretia.harris@niagararegion.ca. For more information and registration details, please refer to the Promotional Flyer  for this event.

  • Monarch System Level 2 workshop focused on Advanced and Applied Motivational Interviewing & Coaching Tools for Ryerson University’s Health Nutrition Studens ~ 15 March 2018

    15th Mar 2018 8:30:am – 15th Mar 2018 3:30:pm

    This advanced workshop builds on the Monarch System's Introductory MI workshop. Specifically, this Level 2 workshop offering is designed to help students work with patients who seem highly resistant (or apparently highly resistant) to change. Many clients are trapped in a view that they cannot change their behaviours, and this workshop focuses on helping free clients from this experience, in service of fostering meaningful health-related behaviour changes. The event includes additional practice and feedback opportunities to support the immediate integration of the new advanced tools - particularly those related to shifting perspectives and more intensive listening and reflective skills - within participants’ practice and personal lives. For registration and/or more information, please conact Ms Megan Cowan, Practicum Coordinator, Ryerson School of Nutrition, 416-979-5000, ext 7072, email: megan.cowan@ryerson.ca

  • Monarch System Advanced or Level 2 Motivational Interviewing Workshop for Health Professionals ~ 22 March 2018

    22nd Mar 2018 9:00:am – 22nd Mar 2018 4:00:pm

    This Monarch System Level 2 or Advanced Motivational Interviewing (MI) workshop for health professionals is being hosted by the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre and will take place at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor, Ontario N9A 7H7, on Thursday 22 March 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Registration and a light breakfast will occur from 8:00 to 9:00 am. Our Level 2 workshop builds on the skills and processes learned in Level 1 or introductory MI workshops. Participants will learn to work with shifting clients' ambivalent beliefs and/or seemingly locked-in patterns of behaviour toward co-desired, health behaviour changes. We work with progressions in levels of listening, moving status quo talk toward change talk, and process interviewing or working with clients by meeting them wherever they might be in their behavioural practices. For more information and registration, please contact Erin Hodgson, Administrative Assistant, Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, Phone: (519) 997-2823 ext. 331, email: ehodgson@wechc.org, Mailing Address:101-1361 Ouellette Ave., Windsor, Canada N8X 1J6.