Upcoming Events ~ NOTE: due to the COVID-19 pandemic uncertainty and for safe practices, all events are virtual, via Zoom

  • Communication Strategies to Support Client Behaviour Change: Webinar for the Canadian Academy of Audiology ~ 3 June 2021, 2:00 PM

    3rd Jun 2021 2:00:pm – 3rd Jun 2021 3:00:pm

    This webinar is a brief introduction to communication strategies stemming from the principles of Motivational Interviewing, coaching techniques, and behaviour change theories developed and integrated into The Monarch System's approach to behaviour change. It is hosted and sponsored by the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA) a professional association dedicated to enhancing the role of audiologists as primary hearing health care providers through advocacy, education, and research. Registration is restricted to CAA members. The presentation focuses on some evidence-based, effective ways to communicate with clients to foster client behaviour change; how “not to” communicate with clients, if the goal is client behaviour change; and how effective communication with clients benefits both clients and providers. If you would like more information about The Monarch System, please visit our website at https://www.monarchsystem.com

  • An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing ~ Presentation to the Ontario Physiotherapy Association, London District 3 June 2021

    3rd Jun 2021 5:30:pm – 3rd Jun 2021 6:30:pm

    The London District of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association and The Monarch System Inc are proud to host a virtual [Zoom format] information session on motivational interviewing (MI) and its potential to promote behaviour change. All information about this event inclusive of free registration information can be found here: London OPA - Monarch MI Seminar Grounded in addiction research, MI is widely supported in the health care professions as an evidence-based approach to facilitating health-related behaviour changes. This brief presentation will provide an overview of motivational interviewing, its fundamental concepts, an introduction to MI basic or core skills, and practical examples of MI uses and applications in clinical settings for physiotherapists.

  • Monarch Level 1 Motivational Interviewing and Coaching Tools for Brescia University Healthcare Professionals ~ 4 & 11 June 2021 [via Zoom]

    4th Jun 2021 9:00:am – 4th Jun 2021 12:00:pm

    This introductory, 1-day course provides a meaningful overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI) using The Monarch System’s unique approach which integrates MI with other impactful and evidence-based behaviour change practices such as coaching methods and key elements of behaviour change theories/applications. The workshop is restricted to and developed for graduate students in the Masters of Science in Foods and Nutrition Internship Stream as well as students in the Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training Program (DDEPT) at Brescia University College, London, Ontario. During the workshop, we will explore and help you to acquire applied techniques to use with your clients in your day-to-day practicum and work-related contexts. You will learn how to build motivation and transition that enhanced motivation into a strengthened and real commitment to behaviour changes. 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 apparent-resistance in service of your clients’ needs for long- term goal setting and commitment to change. The event will be delivered virtually using Zoom format on two separate Fridays, the 4th and 11th of June 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on both days. While the Zoom format is not ideal, it does offer enough flexibility to do small-size (2-3 persons) group work; the two, half-days' format decreases the concentrated screen time of a full day virtual session. This is a very interactive, applied workshop that builds in lots of opportunities for learning and practising MI skills and concepts. If you would like more information about The Monarch System, please visit our website at https://www.monarchsystem.com

  • Monarch Level 1 Motivational Interviewing and Coaching Tools for SW Ontario YMCA Healthcare Professionals ~ 14 & 16 June 2021 [via Zoom]

    14th Jun 2021 9:00:am – 14th Jun 2021 12:00:pm

    This introductory 2, half-day workshops provide a meaningful overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI) using The Monarch System’s unique approach which integrates MI with other impactful and evidence-based behaviour change practices such as coaching methods and key elements of behaviour change theories/applications. The workshop is restricted to the Settlement staff and Advisors of the Southwestern Ontario YMCA Sarnia and London offices. During the workshop, we will explore and help you to acquire applied techniques to use with your clients in your day-to-day interactions and work-related contexts. You will learn how to build motivation and transition that enhanced motivation into a strengthened and real commitment to behaviour changes. 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 apparent-resistance in service of your clients’ integration needs for long- term goal setting and commitment to change. The event will be delivered virtually using Zoom format on two separate days, the 14th and 16th of June 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on both days. While the Zoom format is not ideal, it does offer enough flexibility to do small-size (2-3 persons) group work; the two, half-days' format decreases the concentrated screen time of a full day virtual session. This is a very interactive, applied workshop that builds in lots of opportunities for learning and practising MI skills and concepts. If you would like more information about The Monarch System, please visit our website at https://www.monarchsystem.com

  • Monarch Level 1 Motivational Interviewing and Coaching Tools for Healthcare Professionals ~ 11 July 2021 [via Zoom]

    11th Jul 2021 10:30:am – 11th Jul 2021 5:30:pm

    This introductory, 1-day course provides a meaningful overview of MI using The Monarch System’s unique approach which integrates MI with other impactful and evidence-based behaviour change practices such as coaching methods and key elements of behaviour change theories/applications. Most importantly, we will explore and help you to acquire applied techniques to use with your clients in your day-to-day contacts. You will learn how to build motivation and transition that enhanced motivation into a strengthened and real commitment to behaviour changes. 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 apparent-resistance in service of your clients’ needs for long- term goal setting and commitment to change. The workshop is being hosted via Pelvic Health Solutions. Course content, learning objectives, and registration information are available at the PHS link. The event is open to all healthcare professionals. The Zoom platform, while obviously not as personal as face-to-face workshop contact and interaction, the online format does have some excellent built-in features like breakout rooms so that participants can work in pairs and small groups with facilitator guidance and supervision when needed. Note the start and end times for the session are 10:30 AM and 5:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time), respectively; this allows for reasonable access to the workshop across Canadian time zones.

  • Monarch Level 1, Introductory Motivational Interviewing Workshop for the Memorial University Entry-to-Practice PharmD 3rd year students ~ 10 Sept 2021 [via Zoom]

    10th Sep 2021 11:00:am – 10th Sep 2021 2:00:pm

    This introductory, half-day, 3-hour level 1 introductory workshop provides a meaningful overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI) using The Monarch System’s unique approach which integrates MI with other impactful and evidence-based behaviour change practices such as coaching methods and key elements of behaviour change theories/applications. The workshop is restricted to and developed for the Memorial University Newfoundland's 3rd year Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students. The entry-to-practice doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is designed to prepare students who are beginning their pharmacy education for careers primarily in community and hospital settings, as well as pharmaceutical industries, pharmacy organizations, and educational environments. We will be offering a window or basic introduction to learn how to build motivation and transition that enhanced motivation into a strengthened and real commitment to behaviour changes. We will teach you different ways to use such elements as relationship-building, dropping assumptions, adopting open-ended or powerful questions, using an empathetic approach, listening more adeptly to clients, and how to acknowledge or affirm effectively. Our event will be delivered virtually using Zoom format on the 10th of September 2021 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Eastern time. This is a very interactive, applied workshop that integrates lots of opportunities for learning and practising MI skills and concepts.While the Zoom format is not ideal, it does offer enough flexibility to do small-size (2-3 persons) group work to learn and practice the skills and processes of MI. If you would like more information about The Monarch System, please visit our website at https://www.monarchsystem.com

  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing & Coaching Tools for Healthcare Professionals ~ 12 September 2021 [via Zoom]

    12th Sep 2021 10:30:am – 12th Sep 2021 5:30:pm

    This advanced, Level 2 Monarch System Motivational Interviewing (MI) workshop builds on the skills and concepts learned in the Level 1 workshop along with any challenges and/or learnings you have experienced in implementing level 1 skills. Specifically, the Monarch System’s Level 2 offering is designed to help health practitioners work with patients who present themselves as stuck or overwhelmed and, apparently, are unable to change. Many clients are trapped in a view that they cannot change their behaviours, and this workshop focuses on helping clients to shift from this experience in service of fostering meaningful, health-related behaviour changes. The focus is on perspective interviewing skills and techniques using a variety of hands-on, applied exercises and applications. Delivery Format: Live-online course via zoom. The Zoom format offers an ideal and flexible format for doing practical exercises in small groups with full group discussions interspersed. Our intent and commitment is to create new learnings in a fun and productive workshop environment. The workshop is being hosted via Pelvic Health Solutions. Course content, learning objectives, and registration information are available at the PHS link. The event is open to all healthcare professionals; however, there is a prerequisite - all participants MUST have completed The Monarch System Level 1 (basic or intro) Motivational Interviewing course or equivalent. In addition, in order to tailor the workshop to professionals' experiences, skills, and needs re using MI, we ask that you practice 3 of the primary MI tools/skills during your engagements with clients/patients. We would like you to practice/try out each of these skills as you see fit and as often as possible and record your experiences via an online link. The full assignment description including the assignment submission online link are provided under the "Details" tab of the PHS link here. Finally, we would ask that you submit your responses no later than 25 August 2021 in order for us to collate them and develop the final format, content, and exercises for the workshop. Note the start and end times for the session are 10:30 AM and 5:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time), respectively; this allows for reasonable access to the workshop across Canadian time zones.

  • Monarch Level 1, Introductory Motivational Interviewing Workshop for the Memorial University Entry-to-Practice PharmD 4th year students ~ 15 Sept 2021 [via Zoom]

    15th Sep 2021 11:30:am – 15th Sep 2021 2:30:pm

    This half-day, 3-hour Motivational Interviewing (MI) workshop is a follow-up to the introductory half-day workshop Monarch did with this student group one year ago. We will continue to apply The Monarch System’s unique approach which integrates MI with other impactful and evidence-based behaviour change practices such as coaching methods and key elements of behaviour change theories/applications. The workshop is restricted to and developed for the Memorial University Newfoundland's 4th-year Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students. The entry-to-practice doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is designed to prepare students who are beginning their pharmacy education for careers primarily in community and hospital settings, as well as pharmaceutical industries, pharmacy organizations, and educational environments.In this workshop, we will be focusing on using client values to leverage behaviour change and to instill a long-term commitment to behaviour changes. You will be learning and trying out skills such as providing advice with permission, drilling down or scaffolding on 'what's important' in your clients' lives, utilizing transparency, listening at levels 2 and 3, and assessing readiness/confidence to/in making health-related decisions and concomitant behaviour changes. Our event will be delivered virtually using Zoom format on the 15th of September 2021 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Eastern time. This is a very interactive, applied workshop that integrates lots of opportunities for learning and practising MI skills and concepts.While the Zoom format is not ideal, it does offer enough flexibility to do small-size (2-3 persons) group work to learn and practice the skills and processes of MI. If you would like more information about The Monarch System, please visit our website at https://www.monarchsystem.com

  • Applied Motivational Interviewing & Coaching Tools for Memorial University’s PharmD Working Professionals’ Group ~ 19 & 23 Sept 2021 [Zoom format]

    19th Sep 2021 11:30:am – 19th Sep 2021 4:00:pm

    This introductory, 2-half-day workshops provides a meaningful overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI) using The Monarch System’s unique approach which integrates MI with other impactful and evidence-based behaviour change practices such as coaching methods and key elements of behaviour change theories/applications. The workshop is restricted to and developed for the Memorial University Newfoundland's Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) for working professionals; this PharmD program is an accessible, part-time option for practising pharmacists in Canada who are keen to achieve the Pharm.D. credential while maintaining their full time professions. We are very pleased to be entering our fourth year of working with Memorial University and the Pharmacy program students. During the workshop, we will explore and help you to acquire applied techniques to use with your clients in your work-related contexts. You will learn how to build motivation and transition that enhanced motivation into a strengthened and real commitment to behaviour changes. We will teach you different ways to use such elements as relationship-building, presence, competence views, compelling questions, reflective listening, readiness to change and change talk, tagging values onto desired behaviour changes, and moving with apparent-resistance in service of your clients’ needs for long- term goal setting and commitment to change. The event will be delivered virtually using Zoom format on two separate days, the 19th and 23rd of September 2021 (11:30 am - 4:00 pm on the 19th and 5:30-8:00 pm - both Eastern time zone - on the 23rd). While the Zoom format is not ideal, it does offer enough flexibility to do small-size (2-3 persons) group work; the two, half-days' format decreases the concentrated screen time of a full day virtual session. This is a very interactive, applied workshop that builds in lots of opportunities for learning and practising MI skills and concepts; in fact, pharmacist participants will be asked to do some MI skills' practising and record your learning observations via completing an online survey at this link in the days between the two workshop dates, submitting your survey responses by noon on Wednesday 22 September. T. If you would like more information about The Monarch System, please visit our website at https://www.monarchsystem.com

  • Monarch Level 1, Introductory Motivational Interviewing Workshop for the WECHC ~ 2 half-days, 15 & 22 October 2021 [via Zoom]

    15th Oct 2021 9:00:am – 15th Oct 2021 12:00:pm

    This introductory, 2 half-day courses provide a meaningful overview of MI using The Monarch System’s unique approach which integrates MI with other impactful and evidence-based behaviour change practices such as coaching methods and key elements of behaviour change theories/applications. Most importantly, we will explore and help you to acquire applied techniques to use with your clients in your day-to-day contacts. You will learn how to build motivation and transition that enhanced motivation into a strengthened and real commitment to behaviour changes. 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 apparent-resistance in service of your clients’ needs for long- term goal setting and commitment to change. The workshop is being sponsored by the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program of the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre and will be delivered virtually using Zoom format on two separate Fridays, the 15th and 22nd of October 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on both days. While the Zoom format is not ideal, it does offer enough flexibility to do small-size (2-3 persons) group work. Registration is now open at this link and all information is available through the Monarch Level 1 WECHC October 2021 Flyer. For any  inquiries about registering, please contact the WECHC toll free at 1-888-259-3605. If you would like more information about The Monarch System, please visit our website at https://www.monarchsystem.com

  • Monarch Level 2 Advanced Motivational Interviewing Workshop for the WECHC ~ 2 X half-days,10 & 17 December 2021 [via Zoom]

    10th Dec 2021 9:00:am – 10th Dec 2021 12:00:pm

    This advanced, Level 2 Monarch System Motivational Interviewing (MI) workshop builds on the skills and concepts learned in the Level 1 workshop. Specifically, the Monarch System’s Level 2 offering is designed to help health practitioners work with patients who present themselves as stuck or overwhelmed and, apparently, are unable to change. Many clients are trapped in a view that they cannot change their behaviours, and this workshop focuses on helping clients to shift from this experience in service of fostering meaningful, health-related behaviour changes. The focus is on perspective interviewing skills and techniques using a variety of hands-on, applied exercises and applications. Delivery Format: Live-online workshop via zoom. The Zoom format offers an ideal and flexible format for doing practical exercises in small groups with full group discussions interspersed. Our intent and commitment is to create new learning in a fun and productive workshop environment. The event is open to all healthcare professionals; however, there is a prerequisite - all participants MUST have completed The Monarch System Level 1 (basic or intro) Motivational Interviewing course or equivalent. The workshop is being sponsored by the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program of the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre and will be delivered virtually using Zoom format on two separate Fridays, the 10th and 17th of December 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on both days. Registration is now open at this link and all information is available through the Monarch Level 2 Dec 2021 Flyer. For any  inquiries about registering, please contact the WECHC toll free at 1-888-259-3605. If you would like more information about The Monarch System, please visit our website at https://www.monarchsystem.com

  • Monarch Level 3 Motivational Interviewing Progressive Workshop for the WECHC ~ 2 X half-days, 4 & 11 February 2022 [via Zoom]

    4th Feb 2022 9:00:am – 4th Feb 2022 12:00:pm

    This Monarch Level 3 Progressive Workshop on Motivational Interviewing builds on the content and learnings from the Monarch System's Levels 1 and 2 workshops. Similar to the previous levels, the Level 3 Progressive training builds from the previous offerings and is both interactive and “hands-on” in teaching style and learning objectives. The workshop is open to health care professionals and is sponsored by the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program of the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre and will be delivered virtually using Zoom format on two separate Fridays, the 4th and 11th of February 2022 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on both days. All participants MUST have completed The Monarch System Level 1 (basic or intro) and Level 2 or Advanced Motivational Interviewing courses or equivalent MI training. Each participant will be asked to submit some information of their use of MI and specifically, the issues that have arisen in using MI effectively to change health behaviour among your clients/patients. Please complete the very brief survey questions at this link and submit your anonymous response by 15 January 2022. In turn, we will use your feedback to help build a workshop specifically designed to meet your needs in continuing to use MI in service of your patients'/clients' behaviour change needs. While the Zoom format is not ideal, it does offer enough flexibility to do small-size (2-3 persons) group work. And, with a limited number of participants, we are able to spend more time with you working on MI skills. Participants MUST have completed The Monarch System Level 1 AND 2 course trainings or equivalent. Registration is now open at this link and all workshop information is contained this flyer: WECHC Monarch Level 3. For any other inquiries about registering, please contact the WECHC toll free at 1-888-259-3605. If you would like more information about The Monarch System, please visit our website at https://www.monarchsystem.com