Motivational Interviewing Training for Probation Officers in California

By Christine B. Kleinpeter, Jeffrey J. Koob and Ruth Chambers.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This study describes the training outcomes for 129 probation officers in Orange County, California who attended a mandatory one-day training on Motivational Interviewing. Motivational Interviewing is a communication style that is collaborative and evocative. The probation officers using this method show empathy and active listening to the probationer and assists him or her in developing positive goals for change. The results suggest that a one-day training produced knowledge gains in the probation officers. Suggestions for future research include the use of a standardized instrument to measure knowledge and skills learned in Motivational Interviewing training and the use of multiple sites for data collection. Additionally, a 2 or 3 day training is recommended for future research on Motivational Interviewing with probation officers.

Keywords: Motivational Interviewing, Probation Officers, Adult Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp.191-202. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 795.903KB).

Dr. Christine B. Kleinpeter

Professor, School of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach, USA

Dr. Kleinpeter is licensed in psychology and clinical social work, and has over 10 years of clinical experience in a variety of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. Her teaching interests are in clinical practice, human behavior, and mental health. She has conducted research in the areas of drug court outcomes, co-occurring drug court outcomes, distance education, and surrogate parenting. She is a trainer in Motivational Interviewing, and has trained many social service professionals, probation workers, child welfare workers, and corrections officers. She has served as the Associate Director and Coordinator of Academic Programs and Coordinator of the Distance Education Program at CSULB. She has supervised both MFT Interns and Social Work Associates toward licensure with the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California.

Dr. Jeffrey J. Koob

California State University, Long Beach, USA

Dr. Jeffrey J. Koob is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), where he teaches research and practice courses, evaluates evidence based practice, and consults in the Los Angeles school system. He studied Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) with Steve de shazer and Insoo Kim Berg at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, WI. He has adapted this approach to supervision and teaching. Dr. Koob obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh, his masters degree in social work at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to his eight years at CSULB, Dr. Koob was an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia for three years, and a statistician at the Medical College of Wisconsin for ten years.

Dr. Ruth Chambers

California State University, Long Beach, USA

Dr. Chambers joined the faculty at CSULB in 2006. She teaches foundation and advanced social welfare policy courses and provides thesis advisement. Her prior practice experiences include clinical work with children youth and families, community and policy work, supervision, and grant writing. Her research interests are focused in three primary areas: child neglect and its relationship to poverty, child welfare services and family outcomes, and service integration.


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