William Miller


The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) is pleased to present two professional development programs featuring William R. Miller, PhD. He will deliver the 2014 Ruth Knee Lecture on Spirituality and Social Work on Thursday, July 17, and co-lead an Advanced Motivational Interviewing workshop on Friday, July 18. Both programs will take place at The University School of Social Service Administration:

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2014 Ruth Knee Lecture on Spirituality and Social Work

Motivational Interviewing and Quantum Change: Reflections on Human Potential

William R. Miller, PhD
Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, The University of New Mexico

Thursday, July 17, 2014
5 - 6 pm  Check-in with light refreshments
6 - 7:30 pm Lecture
1.5 CEUs
Fee: $30* (includes lecture, CE credits, and refreshments)
*Please Note: PDP discounts are not applicable for this program

FOR THE FIRST TIME in a single lecture, William Miller will describe and weave together two major themes from his research career that illuminate the human potential for personal transformation. The first is motivational interviewing (MI), a collaborative counseling style he developed in the 1980s to help clients with alcohol problems overcome their ambivalence about behavior change. He will then discuss quantum change—his study of transformations of the “Ebenezer Scrooge” variety that are sparked by epiphanies or sudden insights. Where does quantum change come from? Why do some of us experience it and what kind of people do we become as a result? Miller will raise these questions and more as he reflects on our ability to achieve lasting change—and ensure that tomorrow need not be like yesterday.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least three components of the underlying spirit with which motivational interviewing is practiced
  2. Explain the evoking process that is a defining aspect of motivational interviewing
  3. Describe key elements of a mystical experience
  4. List at least three common changes associated with “quantum change” experiences
  5. Describe at least four common insights that have become apparent to quantum changes.

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Sponsored by the Ruth Irelan Knee Support Fund for Spirituality in Social Work

Ruth Irelan Knee, A.M. '45, was a founding member of the National Association of Social Workers and one of the first psychiatric social workers. Her work across three decades helped define the role of social workers in the public sector. The Ruth Knee Support Fund for Spirituality in Social Work sponsors this lecture at SSA. Read more about Ruth Knee.

Motivational Interviewing: An Advanced Workshop

William R. Miller, PhD and Scott R. Petersen, LCSW, CAC-III

Friday, July 18, 2014
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 CEUs
Fee: $250* (includes instruction, materials, CE credits, continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack)
*Please Note: PDP discounts are not applicable for this program

Motivational interviewing (MI; Miller & Rollnick, 2013) is a collaborative counseling style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change, with demonstrated efficacy in engaging and retaining people in services while improving a range of outcomes. This one-day training is an advanced update workshop in MI designed for practitioners of all disciplines, providing an opportunity to enhance MI skill in practice. It assumes basic knowledge of and competence in MI as a prerequisite. We will provide a professional update based on the 2013 3rd edition of Motivational Interviewing, and will focus on refinement of existing MI skills. Participants will engage in learning through a blend of lecture, experiential exercises, and MI practice with feedback. Class size is limited.

This program has been approved by the Illinois Certification Board (d/b/a IAODAPCA) for 7 CEUs in the following categories:

Because of the advanced nature of this workshop, we want to ensure prior training and experience in the practice of MI. Please complete and return the workshop application to the Professional Development Program office by June 15, 2014. You may either save the form and submit by email to pdp@sssa.uchicago.edu. Or print and mail to the Professional Development Program office.

Early applications are encouraged. Applicants will be notified of their status no later than June 30, 2014.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Proficiently combine the core interviewing skills of MI, including informing and advising, to guide a conversation about change through the four processes of MI in various health and human service settings.
  2. Recognize, elicit, and strategically respond to change talk.
  3. Identify and apply strategies for responding to discord.
  4. Understand how to develop and implement opportunities for continued learning and practice in organizational/practice settings.

This workshop is sponsored in part by The Center for Health Administration Studies at The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration  and
The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3).


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About the Presenters

William R. MillerWilliam R. Miller, PhD is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. Fundamentally interested in the psychology of change, he has focused in particular on developing and evaluating methods for preventing and treating addictions. An ordained Presbyterian elder and deacon, he has also written extensively on the interface of psychology with spirituality and religion. He has published over 40 books and 400 professional articles and chapters, and has received numerous awards for excellence in clinical research. The Institute for Scientific Information lists him as one of the world’s most cited scientists.

Scott R. Petersen

Scott R. Petersen, LCSW, CAC-III is is a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) and a faculty member at the Center for Social Innovation in Boston, MA. In addition, he maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Denver, CO. Petersen has been working with people affected by mental illness, substance use, and trauma for more than 20 years as an outreach worker, case manager, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and program director. He is currently a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). A GSSW adjunct professor since 2011, he received the school's 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty. Prior to teaching at GSSW, he was a lecturer at The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

The Professional Development Program at SSA is a licensed State of Illinois provider of continuing education (CE) for social workers, clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors. One CEU is awarded for every classroom contact hour.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate should contact the Professional Development Program office at 773.702.1166 at least two weeks prior to the event.