(Self Study, 1 CE) Compassionate Conversations for Change

Deborah Rice, ATR-BC, LMHC, LCAT

Self-Study, 1.0 CE Contact Hours for LCATs and LMHCs in New York State


In this workshop we will explore the spirit and skills of Motivational Interviewing, focusing on the importance of Acceptance, Compassion, Partnership and Evocation when engaging in conversations around behavior change.


  • Participant will be able identify the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing.
  • Participants will be able to define the Skills used in Motivational Interviewing.
  • Participants will be able to identify one art therapy assessment that can be used in conjunction with Motivational Interviewing.

Course Curriculum



"The thorough review of MI and demonstrating the application with her work with clients was so helpful for me. I can see using the bridge directive with so many of my clients. Especially a couple who are having difficulty identifying where there are in life and the motivations for change."

- Clara Henderson

"I found learning about the Bridge Drawing Assessment and the presented client drawing examples to be most useful to me. Viewing her clinical examples of the bridges was good inspiration to use with clients."

- David Ruthers


Guest Presenter

Deborah Rice is a registered and board certified art therapist, licensed mental health counselor and licensed creative arts therapist. She has worked in nonprofit organizations, hospitals and schools throughout New York over the past 18 years, focusing on justice involved youth, medical illness, trauma and addiction. She is a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) providing trainings to organizations throughout New York City and is an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute. Additionally she has a private practice in Brooklyn where she works with adolescents and young adults to address addiction, change and mental wellness in an atmosphere of compassion and acceptance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I receive the certificate?
Certificates are automatically generated after you have taken an online assessment and course evaluation, and sent to the email you used to enroll in the program.
What if I have more questions?
Contact us at [email protected], and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

A reminder about self-study and continuing education:

In New York State, a self-study course can only equal 1/3 of the required contact hours for your license renewal. So, if your license renews in three years, you will require 36 continuing education contact hours, thus a maximum of 12 of those hours can be self-study. The rest of your contact hours must be live events.

If you have any problems or technical difficulties, please contact Briana MacWilliam at [email protected].

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Briana MacWilliam, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists; #CAT-0014, and is also an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors; #MHC-0224.

PLEASE NOTE: While some subject areas overlap in education, a course that includes art therapy directives does not qualify a counselor to practice art therapy, and similarly an art therapist is not qualified to practice as a counselor, without proper licensing. This is a completely self-directed course. Your continuing education contact hours will be attributed on the date that you submit the webform for your certificate of completion.