2018 Tip of the Month

December 2018 “Tip of the Month”

Feedback Wheel

  • This skill is found in the Collaborative Case Plan curriculum.
  • It is an effective way of organizing the criminogenic needs, risks, and protective factors in a useful manner to give feedback to the client after the LSI has been completed.
  • For a quick review on how to the use Feedback Wheel, check out this month’s Tip of the Month video!

Feedback Wheel

Feedback Wheel Write Up

Example:  Client Bob Builder Feedback Wheel

Feedback Wheel (video)

November 2018 “Tip of the Month”

LSI-R SCORING – ITEM # 13 — Never employed for a full year — Jill was recently hired by a landscaping company. She has been working for this company for six (6) months. In the past, she worked at Miller Elementary School as a full time custodian for three (3) years. She also worked at Burger King part time while in High School. How would you score Item # 13?

LSI-R Scoring Item #13

October 2018 “Tip of the Month”

Importance/Confidence Ruler — Once we have learned to listen for Change Talk, we can help to resolve ambivalence by evoking it. In Motivational Interviewing, these are summarized using the acronym IQLEDGE.

Importance Confidence Ruler FLYER

Importance Confidence Ruler

Using the Importance Confidence Ruler (Video Example)

September 2018 “Tip of the Month”

Role Clarification

  • Benefits of Using Role Clarification
  • Role Clarification for Initial Sessions
  • Role Clarificaiton for Follow Up Sessions

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Role Clarification Audio Examples

August 2018 “Tip of the Month”

Dealing with Resistance:  Disclosing Feelings


“I’m getting a stuck feeling as we sit here.  And, I’m wondering whether you feel the same?”

Disclosing Feelings is a skill in Motivational Interviewing that helps resistance.  Read more …

Disclosing Feelings Audio Examples




July 2018 “Tip of the Month”

The Social Network Map is a tool for gathering peer and family information during an assessment interview.  Read more …

Click here to view a video recording on how to use the Social Network Map

Social Network Map Scenario

Social Network Map Blank Form

June 2018 “Tip of the Month”

Complex Reflections:  Simile and Metaphor — The main difference between simile and metaphor is that.  Read more…

Complex Reflections Examples

Audio recording of Complex Reflections Examples (please use MS PowerPoint 2013 or higher)

May 2018 “Tip of the Month”

DRUG PROBLEM? A history of drug abuse is a risk factor for criminal behavior.  Even though a defendant reports no problems with drug abuse, the final determination is made by the interviewer.  Read more…

Scenario for Items #38 and #40 (Drugs)

April 2018 “Tip of the Month”

Summary Score Sheet (click to download)

March 2018 “Tip of the Month”

(As the saying goes ….) TALK is CHEAP … UNLESS IT’S CHANGE TALK!

Using our MI principles (DEARS) and skills (OARS), a client in contemplation may benefit from your use of eliciting change talk methods, towards resolving their ambivalence and tipping the scales to commitment in changing their target behavior.  Read more…



February 2018 “Tip of the Month”

Amplifed Reflection: Increasing the intensity of the resistant element

An amplified reflection, reflects back what the person has said, but increases its intensity.  Usually, the resistant element that is intensified.  Read more…




January 2018 “Tip of the Month”

Is your client a social isolate? In the past twelve (12) months, has he or she lacked a significant, intimate and mutual relationship with a non-relative? Has he or she expressed difficulty meeting others, keeping friends, or getting along with people? Is your client unable to make friends because of a social or mental inability? Does your client socialize exclusively within his or her family? If the answer to any of these questions is YES, then congratulations, your client is a social isolate and scores as a risk for LSI-R item number 32!  Read more…