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Motivational Interviewing for High-Functioning Autism in Adulthood: An Insider’s Perspective

Join autism expert Sean Inderbitzen, APSW, MINT, as he teaches you—from an insider’s perspective— how to use Motivational Interviewing techniques (MI) with your adult clients on the autism spectrum.

In this rare opportunity, Sean will guide you through MI techniques that will help your clients improve: 

  • Anxiety and depression 
  • Social pragmatics 
  • Communication 
  • Self-esteem  
  • Emotion identification 
  • Intrinsic motivation 
  • “Black” and “white” thinking 
  • Navigating ambiguity 
  • Find what changes to pursue  
  • Resistance to change 

Learning effective techniques from a clinician on the spectrum will give you the essential skills and perspective you need to help your clients overcome the treatment obstacles that can impede the therapy they desperately need.

Stop feeling frustrated, ineffective and perpetually stuck at square one in therapy—PURCHASE TODAY! 


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Sean Inderbitzen, APSW, MINT
1 Hour 31 Minutes
Apr 23, 2021
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This online program is worth 1.75 hours CPD.



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Sean Inderbitzen, APSW, MINT, is a therapist and member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers who uses Motivational Interviewing in his practice with adults with co-occurring mental health disorders and autism. Sean is on the autism spectrum himself, giving those he teaches the unique opportunity to learn how treatments can be used most effectively from the perspective of both a clinician and a person with autism.

Being a regular lecturer, it is his mission to teach professionals who treat individuals with autism and comorbid psychiatric conditions the skills and perspective needed to help clients overcome the treatment obstacles that can impede the therapy they desperately need.

Sean was appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin to the Statewide Independent Living Council of Wisconsin and is currently pursuing his doctorate at Tulane University School of Social Work. He earned his Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Case Western Reserve University and is a member of the National Association of Dual Diagnosis.

Speaker Disclosure:
Financial: Sean Inderbitzen is a therapist and member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Sean Inderbitzen is an adult who is on the autism spectrum.

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  1. Justify the importance of using person-centred strategies with ASD patients.
  2. Utilize MI to integrate understanding of pragmatic language skills, motivation and depressive symptoms.
  3. Employ MI strategies such as flipping the righting reflex, menu of options type questions and OARS to treat anxiety and depression in adults with HFA.


  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) and ASD: What the Research Says 
    • Matching developmental freedom and personal autonomy: Activity 
    • Recommendations for balancing safety and autonomy 
    • Person-centred strategies and their impact on patients with ASD 
    • Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) and MI  
  • MI Techniques for Improving Pragmatic Language 
    • Exercise on social pragmatics and depression (Thomas Gordon’s process) 
    • Case study: Social pragmatics and meaning-making 
    • Social pragmatics and its effect on self-esteem and motivation 
    • Help clients navigate ambiguity 
    • Decreasing “black” and “white” thinking patterns 
    • Increasing clients ability to identify reasons for change and build motivation 
    • Responding to change talk in HFA 
    • Hacks for social pragmatics 
  • MI Strategies for Treating Anxiety and Depression 
    • Recognize “black” and “white” thinking patterns 
    • Open-ended questions, Affirmations, Reflections and Summaries (OARS) 
    • Cultivate change talk for motivation: Case example 
    • OARS real play activity 
    • Flipping the righting reflex demonstration 
    • Evoking confidence for change in HFA: Exercise 
    • Menu of Options – using closed-ended questions 
    • MI risk and limitations in ASD population 

Target Audience

  • Addiction Professionals 
  • Case Managers 
  • Dieticians 
  • Licensed Clinical/Mental Health Counselors 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Nurses 
  • Nursing Home/Assisted Living Administrators 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants 
  • Physical Therapists 
  • Psychologists 
  • School Administrators 
  • Social Workers 
  • Speech-Language Pathologists 
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel 



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 1


Dolores S

"Sean's presentation was very well done. I enjoyed the program. "

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