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Published on Friday, April 12, 2024

How to Support Clients in COVID-19 Vaccine Decision Making

Event date: 6/13/2024 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Export event

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5 Free CEs


This interactive training will introduce motivational interviewing (MI) and Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), and how these evidence-based modalities can be effectively deployed to help guide collaborative conversations with clients about COVID-19 vaccine decision-making.

MI is a collaborative conversation approach that develops and strengthens a client’s motivation for and commitment to change around health-related behavior(s). The MI framework recognizes the client as the expert in their own lived experience. Research on MI has demonstrated its benefits with marginalized populations who have not necessarily received equitable and affirming experiences in care and health settings. Topics will include the MI spirit and MI core skills to help clients resolve ambivalence towards positive change. The training will also introduce SBIRT, a five-step model for working with clients with substance use disorders which can be adapted for use in supporting vaccine decision making.

The training is provided through Connect to End COVID-19, an initiative of NASW, the NASW Foundation and the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information about this effort, visit NASW National Office's page.

About the Presenters:

Lloyd Berg, Ph.D. is a clinical associate professor and division chief of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a clinical associate professor appointment in the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

Anna Mangum, MSW, MPH has 20 years of experience as a senior leader of numerous national health and mental health organizations, where she has championed health equity, access and quality of care. She is currently Senior Health Strategist at the Health Behavior Research and Training Institute at the University of Texas/Austin. Previously, Ms. Mangum was Chief of Programs at the National Association of Social Workers, where she oversaw public policy, practice and professional development, and the implementation of numerous public and private grants. Prior to that role, Ms. Mangum was Vice President of Programs and Strategy at 340B Health, advocating on behalf of safety net hospitals, and Director of Business Development at the National Committee for Quality Assurance, which measures and reports on the quality of the nation’s health plans. She served as a congressional aide covering social policy in the U.S. House of Representatives and created and maintained a consultancy providing program design and evaluation services on a variety of public health initiatives including HIV/AIDS prevention in AIAN communities and cancer prevention among Latinas. She also provided psychosocial services to patients at Stanford Medical Center. Ms. Mangum earned her MSW and MPH from the University of California at Berkeley and her BA in Comparative Literature and Psychology from the University of Virginia. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Sweden.


Workshop information

  • The zoom link and handouts will be sent to you prior to the workshop
  • You will be sent a demographics survey to be completed a week before the workshop
  • The training will not be recorded. Space is limited so please do not register unless you can definitely attend.
  • Questions? Email Lynn -


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