The Journey Together: Engaging Students Flexibly in Conversations About Work and Career

SVRI Innovation Inspiration Expo Presentation
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In this session you will learn about MEGI (Motivational Enhancement Group Intervention), an innovative Pre-Employment Transition Service. MEGI uses motivational interviewing strategies to engage students in self-discovery and career exploration conversations, with the aim of increasing their self-efficacy, self-determination, and self-advocacy skills. This session will provide description of MEGI, its development and how it has been implemented as part of Pre-ETS in VR programs in Oregon and Washington. We will also present qualitative and quantitative evaluation data and discuss paths of implementing MEGI in other states and contexts.

Meet the Presenters: 

Heather Lynch holds a MA in Counseling Psychology, is a Certified Workforce Development Specialist, Certified RehabilitationHeather Lynch photo Counselor and has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers since 2015. She has used and delivered training in Motivational Interviewing skills since 2006 and currently uses her MI skills in practice as a Rehabilitation Counselor Specialist in Bend, Oregon. Heather connected WIOA and Pre-ETS to the opportunity for MEGI in Oregon. After learning to facilitate MEGI with students in 2015, Heather has facilitated its use, delivery, and growth in Oregon for 5 years. Heather is an avid mountain-biker, Weimaraner adventure partner and loves to feed people. Contact info: 541-633-2048

C.J. Webb (she/her) has a bachelor’s in psychology with a focus on using dance as therapy for children withC.J. Webb photo disabilities. She is the Pre-Employment Transition Services Program Coordinator with Oregon’s Vocational Rehabilitation. She has worked with people with disabilities for over 30 years in various capacities. C.J. is a Person Centered Thinking Mentor trainer through The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices. She has been trained as a Motivational Enhancement Group Intervention (MEGI) Interventionist, in 2018, as well as on the path to become a MEGI facilitator to train others to become a MEGI Interventionist. C.J. also enjoys talking about employment success stories as well as assisting students to find their passion in their journey towards employment and careers. She also likes to backpack, garden and bake; her favorite accomplishment was hiking to the top of Mt. Whitney…twice. Contact info: 503-476-4979

Anya Sheftel, Ph.D. is a staff psychologist and testing coordinator at Palouse River Counseling and the owner of Sheftel Consulting,Anya Sheftel photo LLC. Since 2009 she worked as a motivational interviewing (MI) consultant with health and human service agencies. Dr. Sheftel integrates MI into her clinical work across a variety of presenting issues such as substance use, mental health, trauma, and post-secondary transition. Dr. Sheftel designed and implemented an intervention (Motivational Enhancement Group Intervention; MEGI) aimed at increasing high school students’ with disabilities vocational outcome expectations, self-determination, and self-efficacy. MEGI is currently being used in high schools and transition programs in Oregon and Washington. Contact info: 541-206-8720