Motivational Interviewing
ABOUT
Dr. Angela "Angie" Wood earned her MSW from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1992. She became a licensed clinical social worker in 1997. In 2006, she graduated with a Ph.D. in social work from Tulane University in New Orleans. Dr. Wood has worked in the field for over 25 years as a clinician, supervisor and director in settings such as outpatient substance abuse treatment centers, long and short-term inpatient, community mental health, in juvenile justice and in the court system. She has taught in adjunct positions including contributing faculty for Walden University's 100% online MSW program since 2013. Dr. Wood is currently the Field Coordinator and Instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University's undergraduate social work program. 

Dr. Wood became interersted in motivational interviewing in 2003 when she accepted a research assistant position with the New Orleans Practice Improvement Collaborative project, funded by SAMHSA through Tulane's School of Social Work. The collaborative (NOPIC) studied the dissemation of the motivational interviewing in the region's treatment community. Dr. Wood immediately became attached to this approach which so closely fit her own counseling style.

While there is no "certification" for motivational interviewing at this time, standards for training have been established through admission into the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Individuals who wish to become members must go through a rigourous application process including submission of audio evidence of the trainer's ability to apply MI techniques in a session.

Dr. Wood was trained by a MINTie in 2003, and began training juvenile justice staff (professionals and para-professionals working in the secure-care facility) in 2005. Since then she has trained practitioners from many different disciplines and virtually every kind of setting and population in health and behavioral health care. Dr. Wood became a MINT member in 2016.
Dr. Ralph Wood earned a M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1991 from Southerm Illinois University. He worked with TBI patients, and later treated adolescents with substance abuse issues. In 1999 he graduated with a Ph.D. in Health Education from Southern Illinois University, focusing on positive youth development and health behavior change. A tenured professor at Southeastern Louisiana University's Department of Health and Kinesiology, he became interested in motivational interviewing when Angie continued to focus on the approach in practice and through trainings. In 2015, he pursued an interest in health coaching and structured his health behavior change and health counseling courses around motivational interviewing principles and skills. 

He provides training to health educators, and oversees the Health Transitions Alliance (HTA) program at North Oaks Health Systems in Hammond, LA. The HTA provides health coaches to chronically medically ill patients who experience frequent use of the Emergency Department and hospitalization due to poor illness management. 
Drs. Ralph and Angie Wood have been married since 1991, and have a school-aged daughter, Harmony.