Tara McCune, M.A., CMHC (UT), LPCC (NM) LMHC (MA), has practiced as a mental health clinician for the past 7 years with extensive experience in addiction recovery support and bilingual therapy. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She has experience working in schools, community agencies, healthcare clinics, homeless shelters, and on research projects.
She feels very honored to have listened to many unique human stories in an attempt to support people from various backgrounds and life views. She has consistently used her MI skills within her work with individuals concerned about their drug and alcohol use and has noticed the increased client engagement when such skills are used effectively. This, in turn, has resulted in an apparent decrease in her own experience of professional burn out, and has increased her optimism and understanding of the change process.
It is with her observance of the effectiveness of such skills in creating safety, collaboration, and progress (what the client sees as such) that she now feels compelled to teach MI skills to others for the benefit of the client, the provider, and the systems in which they exist. She would like to encourage the sustainable use of MI within systems, focusing on the quality of skill retention rather than the quantity of training workshops.
She focuses on local, personalized training for agencies in the Utah County and Salt Lake County regions. As an avid traveler, she is also interested in working with systems in other states and other countries.