Berlin MINT Workshop

Drs. Erin Smith and Barbara Nightingale Participate in the 

2015 MINT Training of New Trainers (TNT) Conference in Berlin


Erin Smith, MD, a PGY-4 resident, and Barbara Nightingale, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine, were among a select group of physicians invited to participate in the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) Training of New trainers (TNT) workshop and annual meeting that recently took place in Berlin, Germany.  Selection is based on the physician?s proficiency in delivering motivational interviewing and the range of their specific skills based on a written application and review of a recorded work sample.

Dr. Smith is currently a PGY-4 resident in the General Adult Track. Her main area of interest is addiction psychiatry and perinatal psychiatry. Additional interests include psychotherapy, in particular motivational interviewing and psychodynamic psychotherapy, as well as teaching and writing.  She is a member of the AACE track and for her scholarly project, created a motivational interviewing-based educational initiative for women at Magee Hospital around post-partum depression. Outcomes studied included retention in treatment and patient satisfaction.

Dr. Nightingale is a graduate of the combined Family Medicine/Psychiatry residency program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC and was appointed to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine faculty in 2015.  As a resident, she was active in the Academic Administrator Clinician Educator (AACE) track where she provided training in brief motivational interviewing strategies to Family Medicine residents, specifically around management of diabetes, and further assessing their learning of the principals of this technique.

The Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) is an international organization of trainers from diverse backgrounds that apply motivational interviewing in a variety of settings.  The goal of the network is to improve the quality and effectiveness of counseling and consultations with clients about behavior change. Established in 1997, the network has grown to represent 35 countries.