Motivational Interviewing


MI Training

MI Overview

MI Online Courses

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The Motivational Interviewing, or MI, Training is designed to bring a foundation of best practices and innovative approaches to human service providers.


According to the founders of MI, William Miller and Stephen Rollnick, “Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for, and commitment to, a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.”


MI is a critical tool for those in the helping professions. Many clients have substantial difficulty making changes around lifestyle and treatment, which are needed to live a healthy life. These courses are designed to provide all the information one needs to implement MI effectively with clients.

  • Online Training

    • MI Certificate
    • 9 courses
    • 8 Hours/Continuing Education Credits (CECs)
    • Online courses are self-paced, each lasting 20-40 minutes
    • Stop mid-course and return to where you left off
    • Includes downloadable tools and resources
  • In-Person Training

    • May be customized for the specific needs of the organization
    • 75-90 minute conference sessions
    • 1-2 full day in-person training
    • Experiential learning model
    • Printed tools and resources
  • Technical Assistance

    • In-person or web-based support
    • MI skill building
    • MI implementation support
    • MI pre/post assessment

1. MI Basics – Presents an overview of the basics of MI and the MI Series


2. MI & Stages of Change – Examines how helpers can utilize the Stages of Change, together with MI to help conceptualize the change process


3. MI Step 1: Engage – Demonstrates how to help clients see the need and possibilities for change


4. MI & Harm Reduction – Demonstrates how MI and Harm Reduction can be used together to better engage clients in care and to set up programs and clients for success


5. MI Step 2: Focus – Provides strategies to help clients focus in a way that promotes positive life changes


6. MI Step 3: Evoke – Offers strategies to bring out change talk which increases the likelihood that positive change will occur


7. MI & the Importance Ruler – Examines a key strategy that helpers can utilize to build client confidence and motivation to change


8. MI Step 4: Plan – Assists helpers to integrate MI language into treatment and service planning


9. MI & Medical Adherence – Provides research and strategies to maximize adherence and self-management through MI and other best practices



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"I liked the interactive nature of the online course."


"The trainer's clinical experience was very engaging. The tone was set in a way that was welcoming and comfortable. Thanks!"


"This was great. I have had previous MI training, this being the most engaging. Thank you - the activities help. "


"Excellent presentation! Best part was practice session with observer at the end - that's what all MI trainings should provide."


"The trainer was very thorough and energetic. He kept the group engaged and discussed real world issues. There was never a dull moment. He was very knowledgeable."


"Awesome training. Really enjoyed this training. The best MI training I attended. Have additional tools to add and take back to fellow team members."


"The training was absolutely great. I will come away with knowledge on how I can better connect to my clients. The information given was valuable and can be very beneficial in the way I interview w/ my clients."

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