Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based approach that provides leaders with concrete tools for facilitating behavioral change and addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change. Through a collaborative, conversation style, MI focuses on strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change.

Our foundational training on Motivational Interviewing, designed to be highly emotionally and intellectually engaging, aims to:

  • Introduce participants to the underlying spirit of MI
  • Increase participants’ proficiency in the use of the four technical skills (OARS)
  • Introduce participants to change talk

This introductory MI training is adapted for the organizational setting and supports managers and leaders in using MI techniques in the context of their supervisory roles. In addition to the above aims, this introductory training also helps managers and leaders distinguish when it is ethical and unethical to use MI with supervisees, given the unique context of the workplace setting.

Discovering Motivational Interviewing: An Introduction
This training is appropriate for professionals/professionals-in-training who have had no prior or some exposure to Motivational Interviewing techniques. People whose work involves helping clients achieve behavior change, ( i.e. mental health clinicians, counselors, coaches, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, case workers, outreach workers, dietitians, therapists, clergy, personal trainers, etc.) will benefit most from this intensive Motivational Interviewing training.

During the introductory Motivational Interviewing training we will review all you need to know about the underlying theory and principles of MI. Through the use of presentations, videos, highly interactive exercises and demonstrations, the trainer will guide participants in learning the technique, style and spirit of Motivational Interviewing.

All participants in the Motivational Interviewing training will have ample opportunity to practice their motivational interviewing skills with the support of the trainer, using “real plays”. With participants consent, participants will receive individualized coaching on how to use the Motivational Interviewing OARS skills.

Intermediate Motivational Interviewing Workshop
The Intermediate Motivational Interviewing Workshop (16 hours) is aimed at professionals and graduate students who have completed 12-16 hours of introductory MI. Participants attending the training should have a clear understanding of the theoretical foundation and principles of the MI approach, the elements that make up the MI spirit, and the MI technique (O.A.R.S). The Intermediate MI workshop will be a highly experiential training focused on increasing participants comfort and confidence with using the MI techniques (O.A.R.S) within all 4 of the processes (Engage, Focus, Evoke, Plan). Participants will also increase proficiency in their ability to recognize, evoke, and respond to change talk. This workshop is focused on building participants current skill level and providing ample opportunity to practice and advance MI skills. Additionally participants will have the opportunity to learn and interact with other professionals.

Wonderful! This was my first time going to therapy. I felt comfortable immediately and made a great deal of progress in a short period of time.


Jay | MI Participant

Names changed of actual clients