Motivational Interviewing, Level 1: Application in Diverse Settings

In this 2-day foundational course, learn what motivational interviewing (MI) is and why it works so well. Examine its theory and develop the foundational skills needed to use this complex communication style effectively. Videos and interactive exercises supplement your learning. This class prepares you for Level 2, the certificate course.

At a glance

What: Motivational Interviewing, Level 1: Application in Diverse Settings

When: MT, Mar 14-15, 9am-4pm

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI

Cost: $300

Continuing education credit: 12 hours (1.2 CEUs), 12 CECH (CHES) contact hours

Instructor: Laura Saunders

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For additional information, contact Flo Hilliard: 608-265-2679


Part of the UW-Madison Continuing Studies Professional Certificate of Completion in Motivational Interviewing (MI), this 2-day exposure training provides a background on MI theory and research, including how and why behavior change occurs. MI is contrasted with other methods of behavior change. Learners are introduced to the basic practice elements of MI, including the spirit (partnership, evocation, acceptance, compassion), OARS skills (open questions, affirmation, reflection, summary) and fundamental processes (engaging, focusing, evoking, planning). Engaging will be the featured MI process in this workshop. Through discussion, videos, and experiential exercises, learners will begin developing their MI skills.

Learning objectives

  • Identify the elements of practice
  • Identify change-talk as an active ingredient of MI
  • Observe MI and begin developing person-centered OARS skills

How earning the certificate works

At the conclusion of the Level 1 training, participants who want to earn the certificate will submit for review an audio recording of an MI session with a co-learning peer. Thirty-five applicants will be accepted into Level 2: Advancing Practice.

Questions? Email Flo Hilliard or call 608-265-2679.