Motivational Interviewing, Level 1: Application in Diverse Settings

Learn what Motivational Interviewing (MI) is and why it works so well. Examine MI theory, develop foundational skills you need to effectively use this complex communication style, and gain the experience to be prepared for the Level 2 certificate course. Videos and interactive exercises supplement your learning; training materials are provided via an online learning site.

At a glance

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

When: Thu-Fri, Mar 15-16, 9am-4pm

Where: Pyle Center, Room 209, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI

Cost: $350

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

Instructor: Laura Saunders

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For additional information, contact HANNAH WAGNER: 608-265-4267

Spring 2018 MI Flyer.pdf
Approved CE hours for social workers, counselors, therapists, psychologists, and more

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 Hannah Wagner at or call 608-265-4267.