Motivational Interviewing, Level 2: Certificate Course

Limited to 35 participants

Building on Level 1, this course features collaborative work with fellow students to enhance and deepen your skills and to earn a Certificate of Advanced Training in MI Training. Course presenters provide detailed feedback reviews and coaching for each learner.

At a glance

What: Motivational Interviewing, Level 2: Certificate Course

When: MTM, Apr 18-19; May 16, 9am-4pm

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

Cost: $450

Continuing education credit: 18 hours (1.8 CEUs)

Scott Caldwell
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 3-day training emphasizes continued skill building. Each student develops an individualized learning plan based on feedback.

Learning objectives

  • Define the benchmarks of proficient practice
  • Create an individual learning plan and a pathway toward MI proficiency
  • Demonstrate experience with focusing sessions and directive use of OARS skills
  • Develop a change plan with clients
  • Conceptualize follow-up sessions with clients to track outcomes

What you’ll gain

Days 1-2: Advancing Practice in MI

Each learner receives individualized feedback based on their baseline audio-recorded sample. The focus of this training period is assisting learners to develop complex reflective listening skills and to practice recognizing, eliciting, and responding to change talk. Of the 4 MI processes, focusing and evoking are featured. Learners complete and submit the 2nd audio recording of MI practice at the end of day 2.

  • Understand and interpret individualized feedback
  • Identify change talk language cues
  • Continue to develop reflective listening skills
  • Experience in using MI strategies to elicit change talk

Day 3: Integrating MI into Practice: Improving client outcomes

This final training day focuses on the integration of MI into practice. Planning is featured, including developing a change goal, supporting plan, and commitment. Learners receive individualized feedback from their audio-recorded practice sample (from the end of the 2nd training day), then revise their learning plan as appropriate. This workshop provides learners opportunities to reflect on their MI practice to date and offers a menu of options for specific skill-building activities. Learners conceptualize how to measure and track key clinical outcomes influenced by MI. Participants audio-record a real session after the workshop and submit the recording the trainers electronically. Feedback is provided to each learner via email.

  • Based on baseline and second practice sample results, revise practice goals and the learning plan
  • Consider ways to continue integrating and learning MI

How earning the certificate works

Upon completion of the 5 classes and 3 audio recordings comprising Levels 1 and 2, students will earn a Professional Certificate of Completion in Motivational Interviewing from UW-Madison Continuing Studies.

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