Motivational Interviewing, Level 2: Advancing Practice in Motivational Interviewing

Limited to 35 participants

Building on the Level 1 training, the certificate course allows you to work with your fellow students to enhance and deepen your skills and to earn a Professional Certificate of Completion in Motivational Interviewing. The trainers provide detailed feedback and coaching for each learner. Training materials are provided via an online learning site and the registration fee includes a printed Motivational Interviewing workbook distributed on day one of this course.

At a glance

What: Motivational Interviewing, Level 2: Advancing Practice in Motivational Interviewing

When: Mon-Tue & Fri, Apr 16-17 & Jun 1, 9am-4pm

Where: Pyle Center, Days 1-2: Room 226 Day 3: Room 209, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI

Cost: $490 includes Motivational Interviewing Text

Continuing education credit: 18 hours (1.8 CEUs), 18 CECH (CHES) contact hours

Scott Caldwell
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 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 Hannah Wagner at or call 608-265-4267.