Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centered, directive method of communication that enhances a person's motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. The original application of MI was in working with persons with substance use disorders. Now, there are outcome studies showing the effectiveness of MI with myriad lifestyle changes ranging from increasing medication compliance to following a diabetic diet.
Motivational Interviewing 1: Theory and Practice
This workshop is for people who want to understand the theory behind MI including the how and why of lifestyle or behavior changes. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of MI and what it can do for their patients/clients and agency.
- Gain understanding of the fundamental principles and spirit of MI
- Experience directly the MI approach and contrast it to others
- Observe and practice empathetic counseling skills
- Experience MI as a style for meeting resistance
Apr 10 | $150 | Register online»
Motivational Interviewing 2: Integrating into Current Practice
This workshop is for people who want to become skilled in the specifics of applying motivational interviewing in their practice.
- Learn the fundamental client language cues (change talk and resistance) and how to work with them
- Practice MI as a style for meeting resistance
- Strengthen empathetic counseling skills
- Understand the directive aspects of MI
Apr 11 | $150 | Register online»
Motivational Interviewing 3: Skill Building for Advanced Practice
This is a highly experiential workshop for professionals who have completed basic MI training. Advance your learning and your skill level in MI techniques with a variety of clients.
- Summarize client cues for readiness to move towards change planning
- Deeper level practice of MI specific responses to resistance, change, and sustain talk
- Through experiential role plays analyze and rate your adherence to MI according to the MITI 3.1 (Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity Scale)
- Complete an audiotape recording of an MI session (after the workshop) and receive individualized feedback and coaching to advance your proficiency
May 10 | $200 | Register online»
Laura Saunders, MSSW, was trained by Drs. William Miller, Stephen Rollnick and Theresa Moyers, founders and front-runners in the MI movement. Saunders is a MINT, (Motivational Interviewing Network Trainer), an internationally recognized group of MI trainers. She has practiced and taught Motivational Interviewing for more than 12 years and has numerous research publications.
Saunders has trained diverse groups of professionals including health care practitioners, teachers, school counselors, county human service providers and college students. She also teaches an online MI course for The Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England.
Currently, she is a senior counseling manager in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She trains and monitors the clinical practice of over 20 health educators who deliver services for the Wisconsin Screening Brief Intervention Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) project, Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL).
Scott Caldwell, MA, has trained professionals working with youth in health care, schools, juvenile justice, and human services. He is a licensed substance abuse counselor who has worked in the field for more than 15 years. Scott currently conducts alcohol/drug screening, assessment, brief intervention (University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics), and outpatient treatment (Connections Counseling) with adolescents and their caregivers. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).
Comments from past participants
"This is the best, most relevant training I've attended in years."
"Laura has the MI spirit for sure."
"Very well done, very thorough."
Schedule: Check-in begins at 8:30 am. Classes are 9:00 am-4:00 pm (includes one-hour lunch break).
Location: The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI. Parking information will be sent with your enrollment confirmation. The building is accessible to people with disabilities.
Fees: $150 Motivational Interviewing 1 and 2; $200
Motivational Interviewing 3. Includes instruction, CEU’s,
materials, and nonrefundable $20 administrative fee.
Registration deadlines: Early registration is recommended. All registrations are confirmed in writing; if you do not receive our confirmation, please call 608-262-2451 or 800-725-9692.
Cancellation policy: If you are unable to attend or arrange for a substitute, you may obtain a refund minus the $20 administrative fee by contacting our registration department at least 3 business days prior to the program. If you cancel 3 business days or less before the program, or do not attend, you are responsible for the entire fee. To cancel or arrange for a substitute, please call 800-725-9692.
Accommodations: Please make your own travel and lodging arrangements. Maps and information on lodging and parking are sent with your registration confirmation. Information about overnight accommodations can also be found on our information page.
Approved Hours/Continuing Education Credits: 0.6 CEU = 6 hours of professional continuing education per class.
Social Workers: The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professional Development and Applied Studies, (PDAS), (provider number #1042) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), (800-225-6880) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. PDAS maintains responsibility for the program.
WI, IA, MI and MN Boards of Social Work recognize ACE programs.
IL Registered Social Worker Continuing Education Sponsor #159.000243.
Counselors: PDAS is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. PDAS adheres to NBCC continuing education guidelines (Provider #5990).
WI Psychologists, and Marriage and Family Therapists: Qualifies as an accredited university continuing education course relevant to professional practice.
WI Substance Abuse Counselors: Qualifies as a continuing education course consisting of relevant subject matter taught by qualified presenters.
Educators: This program may qualify towards your Professional Development Plans (PDPs).
Other professions: Completion of each program qualifies for continuing education hours. Contact your own board or organization for specific continuing education requirements.
For more information contact: Flo Hilliard, 608-265-2679 or email email@example.com
By phone: Call 608-262-7942 or 800-725-9692.
By mail: Print, complete and mail the Continuing Studies registration form.Online registration: Secure online registration is available for these programs. Select below.
- Motivational Interviewing 1: Theory and Practice (April 10, 2013)
- Motivational Interviewing 2: Integrating into Current Practice (April 11, 2013)
- Motivational Interviewing 3: Skill Building for Advanced Practice (May 10. 2013)