Beyond "Just Do It" - Integrating Motivational Interviewing into Cognitive Behavior Therapy and other Evidence-Based Practices

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Mental health providers have at their disposal an array of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for a variety of disorders (e.g., depression, PTSD, OCD, etc.), including effective Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) protocols. However, there is a significant proportion of clients who have difficulties engaging in those EBPs. A motivational interviewing approach (MI) may help resolve ambivalence related to EBP engagement. MI is defined as a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change (Miller & Rollnick, 2012). Integrating and overlaying this MI style onto an EBP can help overcome engagement challenges (e.g., homework completion) and continue to move individuals in the direction of change. There is also value in using MI as a prelude to an EBP to shore up motivation and to facilitate engagement in the EBP. The purpose of this workshop will be to describe MI and introduce participants to some of the basic skills. In addition, we will discuss applications of MI in other disorders that are commonly comorbid with substance use disorders.



At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify treatment components associated with motivational interviewing.
  • Describe how motivational interviewing may enhance engagement and outcomes if used with other evidence-based practices, including cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Discuss opportunities that incorporate motivational interviewing into other evidence-based practices.


Intermediate -Advanced

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Overview: Extra Information

This course is designed for participants who have either:

  1. Have experience using motivational interviewing (MI) in a professional setting, or
  2. Have foundational knowledge of the following MI topics:
    • MI Spirit
    • The four processes of MI
    • Are familiar with MI micro skills (OARS)
    • Have an understanding of change talk
    • Have an understanding of how MI is different from stages of change

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 5
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units .5
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Substance Abuse Counselors - Continuing Education Credit Hours 5
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Marriage and Family Therapists - Continuing Education Credit Hours 5
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Social Workers - Continuing Education Credit Hours 5
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Licensed Professional Counselors 5

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Ashley Kuehl at ashley.kuehl@wisc.edu or 608-265-4267

Registration Questions?

Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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Meet your instructor

Michelle Drapkin

(PhD Rutgers) is a licensed psychologist, who has worked as a trainer and clinician for nearly 20 years. Her prior experience includes serving as National Motivational Enhancement Therapy Training Program Coordinator for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is currently the Owner/Director of the CBT Center of Central NJ LLC where she sees a limited number of patients in private practice. Michelle has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers for over 15 years. She has conducted MI training in a variety of settings and is an author of an upcoming client-facing book for New Harbinger publications using Motivational Interviewing to support positive behavior change.