People sitting at the Memorial Union Terrace next to Lake Mendota

Keynote and general sessions

Thursday, August 18: Afternoon general session with Suzanne EckMaahs

The MI ‘Lunch’ of Champions: Individualized MI Feedback

This phrase comes from my esteemed colleague and mentor, Dr. Theresa Moyers, a highly regarded and experienced MI researcher at the University of New Mexico — and, wow, is it true!  Imagine becoming truly skilled in music or sports without seeing/hearing yourself play, and/or not having a coach to guide you in the finer points. It would be impossible for most of us! Likewise, to become truly skilled in MI, one must take a close look at their own MI work and call in the strengths-based guidance of someone more skilled than themselves. If not, few of us reach a level of competency that will affect positive outcomes in our clients/patients.

This presentation will help you consider or reconsider why and how you can ensure this very important component of MI training and learning is in place for you and/or your organization.

Learning objectives:

  • Explain how people learn MI and why individualized awareness of strengths and challenge areas are vital for becoming competent
  • Describe why competency in MI is important if we are to affect outcomes in those we serve
  • Apply this knowledge to your learning path and/or to training model development within your agency

Friday, August 19: Morning plenary with Michelle Drapkin

Change “MI” Way: Making Motivational Interviewing Accessible to All

Dr. Michelle Drapkin brings together more than 20 years of experience training providers and organizational leaders, including leading one of the world’s largest Motivational Interviewing/Motivational Enhancement Therapy dissemination efforts in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and treating clients across a variety of settings to provide a framework to increase the accessibility of Motivational Interviewing. She will review the implementation and dissemination research related to MI/MET. She also will discuss client-facing approaches to engaging individuals in MI-based interventions.

Learning objectives:

  • Summarize MI/MET implementation and dissemination research
  • Identify organizational strategies to support MI dissemination and training
  • Review client-facing strategies for using MI independently