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Attention Organizations

Would you like The Pace Institute to provide a virtual or on-site motivational interviewing training for your team?

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Introduction to Motivational Interviewing:
The Spirit and the Skills

Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based guiding style of communication that awakens an individual’s own motivation for change and taking action. It is an effective communication tool for helpers to support an individual in their growth and development. It is a way of talking about change with someone who is ambivalent about change, in a collaborative and supportive way. 


While leaning on the MI spirit of partnership, acceptance, compassion and evocation, the helper skillfully uses open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections and summaries, in a way that reduces communication roadblocks, strengthens self-efficacy, raises awareness, and elicits an individual's own argument for change, including their own argument for taking action.

This collaborative and supportive style of communication prioritizes trust and rapport building, supporting over persuading, guiding over directing, and promoting the well-being of the other person rather than prioritizing our own self-interest when our role is to support them in taking steps toward their targeted change goal.  

The application of motivational interviewing is broad and successfully used by professionals in various settings, including:

  • Coaching

  • Corrections

  • Counseling

  • Education

  • Healthcare 

  • Social Services

  • Workplace


​This ten-hour training includes video demonstrations, participant role plays, reflective practice, group discussions and small group activities. This training does not include coaching or the supervised practice of skills. This is for beginners who are seeking to understand and explore an alternative style of communicating when helping an individual to strengthen their personal motivation for and commitment to a specific change goal.

Dr. Angela Dash with Dr. Bill Miller, co-founder of Motivational Interviewing
2019 Member Forum, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers in Tallin, Estonia
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Angela Dash is the President of The Pace Institute and has over 25 years as a helping professional. She is a professional coach who is credentialed through the International Coaching Federation and incorporates motivational interviewing in her coaching practice. As a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), Dr. Dash also trains other helping professionals in motivational interviewing. MINT is an international organization committed to promoting high-quality motivational interviewing practice and training and whose membership is granted only after an extensive peer review and evaluation of training and practice as well as successful completion of an approved training for trainers' course.

Sample Two-Day Agenda


Day One 

  • What is MI?

  • History and Application of MI

  • Understanding and Responding to Ambivalence

  • The Spirit of MI

  • The Process of MI


Day Two

  • MI Demonstration

  • MI Tools, Techniques, and Strategies

  •  MI Demonstration

  • MI Practice

  • Final Reflection

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