Motivational Interviewing

Training for Beginners

Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based guiding style of communication that awakens an individual’s own motivation for change. 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 between the helper and the individual.


This collaborative and supportive style of communication is an alternative to communicating with an individual in a way that shames, blames, coerces and persuades when discussing the topic of change. When the spirit of motivational interviewing is applied, it can be an effective communication tool for helpers to support an individual in their growth and development.

Motivational interviewing is used by helping professionals in various settings, including:

  • Healthcare 

  • Corrections 

  • Social Services

  • Workplace

  • Coaching 

  • Addictions Treatment

Led by instructor Dr. Angela Dash, this 12 hour live virtual instructor-led training will include 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define Motivational Interviewing

  • Explain how the spirit and core skills of motivational interviewing can be used to support an individual’s growth and development by helping them to discover their own motivation for change in a supportive and collaborative way

  • Practice applying the skills of motivational interviewing

Attention Human Resources Professionals: The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®)  criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. This activity has been been pre-approved for 12 HR (General)  recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). Note: As of May 20, 2020, this pre-approval applies only to the July offering. Application for pre-approval for the August, September and October offerings, is pending.

Motivational Interviewing for Beginners

Upcoming Training Dates

July 7-8, 2020 | 10AM-5PM EDT | $297
Virtual Instructor-Led Training
Aug 4-5, 2020 | 10AM - 5PM EDT | $297
Virtual Instructor-Led Training
Sept 17-18, 2020 | 10AM - 5PM EDT | $297
Virtual Instructor-Led Training
Oct 20-21, 2020 | 10AM - 5PM EDT | $297
Virtual Instructor-Led Training
Attention Organizations
Would you like to request a private motivational interviewing training for your staff?

Now scheduling 100% live virtual offerings for the summer and fall of 2020.

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