100% Virtual

Motivational Interviewing

Training for Beginners

Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based guiding style of communication that awakens an individual’s own motivation for change and 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 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 doesn't use shame, blame, coercion and persuasion when discussing the topic of change.

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

  • Healthcare 

  • Corrections

  • Education

  • Social Services

  • Workplace

  • Coaching 

  • Counseling

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

  • Understand the history and application of motivational interviewing 

  • Explain the benefits of motivational interviewing

  • Identify the spirit and core skills of motivational interviewing, including how they 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 spirit and core skills of motivational interviewing

Instructor: Angela Dash, PhD, PCC 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 Coach 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.









Additional MI Virtual Training Offerings


Intermediate Training (1-Day): This training is for participants who have completed an introductory MI training and will advance their practice of the core skills by introducing participants to various micro strategies of cultivating change talk and softening sustain talk, while anchoring in the MI spirit and process. Participants will be introduced to a tool for conducting peer evaluation and will practice with this tool in small group real play exercises. In addition to small group exercises, this training includes lecture, video demonstration, group discussion and reflection.

Group Coaching Session for Supervisors (1-Day): This group coaching session is for supervisors who have completed an introductory and intermediate MI training. In an intimate group session, supervisors will learn how to assess MI inherent and non-inherent behaviors and how to best support their staff in their MI growth using an MI approach.  


To inquire about scheduling a group training for your staff/group, contact adash@thepaceinstitute.com.

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Dr. Angela Dash with Dr. Bill Miller, founder of Motivational Interviewing
2019 Member Forum, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers in Tallin, Estonia
Attention Organizations
Would you like The Pace Institute to provide a motivational interviewing training for your staff?

Now scheduling 100% live virtual offerings for the spring and summer of 2021.

Send inquiries to adash@thepaceinstitute.com