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Motivational Interviewing


Motivational Interviewing is a goal-directed, client-centered counseling approach for eliciting behavioral change by helping clients explore and resolve ambivalence. This is a series of skill-sharing sessions that will provide a basic introduction to Motivational Interviewing. This advanced action-based learning course will focus on direct practice and implementation of Motivational Interviewing techniques. Using the video material and supplemental handouts, along with lecture, role-playing practice and group discussion, this course will lay a foundation for participants to begin to develop their clinical skills in helping people accomplish change and help resolve ambivalence. Emphasis will be given to practical application of therapy techniques and troubleshooting difficult and challenging clinical circumstances across a variety of practice settings and populations. The intersection of interpersonal practice and MI in particular with the realities of structural racism and implicit bias will be woven into the fabric of the course.


  • Identify applications of motivational interviewing.
  • Describe cultural considerations for motivational interviewing.
  • Describe basic motivational interviewing principles and theories.
  • Describe motivational interviewing engagement skills.
  • Apply motivational interviewing engagement skills in practice.
  • Describe evoking skills in motivational interviewing.
  • Apply evoking skills in practice.
  • Describe planning skills for motivational interviewing.
  • Apply planning skills for motivational interviewing.
  • Define ambivalence.
  • Describe focusing skills in motivational interviewing.
  • Apply focusing skills in motivational interviewing.
  • Apply feedback from role-play exercises to practice.
  • Describe considerations for addressing implicit bias with motivational interviewing.
  • Identify social justice considerations for use of motivational interviewing in practice.


November 1, 20215:00pm - 5:30pmIntroductions
November 1, 20215:30pm - 6:00pmCourse objectives and logistics
November 1, 20216:00pm - 6:30pmCultural disclosures
November 1, 20216:30pm - 7:00pmMI and culture
November 1, 20217:00pm - 8:00pmMI basic principles
November 1, 20217:30pm - 8:00pmMI basic principles part 2
November 8, 20215:00pm - 5:30pmRole play example
November 8, 20215:30pm - 6:00pmEngaging skills part 1
November 8, 20216:00pm - 6:30pmEngaging skills practice 1
November 8, 20216:30pm - 7:00pmEngaging skills 2
November 8, 20217:00pm - 7:30pmEngaging skills practice 2
November 8, 20217:30pm - 8:00pmEngaging skills: discussion
November 15, 20215:00pm - 5:30pmRole play example
November 15, 20215:30pm - 6:00pmEngaging skills part 3
November 15, 20216:00pm - 6:30pmEngaging skills practice 3
November 15, 20216:30pm - 7:00pmEngaging skills part 4
November 15, 20217:00pm - 7:30pmEngaging skills practice 4
November 15, 20217:30pm - 8:00pmDiscussion of engaging skills to date
November 22, 20215:00pm - 5:30pmRole play example
November 22, 20215:30pm - 6:30pmEvoking skills explanation
November 22, 20216:00pm - 6:30pmEvoking skills explanation 2
November 22, 20216:30pm - 7:00pmFocusing and planning skills explanation
November 22, 20217:00pm - 8:00pmExperiential practice and discussion
November 22, 20217:30pm - 8:00pmExperiential practice and discussion 2
November 29, 20215:00pm - 8:00pmReal plays/discussion
November 29, 20215:30pm - 6:00pmReal plays/discussion 2
November 29, 20216:00pm - 6:30pmReal plays/discussion 3
November 29, 20216:30pm - 7:00pmReal plays/discussion 4
November 29, 20217:00pm - 7:30pmReal plays/discussion 5
November 29, 20217:30pm - 8:00pmReal plays/discussion 6
webinar (synchronous interactive)


  • 11/1/2021 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • 11/8/2021 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • 11/15/2021 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • 11/22/2021 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • 11/29/2021 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

CE Contact Hours

  • 15 regular live interactive online

Skill Level



  • Daniel T. DeSena





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