Motivational Interviewing


Motivational Interviewing

People often have conflicting feelings about their unhealthy behaviors. Change involves more than simply giving people new information.  Instead, it is more effective to create a short conversation that quickly helps someone find their personal reasons for change. Numerous studies show that Motivational Interviewing (MI) is one of the most promising ways of helping people to change behavior.

This training offers practical tools to enhance your treatment of people with acute or chronic medical problems, mental illnesses, and substance abuse issues, with a special emphasis on areas such as:

  • medication adherence 
  • physical activity 
  • drug and alcohol use 
  • smoking 
  • diet/nutrition issues 

Motivational Interviewing uses a person-centered approach that helps people to prepare for change by looking at and resolving their ambivalence about the change. MI was developed by Bill Miller and Steve Rollnick in their book, Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change. Didactic instruction, demonstration, discussion, and practice with feedback are combined in an energetic, adult-learning environment. Over 200 randomized controlled trials of MI have been conducted for the behaviors listed above. Overall, MI seems to work as well as comparison treatments for these behaviors—but in less time.

Course Objectives

  • Describe a conceptual model for enhancing client motivation and reducing resistance 
  • Discuss why confrontational interventions often fail 
  • Describe the principles and the strategies of MI 
  • Demonstrate beginning competence in MI skills and techniques for use with their clients 
  • Recognize “change talk” and practice skills to elicit it 
  • Describe strategies to respond effectively to resistance

Upcoming Training

November 12-13, 2015
Fluke Hall - University of Washington
Seattle, WA

registration fee: $395 if received by October 16, 2015
Late registration fee: $445 if received after October 16, 2015

For more information please download our brochure.

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Online Registration 

NOTE: Online registration is for Visa or MasterCard payments only. 

Once you have completed registration you will receive an Order Confirmation email from University of Washington's CoMotion. You will also receive a separate registration confirmation email from Zandra Grissom of Training Xchange (University of Washington) with training logistics and information.

If you do not receive an email confirmation within 7 business days please contact Training Xchange.

Costs incurred by the registrant, such as airfare and hotel, are the responsibility of the registrant.

To pay by check or UW Budget number please contact us.

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This program has been approved by the NASW Washington State Chapter.   

Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible.

Provider number: 1975-375

To receive credit you will need to complete an online evaluation form which will be emailed after the training. 

NOTE: The fee for the certificate is included in the registration price. 


  • Jonnae Tillman, BA - Continuing Education Specialist, Training Xchange, CoMotion, University of Washington
  • Eddie Edmondson, LICSW - Trainer, Training Xchange, CoMotion, University of Washington; Psychotherapist, Private Practice