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 workshop 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 Offerings

Foundational Training


  • Jonnae Tillman, BA - Clinical Director, The Innovative Programs Research Group, School of Social Work, University of Washington
  • Eddie Edmondson, LICSW - Manager, Training Xchange, Center for Commercialization, University of Washington; Psychotherapist, Private Practice