Motivational Interviewing


Motivational Interviewing

A workshop for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, staff nurses, school nurses, social workers, psychologists, case managers, physicians, physician assistants, health educators and other interest helping professionals.

People often have conflicting feelings about making behavior changes. They have mixed beliefs and feelings about the good and not-so-good elements. Change involves more than simply giving people new information. Instead, it is more effective to engage in a short conversations 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 behaviors by using a person-centered approach to help people to prepare for change by looking at and resolving their ambivalence and by focusing on "Change Talk," the personal ability/reasons/need/desire to make changes. MI was developed by Bill Miller and Steve Rollnick in their book, Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change.

MI creates a partnership between health professionals and their patients/clients, enabling them to work together as “co-experts” towards shared goals.

  • MI helps people identify their own motivation for making lifestyle changes.
  • MI is the opposite of telling people what to do and how to do it.
  • MI activates discussion about change and minimizes talk about being stuck in unhealthy habits.
  • MI involves specific measurable skills designed to create effective interactions.

This workshop offers practical tools to enhance your skills and confidence working people making behavior changes in health care, mental health, substance abuse or life decisions. Some examples include:

  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Medication adherence
  • Diabetes management
  • Depression
  • Parenting
  • Educational decisions
  • Substance use
  • Tobacco use

This workshop provides practical skills for engaging people in the process of change and guiding them to find solutions. Teaching methods include lecture, demonstration, discussion, skill development and case study analysis.

Course Objectives

After attending this workshop, you will be better able to:

  • Describe how motivational interviewing skills fit into the helping profession
  • Identify opportunities to employ motivational interviewing skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize patient/client “change talk.”
  • Describe motivational interviewing strategies for providing education that minimizes resistance.
  • Describe the difference between praise and affirmation in motivation.
  • Develop beginning competency in M.I. and leave with a plan to practice and increase skills over time.

Upcoming Training

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

Early 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 CoMotion (University of Washington) with training logistics and information.

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

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.

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


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