Motivational Interviewing

The Motivational Interviewing, or MI, Training is designed to bring a foundation of best practices and innovative approaches to human service providers.

According to the founders of MI, William Miller and Stephen Rollnick, “Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for, and commitment to, a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.”

MI is a powerful research based intervention that can be implemented regardless of the educational level of the service provider or staff person. MI is designed to strengthen a person's motivation for change. This training provides the foundation needed to implement MI effectively.


"I liked the interactive nature of the online course."

"The trainer's clinical experience was very engaging. The tone was set in a way that was welcoming and comfortable. Thanks!"

"This was great. I have had previous MI training, this being the most engaging. Thank you - the activities help. "

"Excellent presentation! Best part was practice session with observer at the end - that's what all MI trainings should provide."

"The trainer was very thorough and energetic. He kept the group engaged and discussed real world issues. There was never a dull moment. He was very knowledgeable."

"Awesome training. Really enjoyed this training. The best MI training I attended. Have additional tools to add and take back to fellow team members."

"The training was absolutely great. I will come away with knowledge on how I can better connect to my clients. The information given was valuable and can be very beneficial in the way I interview w/ my clients."


Motivational Interviewing Online courses are on-demand, self-paced, and average 30-45 minutes in length. Learners may stop mid-course and return to where they left off. Each course includes download-able tools and resources.

Continuing Education Credits (CECs)
  • MI Certificate - 8 hours/CECs
Online Motivational Interviewing (9 courses)
  • MI Basics
  • MI & Stages of Change
  • MI Step 1: Engage
  • MI & Harm Reduction
  • MI Step 2: Focus
  • MI Step 3: Evoke
  • MI & the Importance Ruler
  • MI Step 4: Plan
  • MI & Medical Adherence


In-Person Motivational Interviewing training can be customized to meet your needs. Trainers utilize a participant-centered workshop approach, which includes interactions and adult learning activities to maximize learning, retention, and application of workshop concepts. These approaches, combined with a mastery of the topic and research, allow delivery of in-depth subject matter in a practical manner, targeted to the needs of the specific audience. It can be presented as:

  • 75-90 minute workshop
  • Half-day training
  • Full-day training
  • Implementation support: Half or full day of facilitated implementation support and coaching, customized to the organization’s specific needs. Designed to support programs that have implemented the MI Online Training
  • Trainings can also be customized to focus on the particular needs of health care settings, behavioral health providers, homeless services, libraries, schools, prevention and outreach programs, and HIV service providers


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