Motivational Interviewing

The Motivational Interviewing (MI) training series 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."


Our online courses are on-demand, self-paced trainings that average 30-45 minutes in length. Learners may stop mid-course and return to where they left off. Each course also 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


Motivational Interviewing (MI)* skill-building virtual trainings are a crucial component of any MI training. We don’t just want staff to learn about MI, we want them to feel confident implementing MI. As with any skill, there is no single golden training that results in competence. It requires on-going opportunities to practice and learn. People start from different points and learn at different rates.

Facilitated virtual trainings are offered using Zoom. Trainers utilize a participant-centered workshop approach, which includes interactions and adult learning activities to maximize retention and application of concepts. Each facilitated training includes an Activity handout that supports the interactions included in the session, a Practice Tools handout that supports implementation and continued learning after the training, and a Slides and References handout of the material covered.


Skill-Building Virtual Training: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (MI) Skill-building (3 trainings, 6 hours)
  • Spirit of Motivational Interviewing & the Nature of Change
  • MI Steps: Engage & Focus, using OARS & Elicit – Provide – Elicit
  • MI Steps: Evoke & Plan, using DARN-C; Confidence & Importance Rulers
Motivational Interviewing Supplemental Practice Sessions
For organizations implementing the MI online training, practice sessions can be interspersed after each of the 9 online courses to improve confidence and skills. (3-9 hours)

*Motivational Interviewing training requires building some base competencies before progressing. Our trainers consider the skill level of the group and may revise content to better match where they are in the learning process.

Trainings can also be customized to focus on the particular needs of your program or service. Contact us to discuss your needs.
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