Motivational Interviewing: Coding and Coaching

Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based practice. While there is a wealth of research supporting the positive impact on outcomes across a range of problem behaviors, a large part of the appeal of MI is its measurability. The MITI is a behavioral coding system that measures how well a practitioner is using MI. Feedback from the MITI coding system can be used to increase clinical skillfulness.

Training Dates
July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2021
8:30AM–11:30AM Central 

9:30AM–12:30PM Eastern 

Prior Motivational Interviewing experience is helpful when attending this training.  

In this 4-part series, learners will learn to use this coding process through self-study, telephonic didactic lectures, group and individual practice. Course completers will feel more confident in using the MITI to score audio-recorded sessions. Course completers will be prepared to use the measurements to coach others or to provide themselves with instructive feedback on how to improve practice and work toward fidelity to the model.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the strengths and limitations of the MITI 4.21 tool for assessing practice
  • Distinguish clinician utterances according to the rules on the MITI 4.2.1
  • Appraise the clinician sample in terms of global ratings of Cultivating change talk, softening sustain talk, empathy and partnership.
  • Experiment with giving MITI 4.2.1 based feedback to improve MI practice



Laura SaundersLaura A. Saunders, MSSW, is the Wisconsin State Project Manager for the Great Lakes Addiction, Mental Health and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers. Her position is housed at the UW–Madison, where she’s worked since 1988. Since 2001, Laura has provided SBIRT and Motivational Interviewing training to physicians, nurses, medical students, psychologists, specialty addiction treatment providers, social workers, physical therapists, health educators, and staff who work in correctional settings. She has provided feedback and coaching to hundreds of social workers, correctional staff, and other human service providers who are interested in using evidence-based practices with fidelity. Laura joined the international group of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 2006 (Sophia, Bulgaria) and is an active member of the Wisconsin MINT group.

Starts: Jul. 7, 2021 8:30 am
Ends: Jul. 28, 2021 11:30 am
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