Motivational interviewing Foundation Intensive: Relational and Technical Skills

The Great Lakes PTTC offers this training to prevention and behavioral health professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.

Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based practice used to help people overcome their ambivalence about change.  In this six-part intensive training series, participants will learn the fundamental skills for practicing Motivational Interviewing. We’ll include examples of how to use MI in prevention settings such as engaging coalitions, addressing alcohol misuse in teens, and harm reduction.

Motivational Interviewing Relational Skills

June 9, 10, and 16, 2021
8:30–11:30am Central
9:30–12:30pm Eastern

In this interactive, three-session workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn about and practice the spirit of MI and relational skills. 

The three-session MI Foundations Intensive: Relational Skills workshop series is a prerequisite for the following three-session MI Foundations Intensive: Technical Skills.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe Motivational Interviewing: purpose, benefits, and limitations
  • Summarize each of the four processes in Motivational Interviewing
  • Recognize differences between engagement helps and harms
  • Prepare to apply the spirit of Motivational Interviewing to interactions with groups and individuals
  • Observe and practice fundamental skills: Listening, open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarization.

Motivational Interviewing Technical Skills

June 17, 23, and 24, 2021
8:30–11:30am Central
9:30–12:30pm Eastern

In this interactive, three-session workshop, participants will learn about and practice the spirit of MI and both the relational and technical skills. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Define and summarize the processes of focusing and evoking
  • Identify different strategies for focusing and prepare to apply them in interactions
  • Define and recognize change talk, sustain talk, and discordance
  • Differentiate between cues of readiness, ambivalence, and discordance
  • Construct effective responses to different cues
  • Design a plan for advancing individual MI skills



Successful completion of the three-part MI Foundations Intensive: Relational Skills series.


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: Jun. 9, 2021 8:30 am
Ends: Jun. 24, 2021 11:30 am
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