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Motivation SignReaching Toward Proficiency:
Motivational Interviewing and Behavior Change

Through this unique experience, you will come to understand the theory behind Motivational Interviewing (MI), including the how and why of lifestyle or behavioral changes. MI focuses on enhancing internal motivation for change. Participants will become involved in discussion opportunities, viewing videos, and participating in interactive exercises, coupled with practicing the course content.


People climbing stairs.Those Who Should Participate: This special workshop is for health and human service professionals and students who wish to assist others in developing their healthy lifestyle activities.

April 4-5, 2013
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
UW-La Crosse, 259 Cartwright Center, La Crosse, Wis.
$129, Before March 4
$119, Full-time Student, Before March 4 (photo ID required)
$140, After March 4
(Includes lunch each day, morning break and helpful handouts)

1.2 CEUs

Learning Objectives:

Thursday, April 4  |  9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  1. Explore and discuss the benefits of learning MI
  2. Become acquainted with relevant evidence of MI effectiveness in many practice settings
  3. Explain the four processes in motivational interviewing
  4. Apply the spirit of motivational interviewing to patient interactions
  5. Observe and practice fundamental skills; active listening and reflections.

Friday, April 5  |  9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  1. Observe and practice all of the fundamental skills: Active listening, reflections, open-ended questions, affirmations and summaries.
  2. Explain the differences between preparatory change talk and commitment language
  3. Practice responding to change talk and sustain talk
  4. Create an individual learning plan to move toward MI proficiency

Overall, this workshop will set you on your journey toward proficiency in Motivational Interviewing (MI). Participants will increase their understanding and use of the directional aspects of MI. There will be ample opportunity to observe and practice MI-specific communication.


LAURA A. SAUNDERS, MSSWLAURA A. SAUNDERS, MSSW Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers
Saunders has 20 years experience with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Training and coaching others in basic interviewing techniques, administering assessment instruments and interventions to promote behavior change has been the focus of Saunders’ career. She has worked intensively with physicians, nurses, medical students, psychologists, specialty addiction treatment providers, social workers, physical therapists and health educators. Saunders is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and has practiced and taught Motivational interviewing for over 18 years. She has designed, facilitated, and delivered training and coaching in person, online and via distance learning in the fields of health care, human service, public health and criminal justice. Saunders has provided trainings in Motivational interviewing internationally, as well as extensively throughout the United States.

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Cancellation Policy: Full refund less $25 processing fee on/before March 21, 2013. No refunds on or after March 21. Substitutions will be accepted. Registration implies permission for photos, publicity & inclusion in a participant list unless Continuing Education and Extension is notified in writing prior to the program.

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Continuing Education and Extension, 608.785.6504, toll-free 1.866.895.9233 or
For questions about the program:
Dr. Gilmore, 608.785.8163 or

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