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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.


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.

September 24-25, 2014
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
UW-La Crosse, 259 Cartwright Center, La Crosse, Wis.
Early registration fee:
$175, on/before Sept. 5
Regular registration fee:
$190, after Sept. 5
SAVE register for both, Beyond the Basics & Reaching Toward Proficiency: $329 by Friday, Sept. 5
(Includes lunch each day, morning break and helpful handouts)

1.2 CEUs | 12 CHES CECHs | 12 MCHES CECHs are available.

People climbing stairs.Learning Objectives:

Wednesday, Sept. 24  |  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

Thursday, Sept. 25  |  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.

Register Online

For questions on registration: or 608.785.6504, toll-free 1.866.895.9233
For program information:

Cancellation Policy: Full refund less $25 processing fee when notified in writing at least two weeks prior to the start of the event. 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.

Sponsored by Community Health, Continuing Education and Extension

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Laura A. Saunders, MSSWINSTRUCTOR:

Laura A. Saunders, MSSW, MSSW Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers
Ms. 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.

If you are planning to register solely for the "Beyond the Basics" workshop, you must have taken one of the following steps:
     1. have already taken the basic workshop last year
     2. have already taken another 2-3 day fundamental motivational interviewing workshop experience elsewhere.
If you are not certain, email Laura Saunders prior to the offering of the workshop to make certain you are prepared for the "Beyond the Basics" workshop:

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