Online Instruction Benefits

In the interest of Public Health, these workshops will be offered through internet-based technology. You will collaborate and engage—in real time—with your instructor and classmates to learn, explore, and practice key Motivational Interviewing skills.

  • No travel or associated travel costs
  • Live/synchronous video instruction
  • Interactive exercises
  • Valid, diverse and meaningful resources
  • Virtually interact with a diverse participant group—potentially from around the nation
  • UW-La Crosse CEUs available
  • NBCC CE Hours option

Beyond the Basics:
Recognizing and Amplifying Motivation for Positive Change

November 19–20, 2020 | Online Instruction

  • 1.2 CEUs or
  • 12 Category 1 contact education hours for CHES/MCHES
  • 11 National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) CE Hours

Level: Intermediate

During this workshop, you will be provided with multiple opportunities to stretch your use of open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections and summaries (OARS) beyond the basics. The competent use of motivational interviewing also requires you to be highly skilled in the use of complex reflections. You will concentrate on the processes of focusing, evoking and planning.


  • Demonstrate the spirit and skills practitioners use in Motivational Interviewing (MI).
  • Recognize and apply different strategies for finding a focus.
  • Recognize client language cues and MI-appropriate responses for moving clients toward change.
  • Utilize open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections and summaries (OARS) to shape the direction of the session.
  • Discuss the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity Scale (MITI 3.1.1) and its use (and limitations) in improving the style of MI.
  • Demonstrate the spirit and skills practitioners use in MI.
  • Use a modified MITI to rate classroom practice samples.
  • Practice evoking and amplifying change talk.
  • Describe client cues for planning readiness.
  • Discuss MI-adherent planning.
  • Rate one's own practice for fidelity to the principles of Motivational Interviewing. Develop a plan for continuing to learn.