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

April 22–23, 2021 | 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.


  • Define and summarize the processes of focusing and evoking
  • Identify different strategies for focusing and prepare to apply them to client interactions
  • Define and recognize change talk, sustain talk and discordance
  • Differentiate between client cues of readiness, ambivalence and discordance
  • Construct effective responses to different client cues
  • Practice using all aspects of MI (relational and technical skills) in classroom interactions
  • Prepare to use all aspects of MI with persons whom you work with


Day 1: Thursday, April 22, 2021,  Central Time
Review of relational skills and introduction to technical skills

9–9:15 a.m. Welcome and introductions; objectives, group ground rules
9:15–10:30 a.m. Review the relational foundation
10:30–10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.–Noon Focusing: The WHAT of Motivational Interviewing
Noon–1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break and independent reading: 
Choose from literature on the course handouts page

1:30–2:45 p.m. What is change talk and what's the big deal?
2:45–3 p.m. Break
3–4 p.m. More change talk and closing review

Day 2: Friday, April 23, 2021, Central Time
Continued practice will all skills

9–9:15 a.m. Welcome back! Review of Day 1 take-away messages and questions
9:15–10:30 a.m. Technical skills (continued)
10:30–10:45 a.m. Break
10:45–Noon Technical skills (continued)
Noon–1 p.m. Lunch Break
1–1:45 p.m. Prep for putting it all together
1:45–2:30 p.m. Technical skills (continued)
2:30–2:45 p.m. Break
2:45–3:45 p.m. Reinforce skills and plan for continuing to learn
3:45–4 p.m. Closing review
Prerequisites for Beyond the Basics

If you plan on attending the intermediate workshop, Beyond the Basics: Recognizing and Amplifying Motivation for Positive Change, you should either: