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

Moving Your Motivational Interviewing Practice Skills Toward Excellence

May 21, 2021 | Online Instruction

  • .6 CEUs or
  • 6 Category 1 contact education hours for CHES/MCHES
  • 5.5 National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) CE hours

Agenda (all listed times are Central Time)

9–10:30 a.m.  Instruction
10:30–10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.–Noon Instruction
Noon–1 p.m.  Lunch
1–2:30 p.m.  Instruction
2:30–2:45 p.m. Break
2:45–4 p.m. Instruction
4 p.m. Adjourn

Level: Advanced

This interactive and engaging workshop experience is for you if you have participated in multiple Motivational Interviewing training events. You are ready for individualized feedback and exercises tailored to the group's needs. You will acquire a better understanding of how to move your practice forward and develop a plan for doing so.


  1. Identify the benchmarks of good MI practice.
  2. Interpret individualized MITI 4.1 feedback.
  3. Develop skills for proficient practice: Question to reflection ratio of 2:1; complex reflections; change talk, and responding to change talk; evoking and dealing with sustain talk.
  4. Recognize the cues for planning readiness.
  5. Create an individualized learning plan to continue to move toward competency.
  6. Discuss the benefits and challenges of integrating MI into your practice and your agency.
Course attendance requirement

You are to submit a 20-minute MI practice audio recording using specific guidelines two weeks before the start of the course.

Individualized feedback on each practice sample will be prepared and shared at the start of the day so you can focus your learning on areas identified for improvement.

Practice sample submission guidelines

Why capture audio recordings?

Ongoing skill building in motivational interviewing is important because it supports and cements skills taught during MI training so that they can be effectively applied and evaluated post-training.  

Audio taping and/or direct observation allow the MI practitioner and his/her coach to evaluate the level to which the practitioner is employing the skills and strategies required to consider a session "MI". The MITI 4.1 is a validated tool for assessing competency/proficiency and fidelity to the style of motivational interviewing. You will be provided with clear feedback highlighting your strengths and areas needing improvement. You can then easily set your own goals for improvement.  

How is this done: 

Learners capture an audio-recording in which you, the practitioner and a patient/client/consumer are discussing a targeted behavior change.   

To ensure successful completion, please follow these guidelines:

  • Use a digital audio recorder, your phone, or other audio recording device (no video) to create a recording.
  • Meet with a client/patient and obtain their consent to record. Follow your agency's policy for obtaining consent to record.
  • Avoid verbally identifying information (e.g., the person's name) 
  • Length of recording should be at least 20 minutes in duration.
  • Prior to submission, please listen back to ensure the recording is audible
  • Send audio file with your name, your phone number and your email address AND clarify the identified target behavior being discussed in the session to Laura A. Saunders. 
    • As an email attachment to Laura Saunders, 
    • Upload the file to a drop box and send an invite to Laura
    • As a hard copy to Laura Saunders, 4202 Jerome Street Madison, WI 53716