Reaching Toward Proficiency

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

Reaching Toward Proficiency:
Motivational Interviewing and Behavior Change

September 10–11, 2020 | Online Instruction
October 5–6, 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: Introductory

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. You will be involved in discussion opportunities, view videos, and participate in interactive exercises, coupled with practice of the course content. You will concentrate on the process of engaging in an MI adherent way.

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


Day 1: 9 a.m.–Noon & 1–4 p.m. Central Time

  1. Discuss the benefits of learning MI.
  2. Identify 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. Practice fundamental skills; active listening and reflections.

Day 2: 9 a.m.–Noon & 1–4 p.m. Central Time

  1. Practice all of the fundamental skills: Active listening, reflections, open-ended questions, affirmations and summaries.
  2. Use reflective listening to deal with discordance.
  3. Apply the spirit of Motivational Interviewing to the skill of sharing information in an MI adherent way.
  4. Create an individual learning plan to move towards MI proficiency.