Reaching Toward Proficiency

Motivational Interviewing and Behavior Change

September 9–10, 2019  |  3110 Student Union, UW-La Crosse 

  • 1.2 CEUs or 
  • 12 Category 1 contact education hours for CHES/MCHES
  • 11 American Psychological Association (APA) CE credits
  • 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.–4 p.m.

  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.–4 p.m.

  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.