Learn and experience the foundations of Motivational Interviewing while connecting with other helping professionals.

What is Motivational Interviewing?

Increasing attention is being paid to the benefits of an evidence-based, Motivational Interviewing (MI) communication style to enhance engagement and build motivation for change across a range of populations and practice areas such as physical and mental health; substance use; child and family services; physical rehabilitation services; and education and prevention programming. MI is a respectful and compassionate way of supporting people in making changes in their lives and has also been helpful when working cross-culturally.

Introductory Motivational Interviewing for Helping Professionals

Over 4 mornings, learners will explore Motivational Interviewing’s foundations to support them in their work with others. Combining synchronous (together) learning via Zoom and independent activities, helping professionals will gain both knowledge and practical skills to begin to integrate an MI approach into their conversations immediately. No previous experience in MI is necessary.

To maximize the online learning experience, class size is limited to 16 participants.

Dates, Times & Topics

  • Preparation Activity – Independent Learning (30 mins)
  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm PT (synchronous = together) Session 1 – What is MI, and how does it work?
  • Friday, September 24, 2021, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm PT (synchronous) Session 2 – Engaging & Core Skills
  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm PT(synchronous) Session 3 – Dancing with Discord & Focusing.
  • Friday, October 1, 2021, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm PT (synchronous) Session 4 – Sharing Information and Evoking Change.
  • Each session will also have a 30-minute independent take-away activity.
  • Total learning hours = 13 (equivalent to 2 days of in-person learning)

Who should attend?

Helping professionals who support others in making health and related changes, such as social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, counsellors, speech-language pathologists, dieticians, pharmacists, educators, dentists, nurses, and physicians.