Spirit of Motivational Interviewing

This session will explore the spirit of motivational interviewing and refine skills and knowledge in practical application.

Presentation slides:

Motivational Interviewing Workbook


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At the conclusion of this training course the participant will be able to:

  1. Use motivational interviewing in daily work and move in the direction of fidelity to the practice.
  2. Identify the key concepts of motivational interviewing and how each relates to promoting positive behavior change.
  3. Describe each process of motivational interviewing (Engaging, Focusing, Evoking, Planning) and how each contributes to promoting positive behavior change.
  4. Apply motivational interviewing skills for efficient and effective engagement (the Relational Foundation) and the elicitation of change talk (Technical skills).
  5. Integrate motivational interviewing into patient change conversations.
  6. Engage in an ongoing learning process to achieve fidelity.


This session is intended for the behavioral health care manager (BHCM) in the Collaborative Care Model (CoCM) and is applicable to nurses, social workers, advanced practice providers, medical assistants, community health workers and other care team members seeking to expand their knowledge and skills of motivational interviewing.


Laura Saunders, MSSW

Laura Saunders is the Wisconsin State Project Manager for the Great Lakes Addiction, Mental Health, and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers. Since 2001, Laura has provided SBIRT and Motivational Interviewing training to physicians, nurses, medical students, psychologists, specialty addiction treatment providers, social workers, physical therapists, health educators, and staff who work in correctional settings. She has provided feedback and coaching to hundreds of social workers, correctional staff, and other human service providers who are interested in using evidence-based practices with fidelity. Laura joined the international group of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 2006 (Sophia, Bulgaria) and is an active member of the Wisconsin MINT group.

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FREE for members; FREE for non-members

Through December 31, 2021 to assist those providing care, Mi-CCSI is offering FREE on-line enduring disease management learning options. All enduring learning activities have nursing and social work continuing education available and are at NO COST to the participant.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credit Available: Nurses

Session Contact Hours: 1

Conflict of Interest Disclosure: There is no conflict of interest for anyone with the ability to control content for this activity.

In order to receive credit for this activity, the learner must register for each webinar, attend the full recorded webinar, complete the evaluation and submit the evaluation. Upon receipt of the evaluation, the certificate of completion will be awarded.

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