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Cultivating Change Talk

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an effective strategy for evoking change for a variety of problem behaviors. Learn to identify change talk and practice promoting change in this highly-interactive, virtual program.

Key Program Information
Next Session May 11, 2021 – May 14, 2021

This class includes two live, interactive virtual sessions: Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 8:30 am‐12:00 pm Central Time and Friday, May 14, 2021 8:30 am‐12:00 pm Central Time. Registrants will need to attend both sessions to complete the course.

Delivery Format Online

Help Your Clients Cultivate Change

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a well-established, evidence-based approach to promoting positive behavior change. One of the major benefits of MI is that it is very effective in short periods of time, allowing practitioners to help evoke change quickly. This style of change therapy is effective in many settings including health care, corrections, education, and more. 

In the program, Cultivating Change Talk, you will take a deeper dive into the concept of MI while also putting your knowledge into practice. You will understand your strengths in cultivating change talk and also learn where you can improve on your skills. In this highly-interactive virtual program, you will work in small groups to practice newly learned strategies with other participants. Instructor Mallori DeSalle has over 20 years of experience working in mental health, substance abuse and prevention and has worked with clients of all ages. Her engaging style will keep you interested while adding an effective change therapy strategy to your repertoire. 

Learn to recognize change talk and build on it while helping clients create a plan for changing behavior. Counselors, nurses, physicians, dieticians and physical therapists alike will benefit from becoming an expert in motivational interviewing. 

Learning Objectives for this Program:

1. Increase self‐awareness of strengths in the application of Motivational Interviewing.

2. Examine areas for development for identifying Change Talk.

3. Explore change talk responses through practice.

4. Determine direction for on‐going competency development.

Who Should Attend

Counselors, Social Workers, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, and other professionals who want to effectively change problem behaviors with their patients or clients. This program is designed for practitioners who have a basic understanding of Motivational Interviewing.


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    Mallori DeSalle is a licensed mental health counselor, nationally certified counselor, medication‐assisted treatment specialist and an internationally certified prevention specialist and is currently earning her certification in therapeutic humor through the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH). Over the last 20 years working in mental health, substance abuse and prevention fields, she has worked with children, adolescents, adults, families and professionals serving in a variety of roles including: community prevention coordinator, therapist, substance use educator and trainer. Ms. DeSalle has worked with healthcare, behavioral healthcare and community based organizations to implement substance use prevention interventions for the last decade. Since 2008, Ms. DeSalle has
    been faculty in the Department of Applied Health Science in the School of Public Health at Indiana University, Bloomington. Within the university, Ms. DeSalle serves Prevention Insights (a center at IUB) as the Director for SBIRT Implementation and Lead Motivational Interviewing (MI) Trainer. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and listed on the National Addiction Technology Transfer Center SBIRT Trainers’ Registry. Ms. DeSalle provides training and technical support with MI, SBIRT and a variety of other substance use and mental health related areas to multidisciplinary audiences both nationally and internationally. In addition to her work, she volunteers on the Board of Directors for AATH and the Cottey College Alumnae Executive Board.

CEU Information
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Participants will earn 6.5 Contact Hours upon completion of this program.

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6669. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Additional CEU Information by Profession: 

Wisconsin Social Workers

Our programs qualify as continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all listed programs.

Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselors

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services approves contact hours for programs consisting of relevant content taught by qualified presenters. Contact our office with questions about specific program approvals.

Wisconsin Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

Our programs qualify as required continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all programs.

Wisconsin Licensed Counselors

Our programs qualify as required continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all programs.

Wisconsin Educators and School Psychologists

Continuing education programs from the University of Wisconsin campuses may qualify toward your Professional Development Plan (PDP).

Other Professions

Contact your professional board or organization for specific continuing education requirements.

Disability Accommodations

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education encourages children and adults with disabilities or other special needs to participate in our programs whenever possible. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please notify us at least two weeks in advance of the program so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 / toll-free 866-893-2423, or use the Wisconsin Relay System (711). All requests are kept confidential.

An EEO/Affirmative Action employer, University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA requirements.

Cancellation Policy

We understand life happens. Should you need to cancel your registration, you may substitute someone to take your place, at any time, at no cost to you. If we cancel a program, we’ll give you your money back.

If your program is 14 or more days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program – no charge!
If you have to cancel, you will receive a refund, minus a 20% administrative fee.

If your program is less than 14 days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program, plus a 20% transfer fee.
If you cancel, you will not receive a refund.

If you are registered and do not attend the program, you are responsible for the full fee.

Substitution, refund or transfer requests must be submitted in writing to UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education.

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Standard Fee $229.00

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Fee includes interactive online instruction and digital program materials


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