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Conversations about Change: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

This online training will provide you with the most-up-do-date information about Motivational Interviewing and how you can help clients make positive and lasting changes in their lives.

Key Program Information
Next Session Aug. 31, 2022 – Sept. 28, 2022

This course begins online on Canvas, our asynchronous Learning Management System. Participants will complete 3.5 hours of independent work on Canvas throughout the month. In addition to this, participants will join three live, interactive sessions on Zoom.

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How can Motivational Interviewing help you help patients with "hard to change" attitudes and behaviors? Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a well-established evidence-based approach to promoting positive behavior change. Shown to be effective across a variety of problem behaviors and populations, MI has become a highly popular and sought-after approach by professionals working in diverse practice settings such as behavioral health, medicine, corrections, and schools. Why would I want to learn Motivational Interviewing? Not only is MI the most effective way for you to assist patients to change, it can also reduce frustration and stress.

While you learn to maximize your skills in helping people to change their behaviors, you will also learn to minimize situations that get you into power struggles with your patients. This virtual training will introduce concepts and foundational skills involved in using MI. Participants will experience the course content through short lecture, video, and real-play. You will leave with a clearer sense of what MI will do for you and your clients.

Learning Objectives:

 • Learn the definition of MI and explore and discuss the benefits of learning MI

• Become acquainted with relevant evidence of MI effectiveness in your practice settings

• Explain the 4 processes in Motivational Interviewing

• Define ambivalence through recognizing “Change Talk” and “Sustain Talk”

• Practice ways to effectively elicit “Change Talk”

• Recognize and describe the “MI Spirit”

• Observe and practice key listening skills, including reflections and giving advice/information

• Recognize when to use the skills of affirmations, open-ended questions, and summaries

• Learn ways to continue integration and personalization of MI into your work

counselor listening to a person

Who should attend

Counselors, Social Workers, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians and other professionals that want to effectively change problem behaviors with their patients


  • portrait of Kay Eibl

    Kay Eibl, M.A., LPC is a licensed professional counselor who has counseled individuals with disabilities and mental health concerns in both private and public settings over the last 9 years. Currently, she works as a Disability Specialist at Waukesha County Technical College, where she supports students with disabilities in reaching their academic goals. Kay is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and she is passionate about helping all types of professionals become the best listeners that they can be.

CEU Information

Participants will earn 9.5 Contact Hours upon completion of this 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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Additional Information

Session dates conducted over Zoom:

September 7, 14 and 28 2022 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. CT



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Fee includes online instruction and materials.