About Us

The Centre for Collaboration, Motivation & Innovation was founded in April 2012 as a non-profit organization in British Columbia, Canada.
In January 2014 CCMI became incorporated as a non-profit in the United States, and in 2016 CCMI was recognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit in the US.

We are guided by a board of volunteers who are passionate about helping people to make constructive behavioural changes.

Our Mission

To foster empowered partnerships, build helping skills and create responsive systems that improve health and well-being.

Our Vision

To be an international catalyst for system design that supports self-management.

Administrative Team

Virginia Preston

Program Support & Skill Development Coaching

Virginia (she/her) respectfully acknowledges that the land on which she lives and works is the ancestral traditional unceded territory of the Syilx/Okanagan Nation. The Syilx people have lived on this land for thousands of years.

Virginia Preston is a professional counsellor with 25 years of experience in psychology, coaching and psycho-spiritual wellness education. She is a BAP and MI Trainer with CCMI and provides skill development coaching in a variety of content areas. She has a passion for helping people improve their work, relationships and quality of life through learning communication and self-management support skills.

    Janet Cote

    Program Support

    Janet joined CCMI in October 2018 and brings a varied work background in Administration Support, Sales, and Customer Service. She has gained exceptional computer and organizational skills over the years and enjoys a variety of duties that allow her to showcase her talents.

      Denielle Wiebe

      Instructional Designer

      Denielle (she/her) humbly acknowledges that the land on which she lives and works is the unceded traditional territory of the Lhtako Dené Nation

      She is dedicated to partnering with subject matter experts to design and develop learner-centred, performance-based workshop and online courses. She also manages CCMI's learning management system, supporting learners and staff and ensuring the smooth operation of online programs.

        Val Burnett

        Program Support

        Val respectfully acknowledges the land on which she lives and works is Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting grounds, gathering place, and travelling route to the Cree, Saulteaux (So-toe), Blackfoot, Métis, Dene (De-nay) and Nakota Sioux (Sue).

        Val is a resourceful and passionate administrative professional who started with CCMI in October 2016. She brings to CCMI her extensive administrative support & technical experience, gained through working with leadership in Northern Health Authority and Alberta Health Services and also from providing internet entrepreneurial support and learning avenues through her own e-business.

          Connie Davis

          Co-Founder

          Connie Davis has over 37 years of experience as a nurse including 25 years as a geriatric nurse practitioner. She coordinates the development of CCMI programs and materials and is fascinated by the intersection of quality improvement, practitioner skills, research and practice. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and provides support for system redesign projects and skill development.

            Kathy Reims

            Co-Founder

            Kathy Reims, MD, FAAFP  Kathy is a family physician based near Boulder, Colorado.  She is a co-director of CCMI and fully committed to its mission.  Kathy contributes to CCMI's mission and vision by teaching helping skills to health care professionals and by facilitating health system redesign to embrace engagement of individuals and families in their health.

             

              Mike Hindmarsh

              Director of Finances

              Mike Hindmarsh is a healthcare quality improvement expert with 25 years of system design experience.  Mike has worked with over 100 systems in Canada, the United States and internationally.

                Sam Burnett

                Director of Programs

                Sam (he/him) respectfully acknowledges the land on which he lives and works is the unceded traditional territories of the Syilx tmix w (Okanagan Nation) and Secw é pemc (Secw é pemc ú l’ecw).

                Sam Burnett is dedicated to building constructive and collaborative opportunities for growth and development within teams and across organizations. He works with organizations to design skill and capacity building programs that improve their services and functioning.

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                  Lori Godin

                  Director of Operations

                  Lori (she/her) respectfully acknowledges the land on which she lives, works and plays is the traditional ancestral unceded shared territory of the Sumas First Nation and Matsqui First Nation. These two First Nations are part of the Stό:lō Nation. The Stό:lō people have lived in the Fraser Valley for 10,000 years. As well as the Fraser Valley Metis.

                  Lori Godin is a Registered Nurse with 38+ years of experience in both acute care and the community. She is a Master Trainer at CCMI and coordinates the activities of the Centre for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

                    Content Experts and Faculty

                    Brent Anderson

                    Brent Anderson is currently a Practice Coach with the Indiana State Department of Health working in the Division of ChronicDisease, Primary Care, and Rural Health. As a Practice Coach he provides hands on, on-site, technical assistance to Primary Care teams across Indiana facilitating practice transformation work and conducting quality improvement with health system teams. Prior to joining ISDH Brent worked for several years in the Supplemental Educational Services arena implementing QI with standardized testing focusing on selected schools within districts around the State. Brent worked in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industry most of his career in sales and sales management. He has many years of experience working with provider teams and health systems in a number of states over his career. Additionally, Brent is a certified Brief Action Planning (BAP) trainer.

                      Jordan Windsor

                      Jordan Windsor is a certified chronic care professional, a registered health coach, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She is an experienced MI coach and coder who has worked on multiple national-level MI training initiatives and is skilled at adapting MI concepts to practice. Proficient in multiple coding systems, including the MITI and MICA, Jordan truly enjoys mentoring clinicians as they develop their MI skill-sets.

                        Corey Olver

                        Corey Olver (MAMT, MT-BC, LPC, ACS) is a music therapist, professional counselor, and motivational interviewing trainer. Corey currently serves as Music Therapy Program Director for Immaculata University and has training and experience in working with mental health and substance abuse settings where she integrates trauma-informed care, mindfulness, person-centered counseling, and motivational interviewing. She is passionate about serving as a bridge between many different professions, and as such is pursuing a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Corey deeply enjoys sharing about the knowledge and process of motivational interviewing with multidisciplinary professionals to improve the quality and effectiveness of clinical care and improve the lives of the individuals whom we serve.

                          Cheryl Martin

                          Cheryl Martin has a BSN in Nursing, MA in Psychology and over 43 years of experience as an RN. Her nursing experience includes 13 years in surgery and medicine as well as 30 years in behavioral health. She earned a Trauma Certificate from the University of Buffalo, School of Social Work and is also a Master Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. She has been a member of Motivational Interviewing Network Trainers (MINT) since 2004. Cheryl has 15 years of managerial experience guiding and caring for both adolescents and adults on a substance use disorder rehabilitation unit. She has coached and supported the Monroe County Nurse Family Partnership as they seek to build trauma responsive and motivational interviewing skills that strengthen new mothers’ parenting and enhance infant/toddler health and development.

                            Audrey Waldman

                            Audrey Waldman has her Master's in education and over 30 years of experience in the mental health field. She has been training people in Motivational Interviewing for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health for the past 10 years and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. She is passionate about teaching Motivational Interviewing and supporting people to develop their skills.

                              Christina Southey

                              Christina is facilitator, teacher and coach focused on assisting individuals and teams to deepen their own knowledge and ability to apply improvement principles.  She works alongside teams to support them in creating the best possible experience for those they work with and serve using a collaborative approach.

                                Becky Lang

                                Becky is a Registered Dental hygienist and has years of experience in clinical practice and community/public health.  She has spent the last 30 years as a Professor of Health Promotion at various universities.  She currently serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Des Moines University Medical School.  She provides motivational interviewing trainings to individuals in health care and human service organizations throughout North America.  She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.  She resides in Des Moines, IA.

                                  Ariel Singer

                                  Ariel (pronounced R-E-L) has over a decade of experience working on health promotion and health system redesign, primarily with safety net health care organizations in Oregon and across the United States.   Her areas of expertise include patient-centered communication, bi-directional primary care and behavioral health integration, and value-based payment and care transformation. Ariel has an MPH in Health Promotion, and draws on many professionals skills in her work, including quality improvement, facilitative leadership, visual thinking, human-centered design, and popular education.  She is a faculty member in the Parsons School of Design Continuing and Professional Education certificate program in Human-Centered Healthcare.

                                  Ariel learned motivational interviewing while working as a health coach at a worksite wellness program developed at the Oregon Health and Science University; she has since trained hundreds of professionals from a variety of disciplines in motivational interviewing and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Over the last five years, a major focus of her work has been leading the development of Empathic Inquiry, a guidance model for patient-centered and trauma-informed social needs screening in health care settings.

                                  Empathy is her North Star and she is passionately committed to rehumanizing healthcare, for both patients and the workforce.

                                    Ali Hall

                                    Ali Hall (JD) is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and an independent consultant and trainer. Ali currently serves on the MINT Board of Directors as Vice Chair and leads MINT committees overseeing professional skill development for MI practitioners and trainers. Ali served as a Lead Trainer for the International MINT Training for New Trainers (TNT) in Warsaw (2019), New Orleans (2018) and Berlin (2015). Ali has designed and facilitated more than 2500 Motivational Interviewing (MI) workshops for criminal justice professionals, social services providers, behavioral health clinicians, social workers, psychologists, health care practitioners, health coaches, and psychiatrists, and provides training for trainers in evidence-based practices.

                                    Ali regularly provides MI coding training, coding services and skill development coaching, and provides consultation to systems for establishing communities of practice and for effective, sustainable MI implementation. Ali is a co-developer of the Motivational Interviewing Competency Assessment (MICA), a coding and coaching tool for MI skill improvement.

                                      John Lester

                                      John Lester is a facilitator and coach who is passionate about supporting groups to take action and reach their goals. He helps groups learn and use creative methods to collaborate, ensuring that the result is valuable for them, their organization, and the clients they serve.

                                        Christina Clarke

                                        Christina Clarke BSc, MHA,  is an experienced quality and change management consultant, dedicated to helping improve systems. Believing better is always possible, she is keen to support clients to create and deliver a vision, context, and pathway for change and improvement. A natural coalition builder, she approaches her work collaboratively and with a unique blend of analytical and creative process.

                                          Jenny Spring

                                          Jenny Spring is a counsellor, clinical social worker, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.  She is passionate about person-centred care and collaborating around change for individuals, families, programs and organizations.

                                            Ibolya Agoston

                                            Ibolya Agoston has worked in healthcare and social services field for the past 20 years. She is committed to empowering people to build strong and lasting interpersonal relationships.

                                              Sebastien Payan

                                              Sebastien Payan is a nurse educator specializing in harm reduction, substance use and sexual health. Originally from France, he has been working in Canada since 2007. As a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, he is devoted to improving communication in health care focusing on a person and family-centred approach.

                                                Bruce Hobson

                                                Bruce Hobson is a grandfather and refocused family physician with a passion for adult education empowered by technology. He’s involved in a number of provincial programs, projects and initiatives and works to connect, collaborate and coordinate the many things happening in the health care learning environment.

                                                  Brittany Godin

                                                  Brittany Godin is a professional working in the Corrections field and for the Centre for Collaboration, Motivation, and Innovation (CCMI). She believes in socially responsible practice with the focus on integration, innovation, and embracing diversity. She aims to impact our communities in a healthy and positive way. Brittany has been an educator and facilitator in several programs throughout the years, and is an active member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

                                                    Dr. Damara Gutnick

                                                    Dr. Damara Gutnick is an internist with a special interest in depression and collaborative care for chronic disease. She is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology & Population Health and Psychiatry & Behavioral Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.  She is also the Medical Director of the Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative where she leads healthcare transformation efforts toward Value Based Care for medicaid patients as part of the NYS Delivery System Redesign Incentive Payment Program.

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                                                      Dr. Heather Gainforth

                                                      Dr. Heather Gainforth is an Assistant Professor at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar and an ICORD Principal Investigator. Her academic training in Health Promotion, Knowledge Translation, and Behavioural and Implementation Science has fostered her belief research is not complete until it has real world impact. Her research aims to close the gap between spinal cord injury research and practice by examining knowledge translation – the act of moving research evidence into the hands of research users. Her systems-based research is grounded in behaviour change theory and techniques and is guided by strong collaborations between researchers and communities.

                                                        Board Members

                                                        Shawn Smith

                                                        Shawn Smith is a Master Trainer and a facilitator for Chronic Disease Self-Management programs in Washington and California. Shawn has expertise in self-managing his condition of Pulmonary Fibrosis and Hypertension on a daily basis, and is currently on the waitlist for a double lung transplant through the University of Washington.

                                                          Alifa Khan

                                                          Alifa is a passionate patient advocate who embraces the core principles of patient and family involvement in all aspects of the patient experience. She currently engages as a patient and family member in various organizational and systemic initiatives across the health care landscape.

                                                            Dr. Mary Jung

                                                            Dr. Mary Jung is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health and Social Development at University of British Columbia, and a Michael Smith Foundation Health Research Scholar. Mary’s passion is researching the self-regulation of health behaviours, primarily the promotion and adherence to physical activity and healthy diets in people living with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes. Dr. Jung directs the Diabetes Prevention Research Group (DPRG) and strives to see evidence-based lifestyle interventions implemented in the community to serve those in need.

                                                              Dr. Chris Rauscher

                                                              Dr. Chris Rauscher worked as a hospital and community pharmacist and then went on to medical training with Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine qualifications. His main clinical practice has been in the community with the frail elderly with multiple chronic health conditions. He has always worked in three streams: clinical, multi-disciplinary team development and systems development. In the early 2000s, he started to work with the Ministry of Health and the Health Authorities on developing systems for chronic disease management. This encompassed policy and systems framework development and guidelines and training module development through the BC Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee and the Doctors of BC, working on a research to practice information translation approach. He has led a number of projects related to chronic disease management and self-management support as well as medication management, mainly directed at family physicians. These projects have included implementation and outcomes evaluation. Leveraging his experience in developing chronic disease management health systems, Chris was a member of a Canadian team that supported the development of such systems in Kazakhstan in 2015, with the team including members from CCMI.

                                                                Liz Sajdak

                                                                Liz has over 17 years clinical experience in the UK National Health Service ranging from a
                                                                registered nurse to Public Health Practitioner. The latter role was part of a national project to
                                                                develop the role of health visiting to focus more on public health. While working in this role she
                                                                was also a member of the Professional Executive Committee of the Primary Care Trust, whose
                                                                role was to direct and guide the clinical work of the Trust. Liz also collaborated with health and
                                                                social service colleagues to plan and submit a bid for integrated services for Sure Start, aimed
                                                                tat improving the health and well-being of families and children, in partnership with local
                                                                residents that was successful.

                                                                Her role as a Service Development Manager in Primary Care consisted of working with
                                                                specialists and providers in primary care to provide appropriate clinical care closer to patients in
                                                                their home and local clinics. Liz also led the design and application of an organizational
                                                                performance management framework for North Stoke Primary Care Trust (PCT) and was the
                                                                Lead commissioner for the PCT on the implementation of a new general medical contract within
                                                                GP practices. The commissioning role was used to implement modernization and promote the
                                                                use of best practice and evidence based medicine thereby raising standards of care through
                                                                commissioning of family practitioner services.

                                                                Liz gained experience in Canada through working in the PEI health department as program
                                                                analyst and, later, as a Project Manager at the Department of Wellness in Nova Scotia. She also
                                                                worked as a consultant at The Quaich working with NGOs. More recently Liz has worked as a
                                                                volunteer on the Quality Committee of Casey House in Toronto.

                                                                  Maureen Oliver

                                                                  Following Graduation from the University of New Brunswick with a BN, Maureen started her career in Maternal/Child health in Toronto at Sick Kids and Women’s Hospitals. Moving into Nursing Education in Hamilton and again in Toronto, Maureen  was one of the facilitators in closing hospital based schools of nursing and integrating faculty and students into the University system. Administration was a strength and she moved to Vancouver as a Nurse Administrator  who worked at hospitals in Burnaby, Vancouver, Maple Ridge. She attained her MBA from City University in Seattle in 1992. Following a brief tenure with Canadian Blood Services, Maureen moved to private management consulting in Vancouver, Nanaimo and Duncan. She was recruited by EComm to establish the BC HealthGuide Nurseline which was completed by 2002.

                                                                  Maureen started with primary health care on the North Shore of Vancouver as Project Manager for communities that needed improved access to health care. Maureen retired from active administration as the Manager of Home support/Home and Community Care. Maureen returned to Nursing education for 2 years teaching  courses in Professional Practice and Professional Communication which lead to her interest in contributing to the workings of the CCMI Board.

                                                                    Rebecca A. Brover

                                                                    Rebecca is a Certified Holacracy Coach with expertise in continuing professional development, and organizational behavior, and change adoption. Her specific areas of expertise are fostering cultures of service and process refinement. Her dedication to service manifested in work to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault, promote support of the performing arts and provide continuing education for healthcare professionals. A keen interest in efficient work led her to Holacracy in 2014 where she sought further education resulting in certification as a Holacracy Coach and partnership in HolacracyOne. Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s degree in music and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California, Davis.

                                                                      Brodie Sakakibara

                                                                      Brodie Sakakibara, PhD, is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. He is also an Investigator with the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, Southern Medical Program at UBC – Okanagan. Brodie’s research focuses on chronic disease self-management and behaviour change among people with stroke and heart disease, and on the use of technology for the delivery of health and rehabilitation services.

                                                                        Holacracy

                                                                        CCMI uses a governance tool called Holacracy to help organize our team. Holacracy is a method for structuring the organization with a clear way of defining roles and accountabilities and a structure for sharing that information across the team.  The philosophy of Holacracy is that individuals and teams in organizations should be empowered to self manage their own work. This is different from a traditional hierarchy where roles are often governed “from above”. If you are interested in leaning more please reach out to us at info@centrecmi.ca or check out some information on the Holacracy website: https://www.holacracy.org/what-is-holacracy

                                                                        Featured Clients

                                                                        Northern Health Authority, BC

                                                                        Person-Centred Family-Focused Care training workshops for inter-professional teams.
                                                                        Web-based training and organizational agreement for face-to-face training.
                                                                        Coaching and certification in Brief Action Planning.

                                                                        Ministry of Health & ImpactBC, BC

                                                                        Creating a sustainable approach to Brief Action Planning in British Columbia.
                                                                        Working with five regional health authorities in a Train-the-Trainer program.

                                                                        Ministry of Health & Doctors of BC Specialist Services Committee, BC

                                                                        Innovation lab to develop approach for screening, Brief Interventions and referral to treatment for specialist physician practices.

                                                                        California Quality Collaborative

                                                                        Partnering with Patients: Motivational Interviewing, Brief Action Planning and Shared Decision Making.
                                                                        A 2 year effort to build capacity in support of primary care: learn more.

                                                                        PhD Research Candidate, Ontario

                                                                        Brief Action Planning included in research by doctoral candidate studying peer support and training for spinal cord injury.

                                                                        Methodist Medical Center, Illinois

                                                                        Primary care, community and pediatrics targeting obesity prevention. Train trainers, standardized patients and coders for research project.

                                                                        The BETTER 2 Study for Prevention in Primary Care, Canada

                                                                        Brief Action Planning for Prevention Practitioners (study interventionists) across Canada.

                                                                        First Nations Health Authority, BC

                                                                        Stepped-care Self-management Support and Brief Action Planning.

                                                                        San Mateo County, California

                                                                        Total Wellness Project: Training professionals and peers of a county mental health system in Brief Action Planning.

                                                                        Selected Publications & Presentations

                                                                        Gutnick D, Reims K, Davis C, Gainforth H, Jay M, Cole S. Brief Action Planning to facilitate behavior change and support for self-management. JCOM 2014;1:17-29. Download

                                                                        Reims K, Gutnick D, Davis C, Cole S. Brief Action Planning: A White Paper. Download

                                                                        Cole S, Davis C, Cole M, Gutnick D. Motivational interviewing and the patient-centered medical home: A strategic approach to self-management support in primary care (chapter) in Steidl J (ed.) Transforming patient engagement: Health information technology and the medical home. Patient-centered primary care collaborative, 2010.

                                                                        Cole S, Gutnick D, Davis C, Cole M, Reims K. Brief Action Planning (BAP): A self-management support tool in Bickley L. Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, 11th edition. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia 2013.

                                                                        Cole S, Bogenshcutz M, Hungerford D. Motivational interviewing and psychiatry: Use in addiction treatment, risky drinking and routine practice. FOCUS 2011; 9:43-54.

                                                                        Davis C, Gutnick D, Reims K. Motivational Interviewing for better partnerships. Institute for Healthcare Improvement International Summit, March 9, 2014.

                                                                        Davis C, Brief Action Planning, American Pediatric Association, Hawaii, January 6th and 8th, Honolulu, HI.

                                                                        Davis C, Brief Action Planning (1 day workshop), BETTER2 Prevention Study, September 17, 2013, Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada.

                                                                        Davis C, Domes A. Motivational Interviewing (2 day workshops) Alberta First Nations Home & Community Care, Edmonton, AB, June 2013.

                                                                        Gutnick D, Cole S, Davis C, Reims K. Motivational interviewing for the busy clinician (workshop) American College of Physicians, San Francisco, CA, April 2013.

                                                                        Davis C, Gutnick D, Reims K. Motivational Interviewing for Busy Clinicians (full day minicourse). International Summit on Office Practice and Outpatient Settings, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Glendale, AZ, April 2013.

                                                                        Davis C (1.5 day workshop) Brief Action Planning & Motivational Interviewing: A Focus on Change. North West Local Health Integration Network, Thunder Bay, ON, March 2013.

                                                                        Davis C and Godin L. (2 day workshops) Stepped-care Self-management Support, First Nations Inuit Health, Nanaimo and Kamloops, BC, September and October 2013. Davis C, Brief Action Planning (full day workshop). San Mateo County Total Wellness Project, San Mateo, CA, April 2012.

                                                                        Davis C, Gutnick D, Motivational Interviewing for Busy Clinicians (full day minicourse). International Summit on Office Practice and Outpatient Settings, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Washington DC, March 2012.

                                                                        Davis C. Stepped-care Self-management Support (1.5 day workshop). Pic River First Nation, ON, February 2012.

                                                                        Davis C. Patient Self-management (full day workshop). Practice Support Program, General Practice Services Committee, Vancouver, BC, November 2011.

                                                                        Gutnick D. Brief Action Planning for Motivation. WellMED, November 2011.

                                                                        Cole S, Gutnick D, Davis C. Web-based, interactive self-directed program for learning Brief Action Planning. Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers Forum, Sheffield, UK September 2011.

                                                                        Cole S. Grand Rounds. North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, June 2011.

                                                                        Cole S. Grand Rounds. Hofstra University School of Medicine, June 2011.

                                                                        Cole S, Gutnick D, Davis C. Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change in the Medical Home (Full day minicourse). 12th Annual Summit on Primary Care Office Practice. Institute for Healthcare Improvement Minicourse, Dallas TX, March 2011.

                                                                        Davis C. Motivating clients to be more involved in their care (Invited keynote) and Comprehensive Motivational Interventions (workshop). Home and Community Care Annual Conference, First Nations Inuit Health, Saskatoon, SK, November 2010.