Motivational Interviewing Foundations Workshop

Motivational Interviewing Foundations Workshop:

  2 days of face-to-face training, followed by 3 hours of video practice and feedback sessions.

  Appropriate for a wide range of professionals and peer helpers.

The Foundations skills workshop focuses on building an understanding of the spirit of MI and developing core skills, including using OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries), responding to the way people talk about change, helping people to make Brief Action Plans, and understanding ‘resistance.’

Learners will attend a 2-day workshop, followed by 3 video practice and feedback sessions. For 12 weeks after the workshop, learners receive a series of weekly emails with resources and examples, prompting them to practice a specific skill in their interactions that week and then check in with a study partner or team.

This course can accommodate 12 learners per group.

Contact us for more information about registration.


What Learners are Saying

“The workshop was informative, supportive, helpful, and I will take these skills into my workplace to enhance client-centred care.”

  • Define motivational interviewing (MI).
  • Describe the spirit of MI and ways to express it.
  • Recognize the difference between three styles of helping interactions.
  • Contrast MI consistent and inconsistent practices.
  • Discuss listening with an uncluttered mind.
  • Describe and demonstrate the core skills for MI (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries).
  • Identify ways to provide information and advice consistent with the spirit of MI.
  • Demonstrate ask-tell-ask.
  • Recognize change talk and contrast with sustain talk.
  • Strategically respond to sustain and change talk.
  • Respond to change talk using the core skills for MI.
  • Describe the four processes of MI.
  • Demonstrate focusing.
  • Demonstrate Brief Action Planning.
  • Identify contributors to “resistance” and demonstrate MI consistent responses to “resistant patients or complex situations.
  • Consider ways to apply skills to practice.

This is an interactive skills-based workshop that is designed for participants who want to consider practical applications for their work. CCMI uses learner-centred, performance-based approaches to adult education. The MI Foundations Workshop includes:

  • Learning activities that evoke understanding and build skills.
  • Practice activities that increases practical understanding and allow trainers to provide constructive feedback.
  • Facilitated discussions about how new skills and knowledge can be applied in learners’ interactions.

Practice and feedback sessions increase the learner’s confidence and increase their ability to apply the concepts, skills, and strategies to practice. These one hour video practice and feedback sessions provide opportunities for participants to practice MI skills in groups of up to 4 with an MI trainer.

See our CCMI Services page for an overview of all of our offerings and details like workshop prerequisites, duration, and capacity.