Motivational Interviewing

A conversational style that focuses on a person’s priorities, values and interests.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a self-management support approach that uses a collaborative conversation style with patients, clients, or peers, in order to draw out and strengthen their motivation and commitment to change. Whether you are a home care nurse trying to help someone who is struggling with multiple chronic conditions or a case worker helping someone to meet their daily needs on a limited income, the core skills can be learned by anyone interested in supporting others to make change. MI is particularly useful for those who have the opportunity to engage with patients or clients who are facing complex situations, ambivalence, or multiple concerns.

Program Detail

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

Foundations of MI Skills

This workshop focuses on the following concepts and skills to to help people situate themselves for meaningful behavioural changes:

  • The four processes of MI
  • The Spirit of MI
  • Recognizing change talk
  • Understanding ‘resistance’
  • Responding with open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries

MI: Beyond the Foundations

Going Beyond the Foundations delves deeper into the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing, the four processes of MI, and working with people who may not seem ready or interested in making changes.

Trainer Course

The Trainer Course helps proficient MI practitioners gain the skills and confidence to teach MI to others. Trainees are taught by CCMI Master Trainers and are introduced to transformative learning approaches designed to help learners apply new skills in practice.

Practice and Feedback

Practice and Feedback calls are intended to increase trainee’s confidence and achieve proficiency in Motivational Interviewing. Based on either the Foundations of MI Skills or MI: Going Beyond the Foundations workshops, these one hour sessions provide opportunities for participants to practice MI skills in groups of up to 4 with an MI trainer.

Schedule & Fees

Please contact us to discuss fees based on your organization’s requirements, and for a schedule of upcoming sessions.

Additional Resources

Dr. Gutnick shares a personal story about using motivational interviews to work with a patient in her practice.

Learning Motivational Interviewing is like learning how to swim: time is spent out of the pool learning the what, why, and how but the most valuable time is spent practicing and receiving feedback on practice. As with any new skill, you build on what you already know. Many clinicians begin with basic skills that involve active listening and appreciating the expertise people have about their own lives. Most people practice with other staff and try out skills with patients as opportunities arise. Workbooks, exercises, coaching and practice over time all improve MI skills.

Mr Smith's Smoking Evolution
11 June 2012

Motivational Interviewing: A Conversation Style to Improve Engagement

Patients as Partners Knowledge-Building Webinar presented by CCMI
Presented on: Thursday February 12th, 2015

Motivational interviewing is a person-centred conversation style that helps to engage the person and increase their own motivation. One of the key strengths of motivational interviewing is the emphasis on the person’s priorities, values and interests.

The principles of motivational interviewing have been successfully applied for about 30 years in a variety of fields that require behavior or lifestyle changes. These principles are especially important as part of a self-management system for people with chronic conditions.

For more information please watch this webinar presented by Connie Davis, co-director of CCMI. The webinar covers the following topics:

  • Motivational interviewing as an approach to improve engagement and increase motivation
  • The underlying “Spirit” of Motivational Interviewing
  • The four processes of motivational interviewing – engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning
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