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Motivational Interviewing

People often have conflicting feelings about making behavior changes. Change involves more than simply giving people new information. Instead, it is more effective to engage in a short conversation that quickly helps someone find their personal reasons for change.

MI creates a partnership between health professionals and their patients/clients, enabling them to work together as "co-experts" towards shared goals.

  • MI helps people identify their own motivation for making lifestyle changes.
  • MI is the opposite of telling people what to do and how to do it.
  • MI activates discussion about change and minimizes talk about being stuck in unhealthy habits.
  • MI involves specific measurable skills designed to create effective interactions.

MI uses a person-centered approach that helps people to prepare for change by looking at and resolving their ambivalence and focusing on "Change Talk", the personal ability/reasons/need/desire to make changes. MI was developed by Bill Miller and Steve Rollnick in their Book, Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change.

This workshop offers practical tools to enhance your skills and confidence working people making behavior changes in health care, mental health, substance abuse or life decisions. Some examples include:

  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Medication Adherence
  • Depression
  • Diabetes Management
  • Substance & Tobacco use


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Cancellation Policy:

If you register and are unable to attend, you can apply your Fee toward a future training within one year of University of Washington's receipt of cancellation notification. (Costs incurred by the registrant, such as airfare and hotel, are the responsibility of the registrant.) The University of Washington reserves the right to cancel this course twenty (20) days prior to the course date when a minimum enrollment is not met or for other reasons that prevent the University from holding the course. Each registrant will be notified by telephone followed by written notification and a full refund.

Licensing Information

Motivational Interviewing is one of the many software programs and tools created at the University of Washington available through our Express Licensing Program. These agreements have standard terms and conditions that allow for rapid licensing by companies, organizations, or individuals.

The conditions and financial terms of this license apply only to those who download the license, sign it and return it "as is" to the UW Center for Commercialization. Some Express Licenses may be modified for an additional cost. Other licensing arrangements may be available.

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