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Motivational Interviewing

A workshop for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, staff nurses, school nurses, social workers, psychologists, case managers, physicians, physician assistants, health educators and other interested helping professionals.

People often have conflicting feelings about making behavior changes. They have mixed beliefs and feelings about the good and not-so-good elements. 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.

Numerous studies show that Motivational Interviewing (MI) is one of the most promising ways of helping people to change behaviors by using a person-centered approach to help people to prepare for change by looking at and resolving their ambivalence and by 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.

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.

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
  • Diabetes management
  • Depression
  • Parenting
  • Educational decisions
  • Substance use
  • Tobacco use

This workshop provides practical skills for engaging people in the process of change and guiding them to find solutions. Teaching methods include lecture, demonstration, discussion, skill development, and case study analysis.

  • Late License - $445 (After Monday October 26, 2015
  • Motivational Interviewing registration is no longer available through CoMotion's website, please contact Zandra Grissom ( for registration information.

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.

For additional licensing information contact Zandra Grissom at

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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.

For Descriptive and Technical Information

Zandra Grissom


For Licensing Information/Customer Service

Express Licensing Program
UW CoMotion
4311 11th Avenue NE, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98105-4608
Phone: (206) 543-3970
Fax: (206) 616-3322