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Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based approach to helping people living with mental illness, addictions and other chronic conditions make positive behavioral changes to support their overall health. Based on four fundamental processes — engaging, focusing, evoking and planning — it provides a framework for creating a dialogue about behavior change.

You can use these tools to create conversations that empower the people you treat to make meaningful changes. Let us help you get there.

Full-day Onsite Motivational Interviewing Training

$4500 per member/$5000 per non-member

This training uses a variety of methods including videos, paired and small group exercises, self-reflection activities and observation. Participants will:

  • Learn how to apply the four fundamental processes of MI;
  • Observe and practice how to prompt behavior change using MI strategies; and
  • Leave with practical ideas and plans for integrating MI into their daily work.

Half-day Onsite Motivational Interviewing Training (repeated AM and PM)

$4500 per member/$5000 per non-member

This onsite workshop provides a taste of MI while minimizing time away from direct care by allowing the organization to split attendance across two time frames. Participants will learn about the four fundamental processes of MI and have an opportunity to practice with brief activities and demonstrations. Note: Booster sessions listed below are strongly encouraged following this training.

Motivational Interviewing Booster Sessions – Three 1-hour monthly calls

$300 per hour

Research suggests that one-time training does not ensure competency in MI. Ongoing coaching and feedback are necessary to enhance skills and develop sustainability. This series of calls is for prior training participants who want to hone their skills through bonus practice and feedback. Reading materials, tips and tools are provided between calls


  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA, National Council for Behavioral Health – Pam is a Motivational Interviewing trainer and is listed in the National Registry of SBIRT Trainers from the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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For more information or to schedule a training, please contact Stephanie Swanson at