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EPL: Motivational Interviewing Groups- Moving Together Toward Change

Enhanced Professional Learning (EPL) Series:

Motivational Interviewing Groups-
Moving Together Toward Change

Every Tuesday, January 24 - March 7, 2023 from 4:00 - 5:30pm Central

This FREE training series is available to any Behavioral Health, Substance Use Disorders, Mental Health, and Recovery Service providers located in HHS Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas). If you are outside of Region 6, you will be placed on a waitlist. 

Motivational interviewing is an empathic, goal-oriented therapeutic approach that elicits change in health, mental health, and addictive behaviors.  Originally an alternative to addiction approaches that relied on an expert, authoritarian stance in counseling, MI has evolved into a mainstream, evidence-based, and highly-used method for eliciting change that helps people live better and healthier across a wide variety of settings, clinical problems, and populations.

MI was developed as an individual approach, focusing on dyadic interactions between the person and the counselor.  However, adapting MI for use with a group of people requires reconceptualizing its core practices to harness the power of group support, cohesion and momentum.  Group leadership requires skills beyond those in dyadic counseling. Managing “conversational traffic” and facilitating open sharing among people with different experiences, goals, styles, and beliefs are essential skills for group leaders.  Effective leaders must be well-prepared to address unexpected situations and maintain therapeutic bonds with individual group members while facilitating a conversation among the whole group.  

This six-session experiential training provides information on adapting MI to groups across a variety of formats, and is highly experiential, leading participants through group practice exercises across the four phases of MI groups.  This series will incorporate evidence-based practices with the MI modality.  Participants will become part of a group, and some will have opportunities to lead the group.  Incorporating Motivational Interviewing group skills developed by the trainers, this series guides participants in successful group leadership, refocusing groups away from rehashing problems and toward inspiring positive change.


  • In order to be eligible and register for the MI-IP Series, applicants are required to complete the 4-hour, free, self-paced, online course Tour of MI: An Interprofessional Road Map for Behavior Change and submit an electronic copy of your certificate of completion during the registration process. TOUR OF MI CEUs: Participants can take the Tour of MI course and receive a FREE Certificate of Completion.  CEUs are offered at an additional price of $20.00.
  • Access to appropriate technology to utilize Zoom videoconferencing platform (internet connection, webcam, laptop/tablet, speakers and microphone)
  • Attend a one-hour online Orientation on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 4:00 pm CT
  • Commit to 6-weeks of online training for 1.5 hours weekly from January 31 – March 7, 2023 from 4-5:30pm Central
  • Complete weekly self-study learning activities
Continuing Education:

The series has been approved for a total of 16 contact hours (15 hours content instruction and one hour technology session) through the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) ACEP No. 6492. No credit will be awarded for non-attendance or partial attendance. 


For questions, please email the Workwise Staff at [email protected] . 


This training was developed in response to a need identified in Region 6 to provide the community with detailed and intensive training on motivating clients in group settings. This EPL is open to anyone interest, but we will make priority to our Region 6 states (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX).

Starts: Jan. 24, 2023 4:00 pm
Ends: Mar. 7, 2023 5:30 pm
Registration Deadline
January 23, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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