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Motivational Interviewing Foundations: Relational Skills

The Great Lakes MHTTC and ATTC offer this training to behavioral health and prevention practitioners in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.

Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based practice used to help people overcome their ambivalence about change. In this interactive, skills-based workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn about and practice the spirit of MI and relational skills. 



  • Describe Motivational Interviewing: purpose, benefits and limitations
  • Summarize each of the four processes in Motivational Interviewing
  • Recognize differences between engagement helps and harms
  • Prepare to apply the spirit of Motivational Interviewing to patient interactions
  • Observe and practice fundamental skills: Listening, open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarization.


This is a three-part training.  Participants will need to attend all of the sessions.  The session dates and times are: 

March 17, 2021
March 24, 2021
March 31, 2021

All session times are 8:30–11:30 AM CST

CEUs: 9 NAADAC CEUs will be awarded to participants who attend all three sessions. Partial credit will not be awarded.



Laura SaundersLaura A. Saunders, MSSW, is the Wisconsin State Project Manager for the Great Lakes Addiction, Mental Health and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers. Her position is housed at the UW–Madison, where she’s worked since 1988. Since 2001, Laura has provided SBIRT and Motivational Interviewing training to physicians, nurses, medical students, psychologists, specialty addiction treatment providers, social workers, physical therapists, health educators, and staff who work in correctional settings. She has provided feedback and coaching to hundreds of social workers, correctional staff, and other human service providers who are interested in using evidence-based practices with fidelity. Laura joined the international group of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 2006 (Sophia, Bulgaria) and is an active member of the Wisconsin MINT group.

Starts: Mar. 17, 2021 8:30 am
Ends: Mar. 31, 2021 11:30 am
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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