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Motivational Interviewing: Relational Skills (Level 1 – March 2023)

Registration is now closed due to reaching our meeting limit.



Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based collaborative conversational style used to help strengthen an individual's own motivation and commitment to change. In this interactive, skills-based workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn about and practice the spirit and relational skills of MI.


Note: Participants must complete Motivational Interviewing: Relational Skills (Level 1) to be eligible to attend the subsequent training in the MI series: Motivational Interviewing: Technical Skills (Level 2). Those who fully attend Level 1 will automatically receive an invitation to register to attend Level 2.




After completing Motivational Interviewing: Relational Skills (Level 1), participants will:

  • Have an introductory level understanding of the purpose, benefits, and challenges of MI
  • Understand and practice the four processes used in MI: planning, evoking, focusing, and engaging
  • Recognize differences between helpful client engagement vs. harmful client engagement
  • Prepare to apply the spirit of Motivational Interviewing to patient interactions
  • Observe and practice the core skills of MI: listening, open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summarization.



Training Dates:

  • March 1, 2023 from 8:30AM-11:30AM CT
  • March 8, 2023 from 8:30AM-11:30AM CT
  • March 15, 2023 from 8:30AM-11:30AM CT




Registrants who fully attend this training will be eligible to receive 9 NAADAC certified continuing education (CE) hours. CE certificates are sent via email within two weeks after the conclusion of the training. 




Laura Saunders

Laura A. Saunders, MSSW

Laura 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.



To ensure all participants get the most out of these interactive virtual trainings, we ask that everyone be prepared to do the following in every session:


MI Meeting Etiquette



The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

Starts: Mar. 1, 2023 8:30 am
Ends: Mar. 15, 2023 11:30 am
Registration Deadline
March 1, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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