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Motivational Interviewing: Technical Skills (Level 2 – February 2023)

The registration link for this training will be provided to participants who complete the prerequisite course Motivational Interviewing Level 1 (Relational Skills).


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



  • Define and summarize the processes of focusing and evoking
  • Identify different strategies for focusing and prepare to apply them to client interactions
  • Define and recognize change talk, sustain talk, and discordance
  • Differentiate between client cues of readiness, ambivalence, and discordance
  • Construct effective responses to different client cues
  • Design a plan for advancing individual MI skills

Prerequisite: Motivational Interviewing Level 1 (Relational Skills)



Training Dates:

  • February 8, 2023 from 8:30AM-11:30AM CT
  • February 15, 2023 from 8:30AM-11:30AM CT
  • February 22, 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 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 ATTC and MHTTC offer Motivational Interviewing and SBIRT training for behavioral health professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.

Starts: Feb. 8, 2023 8:30 am
Ends: Feb. 22, 2023 11:30 am
Registration Deadline
February 8, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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