Course Description

Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based approach focused on exploring and resolving ambivalence and enhancing motivation to change. Based on the work of Dr. William Miller, Motivational interviewing has been applied and evaluated across a variety of health and lifestyle behaviours, including mental health, substance use, diabetes, weight management, HIV prevention, organizational change, and more. This workshop examines motivation as an interactive process between client and therapist, providing a variety of practice tools to address key issues in health behaviour change.

Motivational interviewing techniques have been described as “simple but not easy.” This dynamic and engaging workshop will give you the 'essentials' of motivational interviewing, including practical strategies that you can use with your clients right away. The content is interactive and responsive to participants’ learning needs; and includes live clinical demonstrations, case examples, video-vignettes and group discussion.


Course Details

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Respond to ambivalence in a constructive and productive way
  • Practice and apply four key strategies in motivational interviewing
  • Identify tools to increase client's 'change talk' in your sessions
  • Practice and apply approaches to clients who are unwilling (resistant) to change
  • Set clinical objectives in using motivational interviewing strategies with your clients


Approved for 12 hours ACSW Category “A” credits for Social Workers.


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