Motivational Interviewing

People often have conflicting feelings about their unhealthy behaviors. Change involves more than simply giving information. It is more effective to create a short conversation that quickly finds the person’s reasons for change. Numerous studies show that Motivational Interviewing (MI) is one of the most promising ways of helping people to change behavior.

This workshop offers practical tools to enhance your treatment of people with acute or chronic medical problems, mental illnesses, and substance abuse issues, with a special emphasis on areas such as:

· medication adherence

· physical activity

· drug and alcohol use

· smoking

· diet/nutrition issues

MI uses a person-centered approach that helps people to prepare for change by looking at and resolving their ambivalence about it. MI was developed by Bill Miller and Steve Rollnick in their book, Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change. Didactic instruction, demonstration, discussion, and practice with feedback are combined in an energetic, adult-learning environment. Over 200 randomized, controlled trials of MI have been conducted for the behaviors listed above. Overall, MI seems to work as well as comparison treatments for these behaviors—but in less time.


Early License - $395 (Before Firday May 8, 2015)
Late License - $445 (After Friday May 8, 2015)

For licensing information contact Zandra Grissom at

Cancellation Policy:

If you register and are unable to attend, you can apply your Fee toward a future training within one year of University of Washington's receipt of cancellation notification. (Costs incurred by the registrant, such as airfare and hotel, are the responsibility of the registrant.) The University of Washington reserves the right to cancel this course twenty (20) days prior to the course date when a minimum enrollment is not met or for other reasons that prevent the University from holding the course. Each registrant will be notified by telephone followed by written notification and a full refund.

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Licensing Information

Motivational Interviewing is one of the many software programs and tools created at the University of Washington available through our Express Licensing Program. These agreements have standard terms and conditions that allow for rapid licensing by companies, organizations, or individuals

The conditions and financial terms of this license apply only to those who download the license, sign it and return it "as is" to the UW Center for Commercialization. Some Express Licenses may be modified for an additional cost. Other licensing arrangements may be available.

For Descriptive and Technical Information

Zandra Grissom


For Licensing Information/Customer Service

Express Licensing Program
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