Introduction to Motivational Interviewing Training

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Hawaii State Kakuihewa Building

601 Kamokila Boulevard

Kapolei, HI 96707

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Monday,October 14, 2019; 8:30am to 4:00pm

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Motivational interviewing, a treatment approach developed by William Miller, has been well established as an effective way to promote behavior change in individuals. Following a brief review of the fundamental MI principles and micro-skills, this experiential Introduction to MI skill development training will focus on helping clients/patients to engage in change talk, and then make commitments to make behavioral changes based on goals that they have identified. Ample time will be devoted to real play and group practice sessions to enable training workshop participants to gain the skills necessary to elicit change talk from clients/patients with low levels of readiness for change, thereby increasing levels of motivation and moving them toward action to address their substance use issues.

Training Pre-Requisite

In order to attend this in-person training session, you are first required to complete an introductory online course. A Tour of Motivational Interviewing: An Inter professional Road Map for Behavior Change is a 4-hour, self-paced online course. It takes the learner on a tour of the essential skills used to strengthen an individual’s motivation for behavior change. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It can be used by a multitude of health professionals, including nurse practitioners, counselors, and social workers. Enrollment information for the self-paced, online course, entitled A Tour of Motivational Interviewing, is available at:

Upon completion of the 4-hour Tour of MI course, Please submit your completion certificate/CE certificate to Agnes Lamositele at to verify course completion. You will not be admitted to the Introduction to MI training if you do not provide proof of completion.

Target Audience

Intro to MI: A six-hour training is free and is open to staff who are interested in providing Motivational Interviewing, deliver SBIRT Services and Serve as Trainers including: Psychologists, LMFTs and LCSWs, Registered Nurses, Certified Substance Use Disorder Treatment Counselors and Other Behavioral Health Specialists/Clinicians

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the Introduction to MI Skill Development training session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe at least two components of the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing and why each is important to the effective application of Motivational Interviewing.
  2. Compare the effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing to traditional medical approaches to counseling clients/patients with substance use problems.
  3. Define at least three (3) key principles of Motivational Interviewing that can be utilized in conversations with clients and patients.
  4. Describe the importance of active listening before prematurely problem-solving solutions for the client/patient.
  5. Describe and demonstrate, through real plays and group discussions, the effective delivery of at least three MI micro-skills that be used to help clients/patients increase motivation for substance use related changes.
  6. Explain how to apply Motivational Interviewing techniques in typical circumstances encountered in behavioral health treatment settings.


Chris Rocchio, Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center

Jim Peck, Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center

Continuing Education

A total of six (6.0) CE credits are available for the Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

The training is approved by the Hawaii State Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division for 4.0‐6.0 education content hours (CSAC, CCJP, CCS, CPS, CCDP‐D, and CSAPA). This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers ‐ Hawai’I Chapter NASWHI‐CEP‐005 for up to four to six (4.0‐6.0) Social Work continuing education contact hours, zero (0) specifically in Ethics.

These trainings meet the qualifications for the provision of continuing education credits/ contact hours (CEs/CEHs) for the following disciplines:

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

UCLA ISAP is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (Provider #64812). UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for four to six (4.0‐6.0) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. UCLA ISAP is also an approved provider of continuing education for RADTs I/ II, CADCs‐CASs, CADCs I/II, CADCs‐CSs, and LAADCs (CCAPP,#2N‐00‐445‐1119), CATCs (ACCBC/ CAADE, #CP 20 872 C 0819), and CAODCs (CADTP, #151). Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #15455, for 4.0 to 6.0 contact hours. UNR CASAT is an approved provider of continuing education credit for NCACs I/II and MACs through the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug CE credit will be awarded at the conclusion of the training.

Partial credit will not be available for those participants who arrive late or leave early.

Instructions for Filing a Grievance Concerning UCLA ISAP’s Continuing Education Program:Please contact Dr. Thomas E. Freese, CE Program Administrator, in writing (UCLA ISAP, 11075 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90025) or by phone (310‐267‐5397).

Please Note:

  • Walk-in Registrations are not accepted.
  • Seat availability is a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Must complete the 4-hour A Tour of Motivational Interviewing (see link above).
  • Sign-In will be begin at 8:00 am and the training will begin promptly at 8:30 am.
  • Parking is available: Free with validation at the front desk.
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