Motivational Interviewing Foundation: Relational Skills

12:30pm - January 21, 2021 | Timezone: US/Central
Great Lakes MHTTC
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The Great Lakes MHTTC offers this training to behavioral health professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.

This event series is currently full.  You can register for the next series beginning on March 17, 2021

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


  • Describe Motivational Interviewing: purpose, benefits and limitations
  • Summarize each of the four processes in Motivational Interviewing
  • Recognize differences between engagement helps and harms
  • Prepare to apply the spirit of Motivational Interviewing to patient interactions
  • Observe and practice fundamental skills: Listening, open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarization.

Training Dates: (Participants will need to attend all three sessions)
Session times: 12:30–3:30 PM CST)

January 21, 2021
January 28, 2021
February 4, 2021

CEUS: 9 NAADAC CEUs will be awarded to participants who attend all three sessions. Partial credit will not be awarded.


Laura SaundersLaura 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.