Motivational Interviewing: Relational Skills

8:30am - September 28, 2022 thru 11:30am - October 12, 2022 | Timezone: US/Central
Great Lakes MHTTC
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The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.


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 the relational skills.


  • Describe Motivational Interviewing: Purpose, benefits, and limitations
  • Summarize each of the 4 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.


NOTE: Motivational Interviewing Relational Skills is a prerequisite for subsequent MI Technical Skills and SBIRT trainings.  At completion of Relational Skills you will receive the link to register for Technical Skills. The dates for Technical Skills are October 19, 26, & November 2 , 2022.  All sessions are from 8:30 - 11:30 AM Central Time.




Laura Saunders

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.



Participants who attend this training in full will be eligible for 9 NAADAC Continuing Education hours.  Partial credit will not be awarded