Motivational Interviewing Into Practice

Motivational Interviewing Into Practice for School-Based Mental Health Professionals

12:00pm - February 3, 2022 thru 1:30pm - March 31, 2022 | Timezone: US/Mountain
Mountain Plains MHTTC
Registration Deadline: February 3, 2022
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Continuing Education

This series has been approved for a total of 21 contact hours (20-hours content instruction and 1-hour orientation session). No credit will be awarded for non-attendance or partial attendance. 


Each session will go from 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. MT / 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. CT.

February 3, 2022

February 10, 2022

February 17, 2022

February 24, 2022

March 3, 2022

March 10, 2022

March 17, 2022

March 24, 2022

March 31, 2022

Event Description

Would you like to enhance your current knowledge and practice on how to effectively use Motivational Interviewing (MI) in a school-based setting? This 9-week online Enhanced Professional Learning (EPL) interactive series will cover topics and provide interactive practice opportunities essential to the development and/or refinement of MI skills and relational style. Emphasis is placed on the “intentional use” of MI skills to identify a change goal, resolve ambivalence, and increase motivation for change. 

Participant Commitment & Expectations 

  • To be eligible and register for this MI-IP Series, applicants are required to first complete the 4-hour, free self-paced, online course Tour of Motivational Interviewing and submit the electronic copy of your Certificate of Completion during the registration process  

  • Attend a one-hour online orientation session 

  • Commit to 8-weeks of live online training for 1.5 hours weekly  

  • Complete weekly self-study learning activities 

  • Access to appropriate technology to utilize videoconferencing platform (e.g., internet connection, webcam, laptop/tablet, speakers, and microphone) 

  • Be prepared and actively engage during scheduled series time 



Registration for this series is limited to 40 school-based mental health professionals who work in HHS Region 8 states on a first come, first served basis (Region 8 includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming). Once the 40 spots have been filled, registration will be closed. Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements, please defer this registration opportunity to others. 
Registrants enrolled in this series are expected to attend the orientation and Week 1 sessions. If you cannot attend these sessions, you will forfeit your attendance. In addition, it is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by February 10th to be able fully participate and be on camera during the session. This is not a webinar series and active participation is required to gain/improve skills. 


Paul Warren, LMSW

Paul Warren










Paul is a Research Project Director at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and a Senior Staff Trainer and Curriculum Writer at the Northeast and Caribbean – Addiction Technology Transfer Center (NeC-ATTC). In 2017 he co-developed the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s, Training and Practice Implementation Institute, which currently provides training, technical assistance and practice coaching that promotes the adoption and refinement of Motivational Interviewing practice within the substance use disorder workforce. Paul began his social services career providing direct services to people living with HIV/AIDS in 1991 – 2003 and also served as a Clinical Supervisor for Group Services; providing supervision for a staff of forty volunteer clinicians. Paul is a graduate of Hunter College School of Social Work and specialized in Group Work, guided by his mentor George S. Getzel.


Kate Speck, PhD, MAC, LADC

Kate Speck










Kate has over 40 years’ experience as an educator/trainer in behavioral health. She has a strong background in prevention/intervention and has taught addiction courses at the post-secondary level for the past 25 years. She is currently retired and working as an independent contractor with University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, agencies and organizations for training and consultation. Previously, Kate has served as administrator of a school-based intervention program and has developed and directed addiction treatment programming in Iowa, Louisiana, and in Nebraska and worked in residential, outpatient and EAP settings. She trains for community organizations and has a strong background in prevention/intervention, addressing addiction in families, working with pregnant and parenting women, and in training and education. Kate regularly trains in suicide prevention, disaster behavioral health, trauma, ethics, and in Motivational Interviewing, and as a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (IMINT), and Co-Chair of the MINT Professional Development Committee, she has provided training and technical assistance locally