Motivational Interviewing: Coding and Coaching June 2023



In this 4-part series, participants will learn to use this coding process through self-study, telephonic didactic lectures, and group and individual practice. Those who complete this course will feel more confident in using the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) Code to score audio-recorded sessions. They will also be prepared to use the MITI measurements to coach others or to provide themselves with instructive feedback on how to improve practice and work toward fidelity to the model. 

Note: Participants must complete Motivational Interviewing: Relational Skills (Level 1) and Motivational Interviewing: Technical Skills (Level 2) to be eligible to attend the subsequent training in the MI series: SBIRT and Coding & Coaching (Level 3). Those who fully attend Level 1 and Level 2 will automatically receive an invitation to register to attend Level 3.




  • Describe the strengths and limitations of the MITI 4.21 tool for assessing practice
  • Distinguish helper utterances according to the rules on the MITI 4.2.1
  • Appraise the helper’s sample for cultivating change talk, softening sustain talk, empathy, and partnership
  • Experiment with giving feedback based on MITI 4.2.1 to improve MI practice



Training Dates:

  • June 7, 2023 from 8:30AM-11:30AM CT
  • June 14, 2023 from 8:30AM-11:30AM CT
  • June 21, 2023 from 8:30AM-11:30AM CT
  • June 28, 2023 from 8:30AM-11:30AM CT




Registrants who fully attend this training will be eligible to receive 12 NAADAC certified continuing education (CE) hours. CE certificates are sent via email within two weeks after the conclusion of the training. 




Laura Saunders

Laura A. Saunders, MSSW

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.



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The Great Lakes ATTC and MHTTC are 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.

Starts: Jun 7, 2023 8:30 am
Ends: Jun 28, 2023 11:30 am
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