Integrating Motivational Interviewing and Logotherapy to Help Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders Recover

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.



Integrating Motivational Interviewing and Logotherapy to Help Clients with

Co-Occurring Disorders Recover



One of the tenets of motivational interviewing is that people change when there is a discrepancy between a current behavior and a goal. Some clients with co-occurring disorders report not having the opportunity to focus on life goals for years, others lack hope that recovery is possible. This presentation focuses on the integration of motivational interviewing and Logo-therapy to help clients recover. Logo-therapy was developed by the renowned psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl. Logotherapy helps clients turn life pain into life purpose.




  • Articulate the principles of motivational Interviewing.
  • Utilize principles of logotherapy to help clients with co-occurring disorders have hope and a sense of purpose in recovery.
  • Integrate techniques from motivational interviewing and logotherapy to help clients recover.





Mark Sanders

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is the State Project Manager for the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC and PTTC. Mark has worked for 40 years as a social worker, educator, and part of the SUD workforce. He is founder of the Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment and Recovery and co-founder of Serenity Academy of Chicago, the only recovery-oriented high school in Illinois. Mark is also an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, and the British Islands. 


Recently, Mark Sanders was named as the 2021 recipient of the NAADAC Enlightenment Award in recognition of his outstanding work and contributions to NAADAC, the field of SUD services, and SUD professionals. He is also the recipient of the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health’s 2021 Lawrence Goodman Friend of the Field award in honor of the many years of dedicated service Mark has provided to communities throughout his home state of Illinois.

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