Motivational Interviewing 200

Motivational Interviewing 200

Motivational Interviewing 200 is aimed at providers and students that have had some previous MI training in their graduate programs, external workshops, or other forms of formal study. It is assumed participants will have attended at the very least, 2-3 days of in-person MI training within the last 5 years. As in MI 100 participants shall include psychologists, public health practitioners, counselors, LMFT’s, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, dentists, PT’s, ND’s, substance-abuse counselors, nutritionists, or diabetes educators, as well as grad students from these or related fields.

Motivational Interviewing 200 [12 hours CE total]. This small group workshop [N < 24] will combine updated didactic MI material, with more intensive and focused practice of MI skills within dyads, triads, and small or large groups. Participants will work with the leader and others in practicing and reflecting on current MI approaches, MI topics, and controversies. A vital aspect of MI 200 is that attendees are expected to make short tapes for review and focus on MI skill development.

Motivational Interviewing 200 is the middle of a 3-workshop series [MI 100, MI 200, MI 300] ideally stretching over 6-12 months of study, with coaching, and refined practice for fidelity coding. Evidence-based learning principles such as interleaving, re-testing, and self-testing are embedded into the workshop to facilitate participants in encoding, retaining, and utilizing their knowledge. MI 200 is consistent with MI practices in recent works [see below], and MI, 3rd Edition].

MI 200 Workshop/Course Learning Goals

  1. Analyze components of MI spirit as expressed through OARS Skills.
  2. Detail directive aspects of MI practice that contribute to better treatment efficacy/outcome.
  3. Describe how to adapt MI processes [Engage, Focus, Evoke, Plan] for provider’s situation.
  4. Demonstrate how to negotiate agendas by creation or use of menus.
  5. Demonstrate advanced application of OARS skills for all four skills.
  6. Elucidate how to focus on change talk and avoid sustain talk based on client values.
  7. Demonstrate responses to change talk/sustain talk in challenging clinical situations.
  8. Develop skills to find change talk embedded within sustain talk and/or discord.
  9. Demonstrate how to soften sustain talk with OARS.
  10. Utilize MI adherent approaches when sharing one’s professional expertise/information [EPE].
  11. Elucidate an overview of target counselor behaviors from MITI 4.2.
  12. Develop a personal MI learning plan geared toward an attendee’s practice setting.


  • 2 days [12 hrs CE; See handout w/ hr by hr schedule]
  • Rosengren, D.B. Building MI Skills: A Practitioners Workbook, 2nd Ed. Guildford [2018].
  • Miller, WR, Rollnick S. Motivational Interviewing, Helping People Change, 3rd ed.; Guilford, 2012 ]