Motivational Interviewing


Jennifer Frey, PhD
Licensed Psychologist,
Motivational Interviewing Consultant

Discussion Forum:

Post training work:
  • May 1, 2012, 3-4 pm ET 
  • June 5, 2012, 3-4 pm ET
  • July 11, 2012, 3-4 pm ET
  • July 24, 2012 3-4 pm ET


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidenced-based practice in the treatment of individuals with behavioral health issues. MI works across a range of racially and culturally diverse populations, and behaviors including problematic substance use, health-promotion, medical adherence, and mental health issues. MI is a collaborative, person-centered counseling method for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change. The method supports change in a manner congruent with the person's own values and concerns and is thus an effective practice for minority populations and communities. The primary goals of this training, coaching, and feedback opportunity are: 

  • Understand what MI is and practice using it as an engagement strategy in your work as a NNED member working with diverse ethnic populations. 
  • Work together with presenter and other participants to practice applying MI in your work empowering others to reach their goals. 
  • Receive feedback and coaching on 2 submitted recordings of sessions. Actual clinical work will not be used to avoid any breaches of confidentiality.



Organizational teams of clinicians in behavioral health.


  • Participants will gain an understanding of the definition of Motivational Interviewing and important foundational concepts.
  • Participants will learn about the core skills used in Motivational Interviewing and practice using them.
  • Participants will understand the importance of change talk in supporting someone in making a change and practice identifying change talk when they hear it. 
  • Participants will practice strategies for eliciting change talk.


For more information visit the Motivational Interviewing website

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