Motivational Interviewing 101: Concepts and Applied Exercises

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Motivational Interviewing is one of the most-studied modalities for helping clients resolve ambivalence and achieve the changes they would like to see in their lives. A transdisciplinary skill, motivational interviewing (MI) can increase the effectiveness of anyone in a direct-contact role with others, including healthcare professionals, business managers, and psychotherapists.

Attendees will learn the core philosophies of MI, as well as specific techniques to put MI practices into action. This workshop series incorporates opportunities for small-group practice, to try out new skills and process the experience in real-time.


  • Discuss and practice the 4 components of Motivational Interviewing Spirit / Philosophy.
  • Explain and practice the OARS+I approach to forming therapeutic rapport and evoking intrinsic motivation.
  • Discuss and practice 3 or more specific strategies to elicit preparatory or mobilization “change talk” from clients.

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    Dr. Aaron Weiner

    Aaron Weiner, PhD, ABPP is a board-certified Psychologist and addiction specialist, and speaks nationally on the topics of addiction, behavioral health, and the impact of drug policy on public health. He earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed his fellowship in Addiction Psychology at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. His perspective is informed by his years of experience growing and directing addiction service lines for healthcare systems, the current state of medical and psychological research, and his own observations in private practice. He is a strong advocate for evidence-based care in treating chemical dependency and behavioral addictions, as well as a proponent of integrating behavioral health services into medical settings. Dr. Weiner is a member of the Physician Speakers Bureau for the National Safety Council, the Science Advisory Board for Smart Approaches to Marijuana, and a former Board Member for the Society of Addiction Psychology.

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  • CE Credits 3
  • Format Video
  • Quizzes 1
  • Skill Level Intermediate
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