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, Ph.D., ABPP, is a board-certified psychologist and addiction specialist who is highly regarded for his expertise in the field of addiction and behavioral health. He is recognized as an influential speaker on topics such as addiction, behavioral health, and the impact of drug policy on public health. Dr. Weiner received his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed his fellowship in Addiction Psychology at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. He has accumulated years of experience directing addiction service lines for healthcare systems, in addition to his own observations in private practice. He is deeply committed to evidence-based care in treating chemical dependency and behavioral addictions and advocates for integrating behavioral health services into medical settings. Dr. Weiner is currently the President of the Society of Addiction Psychology, on the Public Policy Committee for the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and on the Science Advisory Board for the Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions.

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