Course Description

Hours: 12

The training will cover phase one and two processes of motivational interview (MI), including the principles, skills, evocation and deepening of the awareness of sustain/change talk in session, with emphasis on moving more towards change talk as the session progresses. This training will include an educational review of key concepts from MI phase 1 and 2 therapy approaches and following this, a practical interactive learning experience of these key concepts linking theory to practice. This advanced MI session will focus on enhancing the applied skills regarding:

  • four processes of MI 
  • traps that promote disengagement
  • developing the skills of effective reflective responses
  • integrating values to achieving desired goals 
  • four styles of ambivalence 
  • choosing neutrality to explore ambivalence.
  • four subtypes of preparatory change talk
  • mobilizing activation change talk.
  • effective ways to respond to discord.
  • eliciting change talk.
  • identifying ‘hidden’ embedded change talk.
  • moving from evoking to ‘planning.’
  • strengthening the commitment plan
  • the importance of process, not just content

CACCF: 12 continuing education hours


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 548-889-4967

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Advanced Motivational Interviewing
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9:00AM to 4:00PM
Jun 02, 2025 to Jun 03, 2025
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Registration Fee non-credit $380.00
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Instructor: Ian Robertson, MSW, RSW

Location: This Professional Development course is being held remotely through Zoom. 

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

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