Do you want to improve the quality of your communication with patients? Or support your patients to successfully change their health behaviors? As a healthcare provider, you may feel frustrated when working with patients that seem “resistant” or “non-compliant” when it comes to behavior change. This can even affect your experience of connection, effectiveness, and job satisfaction. If you are interested in improving your patient interactions and increasing your ability to effectively support patients towards health behavior change, Motivational Interviewing (MI) training can help.

Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative conversational style that strengthens a person’s own motivation and commitment to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. MI is a guiding approach that is used in a variety of healthcare settings to assist individuals to prepare themselves to take action.

There is robust scientific evidence to support the efficacy of MI in helping patients make positive health behavior changes. What some providers do not know is that MI affords a variety of potential benefits to the MI practitioner as well. Implementation of MI in your practice will likely be beneficial to your patients, improve clinical outcomes, and may decrease your own feelings of professional “burn-out,” providing a boost to the enthusiasm you bring to your work.

Program Cost
Each two-day training is $675.

Program Location
All trainings are held at the Health Sciences Library on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. Click here for transportation and lodging information.

DIMENSIONS: Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change – Level I – VIRTUAL!

Next Training: October 28-29, 2020

In this two-day intensive training, participants will learn the fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing (MI), a collaborative conversational style that strengthens a person’s own motivation and commitment to change. Participants will be guided through a sequence of learning activities to support the development of proficiency in the application of MI. Through activities designed to facilitate a deep understanding of the core MI concepts, participants will have an opportunity to practice and implement basic MI skills and strategies to reinforce their learning.

Training Objectives

  1. Explore ways to enhance behavior change using the MI approach;
  2. Learn the key principles of MI, including the MI “heart” set and core processes;
  3. Learn core MI skills, including OARS;
  4. Engage in activities that illustrate the fundamental MI skills and strategies;
  5. Practice MI skills and strategies designed to evoke motivation for change.

Who should attend? Any healthcare professional who:

  1. Works with people to change their health behaviors;
  2. Is interested in translating their MI knowledge into practice;
  3. Wants a hands on opportunity to hone their MI skills.

DIMENSIONS: Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change – Level II – VIRTUAL!

Next Training: December 9-10, 2020

This two-day intensive training will focus on advanced application of Motivational Interviewing (MI) for health care professionals, including methods for:

  • Strategically eliciting and strengthening change and commitment talk;
  • Decreasing and managing discord;
  • Deepening skills of engagement and evocation.

This dynamic and experiential training will feature didactic material, trainer demonstrations, real-play exercises, and audio (or video) recorded practice, coding, and self-evaluation. Enrollment will be limited to 30 people. Co-facilitators and at least one training assistant will be present all day, each day to provide opportunity for personal attention to every participant.

 Who should attend? Any healthcare professional who:

  1. Has prior training and reasonable proficiency in Motivational Interviewing*;
  2. Is interested in taking your MI skill base to the next level in clinical care;
  3. Is fulfilling advanced training requirements for application to the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

*A prerequisite for participation in the DIMENSIONS: Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change – Level II training is either:

  1. Completion of the DIMENSIONS: Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change – Level I training;
  2. OR another one- or two-day beginning level MI workshop AND have met the following core competencies:
  • Understand the stages of change;
  • Understand the MI heart set, processes, and core skills;
  • Able to recognize change and sustain talk in behavioral change conversations;
  • Able to demonstrate beginner level competency and comfort in using MI skills and strategies in the context of behavior change conversations.