Motivational Interviewing (MI): An Introductory Intensive

General Information

Presenters: Steven Malcolm Berg-Smith, MS with special guest Stephen Rollnick, PhD

Dates: May 17-18, 2023 (9am-1:30pm ET)

Fee: $475 (Earlybird discount until 4/1 $325) Includes full technical support, handouts, and CE credits.

Venue: Online Webinar

Motivational Interviewing (MI): An Introductory Intensive


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a practical, evidenced-based communication and counseling style for activating clients’ own motivation and commitment for positive change.  Originally developed in the drug & alcohol field, more than 1900 controlled clinical trials involving MI have been published across a range of populations and clinical issues.  This 8-hour MI introductory workshop will provide participants an in-depth overview of the theory, principles, skills, and current advances in MI; and support participants in becoming familiar with the simplicity and the complexity of MI.  Participants will be guided through a series of learning experiences and activities to initiate the on-going development of MI proficiency. Learning activities will include demonstrations, video examples, story-telling, case studies, real-plays, small group exercises, participant practice with feedback, and Q & A with the co-founder of MI, Stephen Rollnick. 


Steven Malcolm Berg-Smith, MS, is a behavior change counselor, health educator, and trainer of motivational interviewing (MI).  A long-time member of the MI Network of Trainers (MINT), he is a MINT certified trainer, and over the past 25+ years has facilitated more than 1200 MI trainings in the US and internationally.  He has authored a book on the “The Art of Teaching Motivational Interviewing,” and a reputation for facilitating MI trainings that are engaging, enduring, and practical.  Steve currently maintains a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Stephen Rollnick, PhD, is Honorary Distinguished Professor in the School of Medicine at Cardiff University, Wales, UK.  He is a cofounder of motivational interviewing, with a career in clinical psychology and academia that focused on how to improve conversations about change, and helped to create the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.  Dr. Rollnick has published widely in scientific journals and has written many books on helping people to change behavior.


Motivational Interviewing (MI): An Introductory Intensive


  1. 1. Describe the spirit and interpersonal style of MI
  2. 2. Identify the 5 foundational communication skills of MI from demonstrations and video examples
  3. 3. Recognize client change talk in MI examples
  4. 4. Describe the 4 processes of MI for navigating clinical conversations in the direction of client change goals.
  5. 5. Demonstrate core strategies for evoking clients’ own reasons and ideas for change in real-play activities
  6. 6. Identify one key issue for incorporating the primary skills and strategies of MI into counselling practice

Application Deadline

May 15, 2023 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $25) until April 15,  2023.  Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).


Conference is via webinar. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.

Course level


Level of clinician 



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CE Information

Continuing Education Credit is granted through Nefesh International for the following professions: Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and LMFTs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0048.This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Neuhoff Psychological Consulting . NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International, maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Satisfactory Completion:

  • Participants must have paid the tuition fee, signed in or logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (for pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% is required.) Failure to sign/log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training. 


Arkowitz, H., Westra, H, Miller, W., & Rollnick, S. (2015).  Motivational interviewing in the treatment of psychological problems (2nd Edition).  New York: Guilford Press


Frey, J., & Hall, A. (2021).  Motivational interviewing for mental health clinicians.  Eau Claire, WI: PESI Publishing.


Frost, H., Campbell, P., Maxwell, M., O’Carroll, R.E., Dombrowski, S. U., Williams, B. & Pollock a. (2018).  Effectiveness of motivational interviewing on adult behavior change in health and social care settings: An overview of reviews.  Physiotherapy, 102(Suppl. 1), e59-e60.


Magill, M., Bernstein, M.H., Hoadley, A., Borsari, B., Apodaca, T.R., Gaume, J., & Tonigan, J.S. (2019).  Do what you say and say what you are going to do: A preliminary meta-analysis of client change and sustain talk subtypes in motivational interviewing. Psychotherapy Research, 29(7), 860-869.


Miller, W. & Rollnick, S. (2014) Motivational interviewing: Helping people change (3rd Edition).  New York: Guilford Press.


Rollnick, S., Miller, W., & Butler, C. (2022).  Motivational interviewing in health care: Helping patients change behavior (2nd Edition).  New York: Guilford Press.

Rosengren, D. (2018). Building motivational interviewing skills: A practitioner workbook (2nd Edition).. NewYork: Guilford Press.

Motivational Interviewing (MI): An Introductory Intensive


Day 1: May 17, 2023 9:00am-1:30pm
    1. Welcome, Introductions, and Expectations: 9:00-9:15am


    1. Opening exercises: 9:15-9:45am

    2. The Limits of Persuasion: Minimizing Resistance: 9:45-10:00am
    3. MI Demonstration: 10:00-10:15am
    4. MI Practice: Listening with Presence: 10:15-10:30am

      BREAK: 10:30-10:45am
    5. Definition of MI: 10:45-11:00am
        - The “Spirit” of MI
            - The Four Principles of MI
    6. Introduction to OARS + I: 11:00-11:15am

          - Open-ended Questions
          - Affirmation

          - Reflective Listening
          - Summary

          - Information Offering

    1. Asking Open-ended Questions: 11:15-11:30am
    2. Opening & Closing the Conversation: 11:30-11:45pm
    3. Change Talk: Guiding clients towards motivation & confidence: 11:45-12:00pm
    4. Reflective Listening Practice and Demonstration (Part 1): 12:00-12:15pm

    BREAK: 12:15-12:30am

    1. Constructing Change Talk Focused Open-ended Questions: 12:30-45pm
    2. Rolling with Resistance: 12:45-1:00pm
    3. Wrap-up: Key Learning’s: 1:00-1:30PM
Day 2: May 18, 2023 9:00am-1:30pm
  1. Key Learning’s from Day 1: 9:00-9:15am


  1. Strategic Listening (part 1): Forming Reflective Listening Statements: 9:15-9:45am


  1. Assessing Readiness for Change:9:45-10:30am


BREAK: 10:30-10:45am


  1. Q & A with Steve Rollnick: 10:45-11:15am


  1. Strategic Listening (part 2): Reflective Listening with Guidance: 11:15-11:45am


  1. Exploring Ambivalence: 11:45am-12:15pm


  1. Offering Information & Advice: Explore—Offer—Explore: 12:15am-12:30pm

BREAK: 12:30-12:45am

  1. Moving from Preparation to Action:12:45-1:00pm
  2. Putting It All Together: 1:00-1:15pm

      - Pre-post assessment


  1. Wrap-up: 1:15-1:30pm

       - Key Learnings

       - Evaluations  


Motivational Interviewing (MI): An Introductory Intensive