Motivational Interviewing

Introductory and Advanced Training

January 26-28, 2018 | Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

What Motivates Change? Translating Theory Into Practice

This workshop in Portland, Oregon will educate clinicians on Motivational Interviewing (MI) - a state-of-the-art, evidence-based clinical counseling method designed to evoke intrinsic motivation for positive health behavior change. Originally developed in the drug and alcohol field, MI is now being widely applied in a variety of settings, including health care and criminal justice.

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Who Can Attend

This course will benefit nurses, rehab professionals, dietitians, care managers, counselors, social workers, health educators and mental health professionals.

Participants who wish to only attend the advanced training must have previously taken an introductory training course, or be actively using Motivational Interviewing in their current practice.


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Register online using the link above or the form below. Confirmations will be emailed. Space is limited; first-come, first-served. Register by December 29 to receive a $25 discount.

Registration Fee:

You may choose from three course options:

  • Two-day introductory course (January 26-27): $450
  • Three-day basic & advanced course (January 26-28): $600
  • One-day advanced training course only (January 28): $225

Your registration fee covers continental breakfast, refreshments, certificate of attendance and course handouts.

Refund Policy:

Full refunds, less a $25 administrative fee, will be granted if cancellation is requested by January 12. No refunds will be made after that date unless the course is cancelled by Providence Rehabilitation Services, in which case full refunds will be issued.

Contact Hours:

Each course day course qualifies for 6 contact hours for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech Therapists and Social Workers in Oregon. Certificates of attendance will be issued to all participants completing the CEU requirements.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #9069, for 6 Contact Hours per day.

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Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Apply the theories and principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI).
  • Understand the paradox of change; describe the spirit of MI.
  • Use appropriate techniques to open the conversation.
  • Ask open-ended questions to get the client to identify their own reasons and motivations to change.
  • Use listening skills, including reflections, to allow the client to hear their ‘change talk’ and guide participants toward change.
  • Provide feedback, information or education in a motivation-enhancing way.
  • Summarize and close the conversation to maximize effectiveness.
  • Develop a personal plan for practicing and incorporating the primary skills and strategies of MI into counseling practice.

About the Speaker


Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD is a registered dietitian who has been incorporating Motivational Interviewing (MI) into her clinical practice for 16 years. As a practitioner, she has received training and mentorship from some of the best trainers in the field - Stephen Rollnick, Denise Earnst and Steve Berg-Smith.

A member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers since 2002, Dana has facilitated more than 350 workshops throughout the United States. Her trainings introduce participants to the theory, principles and spirit of Motivational Interviewing, and focus on the use of MI in health care settings. Dana has trained doctors, dentists, dental hygienists, health educators, nurses, dietitians, case managers, personal trainers and diabetes educators. Participants of her workshops are guided through a sequence of learning activities to explore and shape counseling practice behavior, and to begin a process for developing proficiency in MI.

In addition to training, Dana has spent numerous hours coaching and mentoring people; research shows this is the best way to build skills.

Dana lives in Portland, Oregon where she co-founded Be Nourished, and works as a trainer, mentor, yoga teacher and nutrition therapist specializing in Health at Every Size® and Intuitive Eating. Dana holds a MS in Nutrition Science from the University of Florida and a BS in Food and Nutrition from Southern Illinois University. For more information about Dana, visit and


Day 1

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Exact times and course order subject to change as deemed appropriate by the instructor.

 9 a.m. Check In
 9:30 a.m. Introduction
View and debrief video examples of counseling style
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Brief review of theories and principles of Motivational Interviewing
12 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
 1 p.m. Listening
 2:45 p.m. Break
 3 p.m. Review OPEN EARS
 3:30 p.m. Open-ended questions
 4:15 p.m. Summary and wrap up
 4:30 p.m. Adjoiurn

Day 2

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 9 a.m. Check In
Resistance (discord) and Sustain Talk
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Eliciting change talk
12 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
 1 p.m. Empathic Listener
 1:45 p.m. Providing feedback, information and education
 2:30 p.m. Break
 2:45 p.m. FRAMES – 6 key elements of effective interventions
 3:30 p.m. Putting it all Together – The Four Processes of MI
 4:15 p.m. Conclusions and next steps
 4:30 p.m. Adjoiurn

Day 3 - Beyond the Basics

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 9 a.m. Introductions
 9:15 a.m. Bill Miller Chicago Interviews
 9:40 a.m. Review Proficiency Ratings
10 a.m. Effective Brief Interventions
10:20 a.m. Break
10:40 a.m. Reflections
11:30 a.m. Guiding Style of MI
12 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
 1 p.m. Activity: smoker scenario to write reflections
 1:20 p.m. Penny for Reflections Activity
 2 p.m. Discord vs Sustain Talk
 2:40 p.m. Break
 3 p.m. MI’s Four Processes
 3:30 p.m. Activity: Ten Minute Interview
 4:15 p.m. Summary of the training and next steps
 4:30 p.m. Adjoiurn