Introduction to Motivational Interviewing Part I - Theory

The posted time is inclusive of the 15 minute registration period. If you arrive later than 30 minutes from the posted time, you will be turned away and unable to attend the training.

Course Description: This is an introductory class on Motivational Interviewing, which is an evidence-based practice to help people change. Attendees will learn the process of change and the fundamental spirit and principles associated with MI.


This course is a prerequisite for Introduction to Motivational Interviewing Part II - Skills Practice.

Instructor: Mary Priscilla Grossman, LMFT (Program Director, Halcyon Center) The instructor is a 2012 Motivational Interviewing Network Trainer (MINT) member.

Learning Objectives:

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Describe the process of change and explain the Trans-theoretical Model of Change by Prochaska & Di Clemente.
  2. Explain the essential components of Motivational Interviewing (MI) which include the MI Spirit and the four MI processes.
  3. Demonstrate and practice the components of the MI Spirit (Autonomy, Compassion, Collaboration, and Evocation).
  4. Demonstrate and practice the components of the four MI processes (Engage, Focus, Elicit, and Plan).
  5. Demonstrate and practice the OARS communication style (Open questions, Affirmations, Reflections, and Summaries).
  6. Explain differences between “Change Talk”, “Sustain Talk”, and Resistance.

Audience: Basic Level Course; Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, Nurses and Clinical Staff

Cost: Regular Rate $100, Student Rate $25

Community Research Foundation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Community Research Foundation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The information contained in this course presentation was obtained from existing academic & research literature. There is no commercial support for any of the content. Any limitations and/or risks associated with the content will be addressed by the instructor during the course. Any additional questions or individuals in need of special accommodations should contact the CRF Training Coordinator at 619-275-0822 ext. 301 or Anyone with a concern, complaint, or grievance about this training activity should also contact the CRF Training Coordinator. Anonymity will be assured to the greatest extent possible.


Training Date:
May 14, 2020

Training Time:

Training Location:
To Be Determined

Student: $25
Regular: $100

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