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Continuing Education and Workforce Development


“Learners are feeling truly rejuvenated and excited about the success they are having using MI with traditionally difficult client and patient challenges. Professionals exposed to the MI approach are experiencing how powerful it can be with individuals struggling to make behavioral changes.”

–Suzanne EckMaahs, Continuing Education Motivational Interviewing Instructor

Motivational Interviewing

What is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered and directive method of communication which increases client engagement in the change process, reinforces client self-motivation, improves completion rates and contributes to better outcomes. Developed in the addictions field, it has proven effective for clients with problem behaviors in mental health, corrections and other areas of healthcare. MCTC has trained more than 4,000 professionals throughout the State of Minnesota in MI and we offer beginning, intermediate and advanced training to effectively utilize the technique. Register today!

Why should I be trained in Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational Interviewing (MI) moves counselors and others interacting with clients towards bringing about change. MI training provides you with an opportunity to practice the subtle balance between its directive and client-centered approaches.

Training will help you to:

  • Develop unique listening and interviewing skills
  • Identify and explore client ambivalence
  • Respond to resistance
  • Identify and respond to client change-talk

Our MI training was developed specifically to meet CEU requirements for alcohol and drug counselors, social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, crisis counselors, nursing and allied health professionals.

Customize it!

Our courses can be tailored to your organization's needs and delivered at your site or ours. Contact us today to discuss customized training for your team.

For more information contact us at 612-659-6500 or continuinged@minneapolis.edu.

For additional information about MI, visit www.motivationalinterview.org.

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