A nurse talks with a patient at University of Washington Medical Center.
A nurse at University of Washington Medical Center
discusses behavior changes with a patient.

Why people don't do what you tell them to do? 

You might have more success with getting people to change behaviors if you use motivational interviewing techniques. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a goal-oriented, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence.

Try Motivational Interviewing

  • MI helps people identify their own motivations for making lifestyle changes. 
  • MI is the opposite of telling people what to do and how to do it. 
  • MI activates discussion about change and minimizes talk about being stuck in unhealthy habits. 
  • MI involves specific, measurable skills designed to create effective interactions.

Where can I learn more?

Learn how to engage others in the process of change and guide them to find solutions at the next Motivational Interviewing Workshop presented by UW Continuing Nursing Education.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM    Add to Calendar
Shoreline Conference Center | Shoreline, WA   Map It

Friday, July 15, 2016 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM   Add to Calendar
WSU Spokane | Spokane, WA   Map It


Featured Speaker

Jonnae Tillman, BA
Clinical Researcher, University of Washington School of Social Work/School of Medicine; Adjunct Faculty, Seattle University College of Nursing, Seattle; Private Consultant, J Tillman Training, Seattle; Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

Featured Content

  • Why Don't Patients Just Do What We Say?
  • It's Not About Being Nice: Measurable and Observable Skills
  • Change Talk: The Intersection of Science and Art
  • Giving Information and Recommendations without Triggering Resistance
  • Strengthening Patient Confidence: Praise vs. Affirmation
  • How Motivational Interviewing Can Change Your Healthcare Setting
  • Putting Motivational Interviewing Skills into Practice

What past participants said about this workshop—

Awesome class! I would recommend this class to all providers taking care of patients in all disciplines.

I attended the Motivational Interviewing workshop two years ago by Jonnae Tillman and was blown away by the practicality and logic of the process. It opened a door for me to get to the bottom of why I was having difficulty seeing results with my patients. I still use the process today. 

This was one of the best trainings I have ever attended in my professional career. 

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