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.

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.

Why does Motivational Interviewing work?

  • 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.

When: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Shoreline Conference Center
Featuring: Jonnae Tillman, Clinical Researcher at University of Washington School of Social Work/School of Medicine, Seattle

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.