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Click here for information on the VIRTUAL Workshops- Next  introductory training is March 28th 2024, Intermediate training is April 4th, 2024, and Advanced Virtual Training is April 11th, 2024.

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Do you have clients who can’t seem to make a positive change in their lives and are stuck in the same story?

  • Do you feel like you’re experiencing the same conversation with your client each time you see them?
  • Would you like to be able to have a different conversation with them that navigates towards change?

How do you move the conversation forward out of “discord” and “sustain-talk” and move your clients towards “change talk”?

Although ambivalence for behavior change is normal and a person can remain stuck in this cycle for years, one Motivational Interviewing conversation can create a shift in perspective and movement towards that desired change.

In these workshops you will learn how to:

  • Evoke motivation with clients who are ambivalent with change.
  • Identify the back story of what the client may not be telling you.
  • Differentiate and practice simple and complex reflections.
  • Practice skills to elicit, recognize and reinforce “change talk.”
  • Recognize and identity MI skills through role play.
  • Advance in all MI skills with focus on reducing client resistance to changing behavior.
  • Practice using advanced skills and demonstration or OARS with feedback.
  • Code video and audio tapes for OARS, collaboration, partnership, change talk (advanced).
  • Observe demonstrations of MI techniques.

Intermediate/Advanced Workshops will also include:

  • Recognizing and reflecting DARN (Desire, Ability, Reason, Need) statements through exercises to increase “change talk” in your clients.
  • Introduction to the MI coding system called the MITI 4.2.1 which shows levels of collaboration, partnership, empathy and change talk during conversations with clients to increase awareness of MI language.
  • Watching video or hearing audio tapes and coding for OARS (open-questions, affirmations, reflections, summaries.)

Train the Trainer Advanced Workshop – see this page for information.

This workshop is geared towards professionals working alongside clients with goals of health-related behavior change: physicians, nurses, health educators care managers, dietitians, social workers, counselors, psychologists, dentists, dental hygienists, life coaches, mediators, clergy, probation/corrections officers, school counselors, teachers, personal trainers, etc.

**Please note I  give CEU’s for therapists, psychologists in the state of Idaho (which need submission to their perspective organizations) and Registered Dietitians in all states (13 hours for in person trainings and 4 hours for virtual trainings) but not other professionals.

A Live 2 day training is now scheduled in Boise for Thursday/Friday
April 25-26th, 2024
Training will be held at the Eagle River Event Center
1015 S Bridgeway Place, Suite 200
Eagle ID 83616

Cost for the two day training is $425 which includes materials and morning tea/coffee.

If you are coming from out of town here is a link to nearby hotels and restaurants to Eagle River Event Center

As Uber is unreliable in this neighborhood, a great resource for getting to and from hotel/event center is W. Chauffeur’s Car Service – rates are comparable and all drivers are prompt and will check timetables for flights for an enjoyable stress-free ride!

Schedule for 2-day training: 9am-4:30 pm both days

Register for 2024 Trainings

Next Dates for Virtual:

March 28th, April 4th and April 11th, 2024

Schedule for Virtuals: 8:30-12:30 pm Pacific Time

1 training – $155

2 Trainings – $285

3 Trainings – $395

**Please note the specials are for 1 person who wants to attend multiple trainings within the dates above.


If technological difficulties email Susan or call 310-828-4476 to register.

Cancellation policy: if you need to cancel and it is more than 30 days of the scheduled training date you you can count the full amount as credit towards the next training (if space is available.) No refunds for trainings if cancellation is less than 30 days but a credit may be issued toward the next scheduled training if space is available. Refunds are only done via Affinipay and fees may apply for refunds from the initial transaction.