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This event is for teachers and advisors to learn about the practice of Motivational Interviewing (MI), a form of empathic dialogue used to strengthen a student’s motivation and commitment toward a goal by eliciting and exploring their reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Advisors and instructors who want to learn techniques for strengthening students’ motivation to achieve their goals

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a form of empathic dialogue for strengthening a person’s motivation and commitment to change. It is designed to strengthen motivation for movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring a person’s reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. This well-researched tool is proven to increase the motivation and persistence of people who are struggling to set goals and/or achieve them.

In 2012, all of the intake and career counseling staff, and several teachers at Rhode Island Regional Adult Learning received training on how to conduct MI-based interventions. Six months after completing the training, staff and teachers who implemented the MI interventions reported that it helped them assist students in setting realistic goals. They also felt confident that they had a new tool in their tool box to help their students make progress towards their goals. Students also reported that they felt heard and understood during the MI-based intake process.

The presenter will offer an overview of this method for enhancing motivation and how it can be used with adult learners. You will have an opportunity to experience MI techniques and to discuss how to apply this approach in your programs.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the spirit and principles of Motivational Interviewing
  • Discuss situations where Motivational Interviewing could be used in your practice
  • Apply MI principles in a role-play or practice scenario
06/05/2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
Mount Wachusett Community College, Devens Campus, Room 103
One Jackson Place,27 Jackson Rd.
Devens, MA 01434
Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
Education and Career Planning
PDP Eligible: 
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