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Note: This session is now at capacity, but please email us ( if you are interested. We can put you on a waitlist and notify you if we repeat this offering. 

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a form of empathic dialogue for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change that can be used in adult education advising and coaching. It is designed to strengthen an individual’s motivation to meet their goals by eliciting and exploring reasons for change and unpacking the resistance that arises in the process. This four-part interactive offering gives participants an opportunity to learn the central concepts of MI and practice MI skills.

Note: When registering for October 15, you will automatically be registered for all four dates. Please note that attendance at all four sessions, as well as independent work, is required for completion.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Advisors and instructors who want to learn techniques for strengthening students’ motivation to achieve their goals
  • Administrators who are considering developing a culture of empathy and acceptance in their organizations

Basic Motivational Interviewing training contains four modules that are delivered over a period of 16 course hours and combine instructional hours and “on-task” remote learning hours. The series calls for a blend of theoretical discussion on the design and purpose of MI and in-class practice of the method.  Although instructional styles vary, the training outcomes are standardized. Each participant is expected to achieve the following:

  1. Understand and practice the spirit and principles of MI
  2. Understand and practice MI skills
  3. Understand and practice skills to strengthen a person’s "change" and "commitment" language

After the training, participants will have an understanding of the elements of Motivational Interviewing and its applications to adult education and workforce development. Teachers and advisors will understand how they can use this technique to enhance student motivation in the classroom and advising sessions. Administrators will understand how the method can be used for different aspects of programming, for example, intake/admissions, reporting, and evaluation. The training is participatory and the participants can expect to be engaged into discussion and practice scenarios for the most of the workshop. We will use a blend of large group discussion, role play, and brief lecture methodologies. Participants will be given a copy of the training materials.


Total time is 16 hours: 12 hours of group synchronous learning and 4 hours of independent reading/reflecting. Please note that attendance at all four sessions, as well as independent work, is required for completion. 

  • October 15, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (3 hours)
  • October 22, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (3 hours)
  • October 27, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (3 hours)
  • November 5, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (3 hours)

NOTE: When registering for October 15, you will automatically be registered for all four dates. We will be contacting you a week before the webinar with information on how to access the Zoom session. Watch for a confirmation email from

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the spirit and principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Discuss situations where MI could be used in your practice
  • Apply MI principles in a practice or role-play scenario
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

United States

PD Center
SABES Program Support PD Center - Advising
Topic Area
Career Pathways
Education and Career Planning