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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.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Advisors, instructors, and administrators who want to learn techniques for strengthening students’ motivation to achieve their goals and want to create a culture of empathy and acceptance

Basic Motivational interviewing (MI) training involves four modules that are delivered over a period of 16 course hours, combining instructional hours and “on-task” remote learning hours. The curriculum 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. After the training, participants will have an understanding of the elements of MI and its applications in adult education and workforce development. Teachers and advisors will understand how they can use this technique to enhance student motivation in the classroom and during advising sessions. Administrators will understand how the method can be used for different aspects of programs, such as intake/admissions, reporting, and evaluation.

This training is participatory and participants can expect to be engaged in discussion and practice scenarios for most of the session time. We will use a blend of large group discussion, role play, and brief lecture methodologies.


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. 

  • January 15, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (3 hours)
  • January 22, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (3 hours)
  • January 29, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (3 hours)
  • February 5, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (3 hours)

NOTE: When registering for January 15, you will automatically be registered for all four dates. 

For more information, contact Ruzica Banovic at

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the spirit and principles of 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