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Motivational Interviewing (MI) Skills Days

In-House MI Skills Capacity Building System

August 6, 20 & 27, 2024

~ 3 Rules for Success in Building In-house MI Capacity ~

Program Outline

MI is a method used for over 50 years to help people change behaviors. Professionals have come to realize how effective this method is and make it an essential part of their tool kit. While MI is intellectually understandable, true success comes from practice, coaching, and ongoing in-house training. Organizations otherwise must rely heavily on external trainers to provide the periodic training of staff that would otherwise be conducted efficiently in-house. The unintended consequence is that valuable resources and investments often go to waste. To avoid over-reliance on external trainers, serious organizations must provide ongoing coaching and support by establishing systems to ensure staff retain MI skills training they received.

A Smarter Approach: Success Keys for MI Skills Building

Forward-thinking organizations recognize the importance of instituting processes and systems. The right systems are sustainable and even replicable for enhancing skills acquisition, professional development, and retention of good people. They also help to reduce constant dependence on external trainers and programs.

At "MI Skills Days" we teach the proven 3-Step Success System. It is designed to help organizations utilize their internal resources to institute durable in-house MI skills capacity by adapting what they are already doing - NOT starting from scratch!

The keys to success are:

  1. Train All Staff the Method. Bring together frontline and direct services teams, their supervisors, and in-house trainers for MI fundamentals training.
  2. Train Supervisors to Coach the Method. Equip supervisors and in-house trainers on how to use the method to manage their teams and coach the method.
  3. Train In-House Trainers to Teach the Method. Provide introductory basics of how to teach MI skills to existing staff and introduce new hires to the method.

This streamlined approach ensures an agency can maintain and grow MI capacity internally.

Benefits of Our Approach

  • Skill Acquisition: Staff acquire practical MI skills that can be immediately applied to their current roles.
  • Reduced Dependency: Organizations rely less on external trainers by utilizing internal resources for MI training.
  • Replicable Model: Our 3-Step System ensures a consistent and sustainable approach to skill development.
  • Comprehensive Approach: Confidence from a program squarely focused on nuts and bolts for proven skills building and implementation science.

Join us and let’s enhance your team’s capacity together! 🌟

"MI Skills Days" & How It Is Organized

  • Step-1 (August 6): Train the entire staff on MI fundamentals.
  • Step-2 (August 20): Train Supervisors and In-house agency trainers together on staff coaching skills.
  • Step-3 (August 27): Introduce essential MI trainer skills to In-house agency trainers to put them in a position to begin providing meaningful ongoing training.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

  • Understand MI Fundamentals: Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of MI principles and techniques.
  • Develop In-House Training Skills: Supervisors and in-house agency trainers will learn how to coach staff in applying MI skills.
  • Establish Sustainable MI Systems: In-house agency trainers will be equipped to provide ongoing training and coaching for both existing and new employees.
  • Skill Acquisition: Staff will acquire MI skills that can be adapted to their current roles without starting from scratch.
  • Reduced Dependency: The organization will reduce its reliance on external trainers by utilizing internal resources for MI training.
  • Replicable Training Model: The organization will have a replicable 3-Step System for continuous skill development and retention.

These objectives and outcomes align with the 3-Step System approach and are focused on initial learning, practice, coaching, and follow-up training to create a sustainable in-house MI skills development system.

Our "MI Skills Days" is an efficient and affordable venue any agency and its staff may attend to begin instituting the 3-Step System. Program dates are spaced out over several weeks for your scheduling convenience and you can elect to attend 1, 2, or all 3 steps of the system at once. 

Take this opportunity to get the entire team on the same page! Save by taking advantage of our group rates and membership plans.

Why Attend?

Human, social, or justice services professionals come here to learn ways they can adapt what they are currently - rather than start from scratch.

Say goodbye to disjointed training initiatives that are truly a waste of time and investment.

Make the shift to a coherent and efficient approach that ensures all stakeholders (staff, clients and their families, and relevant community providers) participate. 

  • Join us for 1, 2, or all 3 days of live online sessions.
  • Benefit from expert coaching that provides clarity and guidance.
  • Cap off your experience with optional certification.

Team Attendance Matters: Success is a team sport! Learn together, collaborate, and grow as a unit.

Register 4 for the price of 3!

Team attendance highly encouraged! Take advantage of Group rates and SAVE BIG! Register 4 for the price of 3!

Team Attendance Highly Encouraged! Take this opportunity to get the entire team on the same page!

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What Others Said!

  • L. Novacek, The Hospitality Project

    I truly do appreciate the instructor and his enthusiasm. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to have to be "up" and enthusastic for such a long training especially when there are so many people who are attending who are non-responsive or aren't on camera. His level of expertise and knowledge of this topic is wonderful. I think that this training has been a good investment of my time (and my agency's money).

  • Annonymous

    ​Although the training was done online via Zoom, it was very interactive and engaging.  The presenter did an amazing job of keeping the pace of the training and having everyone involved, his definition/explanations of the techniques we learned was clear and helpful.  I really enjoyed the breakout rooms/sessions, it was nice to be able to still interact with each other online.  

  • S. Smuda, Washoe TANF

    I was instantly invigorated.  I remembered how much I like this training.  Sad to say I've not really applied it but I will now!  What I liked best was 1.  Remember how much I really like this tool.  And 2.  Extremely pleasantly surprised we got to break out in groups.

  • S. Weatherall, Grand Ronde Headstart

    Even though I get nervous I really liked the interactive element and how it seemed very conversational, not just someone preaching to us and expecting us to just retain a bunch of information and acronyms. I also liked the opportunity to practice with real things that are going on in our own lives

  • Annonymous

    Our facilitator was great and friendly. It created a more casual approach for our participation as well to learn the information. The layout of both days was easy, and it was great to not just have a presentation/and or read off our handouts.

  • J. Roberts, Eckerd

    The fact that the instructor obviously had applied these skills in real world settings made the training more meaningful.

    I liked his use of the breakout rooms and found it definitely kept me more engaged.

  • Annonymous

    I really enjoyed the presenter modeling before sending us into activity. The group sessions and facilitators' pace and information was all 

  • A. Waller, Eckerd

    The workshop was very informative and helpful, I enjoyed the interaction with other professionals as well as the information.  It will definitely help with effectively doing my job as well as everyday interactions.

  • I. Ford, Kodiak Healthcare

    The presenter was very knowledgeable on the subject and was great at encouraging people to engage with the activities. 

  • Annonymous

    I enjoyed that you had a presenter who was very informative, yet made the sessions fun.  He would give us good feedback on how to work with our clients.  He used a lot of examples that were easy to understand and relate to.

  • Annonymous

    The ASK TELL ASK and how the client question can be answered without them feeling offended especially at the time  I think the instructor did a great job! I believe improvement is needed at our end!


Trevor J. Manthey, Ph.D., MINT, CEBP

Trevor Manthey is engaged in researching and training interventions that help facilitate self-determination in rehabilitation settings. This interest in self-determination has led to authored publications on topics such as Shared-Decision Making, Self-Directed Care, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Supported Education, Supported Employment and Peer Support. Trevor is also a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers).  His work history includes over 15 years of experience in the human, social and justice services field including both inpatient and outpatient settings. Read More >>