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Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Course Description

This workshop allows the facilitation and implementation of MI strategies. The MI process and approach elicits and effects positive change in the lives of people struggling with life choices and personal behavior, affecting their overall health, well-being and function. This model has a broad application for all treatment providers, criminal justice workers, early childhood professionals, healthcare personnel, educators and other human services practitioners. The training consists of a variety of small group activities in addition to large group discussions, videos, and experiential practices.

Course Objectives

Participants will:

  • Understand the structure and process of MI.
  • Learn about the role of the professional in the process of change.
  • Review the stages of change.
  • Learn about MI strategies specific to each stage of change.
  • Complete practice as MI facilitators.



Janese Olalde, LMFT, MAC, CADC II, CGAC II has over 25 years’ experience in the addiction and education fields. Previously Ms. Olalde taught at Community Colleges in Salem, Roseburg and Eugene. Currently, Ms. Olalde is the coordinator for the Multicultural Advisory Committee for Oregon’s Problem Gambling Services, provides trainings in both Spanish and English for addiction counselors and provides therapy in both Spanish and English to individuals and their families at Relief Nursery in Eugene and in her private practice. She has been providing Motivational Interviewing trainings for the last ten years.