• Motivational Interviewing


Motivational Interviewing

JULY 21, 2021 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Deadline for registration is July 20

6 CEs

This training is approved for CE for social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists in the state of Ohio. This training is approved for chemical dependency counselors in domains C2 and prevention professionals in domain P6.

Level of Course | 200 Intermediate

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based practice developed to increase people’s motivation to change through collaborative conversations in an environment of compassion and empathy. The primary objective of this training series is to teach individuals the technical and relational skills of MI within the framework of the latest 3rd edition of William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnicks’; Motivational Interviewing; Helping People Change. Participants will obtain general knowledge in the four processes of MI: engaging, evoking, focusing and planning. Upon completion, participants will have basic proficiencies in the following core skills: open ended questions, affirmations, empathic reflections and summaries. These skills are practiced throughout the four processes to support people in resolving the common problem of ambivalence with the overarching goal of making healthy life changes. Course participants will be able to ask questions via webinar chat during the Q&A portion of the course.


  1. To understand the underlying spirit and approach of MI.
  2. To recognize reflective listening responses and differentiate them from other counseling responses.
  3. To understand the concept of change talk.


  • 9:00am Introductions, persuasion exercise, and MI overview and definition
  • 10:00am – The spirit of MI
  • 10:30am – Break
  • 10:45am – The spirit of MI continued; the four processes
  • 11:30am – A taste of MI exercise
  • 12:00pm – Lunch
  • 12:30pm – Core skills , overview of OARS (open questions, affirmations, reflections, summary), and Gordon’s Model of Listening
  • 2:00pm – Break
  • 2:15pm – Introduction to change-talk and sustain-talk; integration
  • 4:00pm – Close

Participants are required to stay logged-in for the Q&A portion of the training for successful completion, as it is part of the educational portion of this course.

Presented by Jimmy Portner, LISW-S, LICDC-CS

Intensive Treatment Division Director, VA Central Ohio Healthcare System

Mr. Portner is the Director of the Intensive Treatment Division for the VA Central Ohio Healthcare System. This division specializes in the provision of evidence-based practices for Veterans with severe mental health conditions and substance use disorders. He also serves as a subject matter expert for the National Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) program.


Evaluations will be distributed within 24 hours after the training via email. You will receive a link where you can submit the completed evaluation. Evaluations must be completed to receive CE credits. Certificates will be available to download once the once the evaluation is received.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. You may request an accommodation or inquire about accessibility as part of the Zoom registration process. Please contact us at cswce@osu.edu should you need further assistance.

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Register For 7/21 Training Here

Deadline for registration is July 20

Generously funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The Ohio State University, College of Social Work is an approved provider for the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board. Provider Number: RCST111747

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider for The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Provider Number: 50-24068