Motivational Interviewing in Practice: Using Spirit, Skills, & Strategies of MI to Enhance Engagement in Treatment



July 26 and August 2, 2021, 1 - 4:15 p.m. ET
Instructor: Beth Rubin, M.S.W., LICSW, SUDP

Level: Intermediate
CEs: 6 CEs are available for $10 fee 

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Motivational Interviewing (MI), an evidence-based communication style particularly useful in conversations about change, is widely utilized in a variety of social work practice settings.  Despite the abundance of research supporting the importance of the relational elements of MI (empathy, partnership), most training focuses on MI skills (open ended questions, affirmations, reflections and summaries) and strategies (evoking change talk, softening sustain talk).  This seminar fills that gap, exploring the relational as well as technical elements of Motivational Interviewing, with an emphasis on the spirit of MI.  Participants will consider the connection between the spirit of MI and other psychoanalytic and behavior change theories, reflect upon the effect of practitioner and client social identities on the clinical space and practice integrating skills and strategies to enhance partnership and empathy in practice.  Participants will also consider the opportunities for practitioner self-assessment using the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) coding instrument.  Highly interactive in nature, participants will have the opportunity to practice MI, as well as provide and receive structured feedback using the MITI.  Demonstration of MI, practice exercises and discussion will be facilitated via large and small group breakout sessions. 

Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers

Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction:

Live interactive webinar with discussion. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration. Attendees are visible to one another in Zoom Meeting and are encouraged to be active participants with their camera and/or microphone in order take part in discussion.

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software. 

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early registration by May 10, 2021: $130
Regular registration by July 25, 2021: $145

CEs: 6 CEs are available for $10 fee 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the four spirit elements of Motivational Interviewing.
  2. Demonstrate the spirit element of partnership in clinical practice.
  3. Explain how to soften sustain talk and cultivate change talk.
  4. Identify at least three resources to support sustained skill in Motivational Interviewing.
  5. Describe how to use the Motivational InterviewingTreatment Integrity coding instrument as a method of clinician self-assessment.


Day 1:

  • 1 -1:15 p.m. ET: Welcome and class overview
  • 1:15 - 1:30 p.m. ET: What is Motivational Interviewing 
  • 1:30 - 1:45 p.m. ET: Spirit of Motivational Interviewing
  • 1:45- 2:30 p.m. ET: MI in practice 
  • 2:30- 2:40 p.m. ET: Break
  • 2:40- 3:10 p.m. ET: Assessing skill and competency in MI – relational elements
  • 3:10- 3:40 p.m. ET: Spirit coding practice with the MITI
  • 3:40 - 4:15 p.m. ET: MI cross culturally

Day 2:

  • 1 - 1:15 p.m. ET: Welcome and class overview
  • 1:15 - 1:30 p.m. ET: What is Motivational Interviewing 
  • 1:30 - 2 p.m. ET: The strategies of Motivational Interviewing
  • 2 - 2:30 p.m. ET: Strategies coding practice with the MITI
  • 2:30- 2:40 p.m. ET: Break
  • 2:40 - 3:10 p.m. ET: Assessing skill and competency in MI – technical elements
  • 3:10 - 3:40 p.m. ET: MI practice with structured feedback
  • 3:40 - 4:15 p.m. ET: Individual development plans and discussion of the road ahead

About the Instructor:

Beth Wierman Rubin is a clinical social worker and substance use disorder professional in Seattle, WA. Beth holds a B.A. in sociology with a concentration in women’s studies from Gonzaga University, as well as a M.S.W. with an emphasis on integrated health/mental health from the University of Washington. Specialties include: Motivational Interviewing, substance use disorders, mental health and continuing education in health professions. She currently works as the regional behavioral health clinical education program manager within the clinical education and practice department at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle and is a lecturer at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She has presented podium presentations and workshops at numerous regional and national conferences on the topics of Motivational Interviewing, psychosocial education in nursing and clinical supervision and leadership. Beth is also a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

Completion Requirements for Live Webinars

Live webinars are synchronous, virtual courses held in Zoom. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the training. Participant attendance is tracked through Zoom. To earn CE credit, participants must complete an evaluation.  A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the evaluation for the webinar, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of seminar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.

Continuing Education Credits and Approvals

Continuing Education (CE) credits offered vary by course. This course only offers the CE credits listed below.  It is the attendees' responsibility to contact their licensing board to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

Social Work
  • The Smith College School for Social Work, provider #1755, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The Smith College School for Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 11/19/2020-11/19-2021. Social workers completing this course receive 6 continuing education credits. 
  • The Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School’s Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
  • Smith College School for Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0169.


  • Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Amego Prepare​ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Due to changes in continuing education requirements for NY licensed psychologists, APA CE Sponsor credits may not be accepted for re-licensure at this time. Please check the NY Psychology Board regulations for CE requirements currently in effect.

Further information on policies and CE accreditation can be found here.

Mary Curtin | Manager of Professional Education

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