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Motivational Interviewing

Boosting Engagement and Progress in Psychotherapy Through Motivational Interviewing

Date: Friday, June 23rd, 2023
Times: 9:00am CST to 5:00pm CST
Location: Zoom
Trainers: David Roberts, PhD
Eligibility: Mental health clinicians, students, interns, residents, fellows, and other trainees practicing psychotherapy/counseling.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based counseling approach to promote engagement and motivation among clients who want or need to make a behavior change. MI uses a set of specific, teachable techniques within a non-judgmental atmosphere to recognize and validate clients’ location on the continuum of sustain-to-change, to increase clients’ willingness to discuss their potential change, and to stir intrinsic motivation within the client to take action toward growth and health. MI has been shown to improve engagement in care, motivation, behavior change, and outcomes across a range of health conditions, including depression and anxiety. MI can be delivered flexibly, in as little as a single meeting or over a long-term helping relationship.

The current course describes applications of MI to enhance engagement and outcomes in psychotherapy. The training covers the core elements of MI, including MI Spirit, OARS, Rolling with Resistance and Evoking Change Talk. The course emphasizes methods for using MI in psychotherapy and as psychotherapy. Methods of teaching include lecture, video demonstration, modeling, group exercises, performance feedback, roleplay, Q&A and discussion.

Registration fee of $150 per clinician. (Limited Availability)

Cancellation, Substitutions, and Refunds

Requests for cancellations/refunds must take place within 90 days of payment. Refunds will be made minus a $50 service charge to account for processing and administration. The requestshould be sent via email to No refunds will be made thereafter.

*For Learning Communities – A participant may also choose to reschedule to a future Learning Community with no additional cost OR a colleague who is also eligible may be substituted for no extra charge if STRONG STAR Training Initiative is notified at least two weeks before the training and the colleague completes the pre-requisites.

*For Trainings or Workshops that do not have pre-requisites – a colleague may be substituted for no extra charge if STRONG STAR Training Initiative is notified at least two business days beforethe training.

Continuing Education

The STRONG STAR Training Initiative offers attendees 6.5 Continuing Education (CE) Credits for participating in the 1-day training. Participants who attend are eligible to receive 6.5 CE Credits. To obtain CE Credits, attendees must sign in at the start of the course and sign out after its conclusion. Inquiries regarding CE may be directed via email to

Our continuing education credits have historically been recognized by most professional state licensing boards. However, this is not guaranteed. Please check with your licensing board for verification.

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886886336-3982) for 6.5 continuing education contact hours.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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 1-Day Workshop via Zoom


Please note Agenda time is based on Central Standard Time Zone

9:00 am – 9:30 am Overview of MI for Psychotherapy
9:30 am – 10:30 am Engaging with MI Spirit & OARS
10:30 am – 10:45 am Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Reflecting & Rolling with Resistance
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Evoking Change Talk
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm Break
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Flexible application across clinical situations
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Summary and Eval
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