Dr. Denise Ernst

Motivational Interviewing Training Workshops

Denise Ernst, Ph.D.

St├ęphanie Wahab, Ph.D., M.S.W.


Two-Day Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (MI)

June 20-21, 2019 – $450

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This 2-day intensive workshop will introduce participants to the principles, processes, and skills associated with motivational interviewing. Participants will be guided through a sequence of learning activities to explore and shape their own behavioral change practices to be more in line with MI. Learning activities will include: real-life demonstrations, video-tape examples, real-plays, case studies, and small group exercises, with plenty of opportunities for participant practice with feedback. This workshop is appropriate for helping professionals with no prior or minimal to moderate exposure.

Learning Goals

  • Describe the “spirit,” key principles and four processes of Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Critically engage MI demonstrations via videos and live examples
  • Demonstrate and practice the spirit and primary skills associated with MI, with specific attention to evoking change talk
  • Become familiar with the range of skills used in MI to engage with clients, focus the scope of the work, evoke change talk, dancing with discord and negotiate a change plan

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Two-Day Intermediate/Advanced MI

September 11-12th, 2019 – $450

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This 2-day intensive workshop will:

  • Explore what is new in MI from the MI-3 text
  • Deepen OARS skills
  • Deepen your ability to recognize, elicit, and respond to change talk
  • Grow your dancing with discord skills
  • Learn strategies for if, when, how to initiate a change plan with a client/patient
  • Learn how to offer information and education in an MI-consistent manner

Target Audience
This training is appropriate for helping professionals with previous MI training AND practice experience in the role of supporting individuals to make and sustain behavior changes: social workers, physicians, nurses, health educators, care managers, dieticians, counselors, psychologists, life and health coaches, clergy, probation/corrections officers, personal trainers, school counselors, and educators. Included in the Workshop

  • 14 hours of high-level training from very experienced national and international MINT trainers
  • Light breakfast/Coffee Breaks/Light Snacks
  • University venue with local food carts and hotels within walking distance
  • 13 Social Work CEUs from NASW (6.25 and 6.75 Hours)

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Advanced Topics: Finding, Instilling, and Evoking Hope

July 15th, 2019 – $225

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In this 1-day workshop you will:

  • Deepen your understanding of hope and the role it plays in motivational interviewing
  • Strengthen your awareness of where hope lives inside of you and your practice
  • Strengthen your ability to nurture hope with and in your clients

Target Audience

This training is appropriate for helping professionals with previous MI training AND practice experience in the role of supporting individuals to make and sustain changes: social workers, physicians, nurses, health educators, care managers, dieticians, counselors, psychologists, life and health coaches, clergy, probation/corrections officers, personal trainers, school counselors, and educators, among others.

Included in the Workshop

  • 7 hours of high-level training from very experienced national and international MINT trainers
  • Light breakfast/coffee breaks/light snacks
  • University venue with local food carts and hotels within walking distance
  • 6.5 Social Work CEUs from NASW

Daily Schedule

  • 8:30 am-4:30 pm; Lunch: 12:00-1:15 pm

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All workshops held in beautiful Portland, Oregon at Portland State University

Smith Memorial Student Union, Cascade Room 294 1825 SW Broadway, Second Floor

  • Located in the heart of downtown Portland in the middle of campus (see map on next page)
  • Easily accessible via public transportation, with a host of nearby accommodations and restaurants

Target Audience for Workshops in the MI Series

These trainings are appropriate for helping professionals in the role of supporting individuals to make and sustain behavior changes: social workers, physicians, nurses, health educators, care managers, dietitians, counselors, psychologists, life coaches, clergy, probation/corrections officers, personal trainers, school counselors, etc.

Stephanie Wahab, Ph.D., M.S.W.