520 N. Delaware Ave • Philadelphia, PA 19123 • 215-923-2116 • fax: 215-923-5169

CE Type: 
# of CE's: 
1.0 IACET CE's

This two-day workshop will cover Stages of Change theory, and how it applies to behavioral change in ourselves and others.  We will also introduce the principles and basic techniques of Motivational Interviewing (MI), which is an evidence-based and client-centered approach for enhancing motivation and commitment to behavioral change.  Through a combination of participatory exercises, illustrative videos and lecture, participants will learn the building blocks of effective MI counseling.  Particular attention will be paid to strategies for helping people who appear to be “stuck” and/or “resistant” to change.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning objectives:    By the end of the 2-Day workshop, the participant will be able to:

Day 1

  • List and describe the Stages of Change
  • Identify service strategies that are appropriate to each of the Stages
  • Develop alternative ways to respond to "resistant" and "stuck" people
  • Describe the spirit and core values of Motivational Interviewing
  • Identify the hazards of advice-giving and persuasion approaches

Day 2

  • List and describe the core principles and practices of Motivational Interviewing
  • Use at least 2 strategies for helping people explore and resolve ambivalence (Phase I)
  • List and practice at least 3 different reflective listening strategies
  • Understand how to respond to resistance using MI-adherent strategies
  • Describe how to use Motivational Interviewing to strengthen commitment to change (Phase II)
Intended Audience: 

This course is designed for staff at all levels in behavioral health & human services agencies.

Instructional Level: 


Completion Requirements: 

Participants must attend the entire two days, participate in activities and complete a course evaluation for each session in order to receive credits