Gain the skills and knowledge required to achieve high proficiency in Motivational Interviewing with the Motivational Interviewing Certificate program at UW-Madison. This comprehensive 2-tiered course utilizes expert instruction, best training principles, and personal feedback.

Is this program right for you?

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based approach to promoting positive behavior change among clients and is especially effective in working with clients with a high level of ambivalence as well as those not even considering behavior change. The Motivational Interviewing Certificate Program at UW-Madison offers comprehensive MI training through instructors that are members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and utilize best training principles, competency measures, experiential exercises, audio recording and personalized feedback to help you develop and advance your MI skills.


Counselors, therapists, educators, health care professionals, clergy and people working in the juvenile justice system or in the field of substance abuse will benefit from developing effective MI skills. Through MI, professionals help their clients and patients structure their critical thinking process to allow them to come to their own decisions. If you are looking for a more rewarding and effective way to help your clients make positive health or life choices, this program is right for you.


Motivational interviewing is a cross-disciplinary technique that works in all cultures and populations. By gaining expertise in MI, you will be better equipped to meet the growing demands from agencies and organizations seeking this skill set, as well as reduce stress and burn-out that comes from engaging in power struggles with clients.


Level 1 is a two-day training that introduces MI theory and research as well as best practice elements. Level 2 is a three-day training that expands upon this foundation. Upon completion of both levels, you will receive your certificate of completion and be ready to integrate MI into your practice and begin to achieve positive outcomes with your clients.



What you Learn

  • Identify the elements of a MI practice
  • Identify the fundamental processes of engaging, evoking, and planning with clients
  • Create an individual learning plan
  • Develop a change plan with clients
  • Conceptualize follow-up sessions
  • Identify change-talk language cues
  • Use MI strategies to elicit change talk
  • Experience focusing sessions and directive use of OARS skills

Where & How you learn


  • Face-to-face


  • Complete 5 days of in-person training in Madison, WI
  • Submit 3 audio recordings
  • Receive individualized coaching and feedback

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