Past Event

Foundations of MI: 7-Week Skills Building Intensive

March 18, 2022 - May 6, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Online Live Event

14 CE Hours Available | Limited Seats- Max 27 participants

See registration page for all CE and discount information 


Description and Objectives

Join us for a weekly 2 hour MI Intensive across 7 sessions led by Dr. Allen Zweben and co-facilitated by Mary Piepmeier. In a highly interactive, experiential-based learning format, attendees will develop and hone fundamental skills of Motivational Interviewing (MI), a collaborative, person-centered therapeutic approach and communication style grounded in testable theory and transportable across disciplines and diverse populations.

The curriculum will begin by covering the relational aspect of MI including exhibiting collaboration, evocation, acceptance and compassion and the technical skills of open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (OARS). The series will then sequentially move through the four processes of MI as an approach for guiding a client through the process of behavioral change and cover more advanced skill-based strategies.

This series is best suited for those looking to further hone their MI skills through experiential practice. Workshop attendees will engage in real/role play exercises to learn and practice the following MI fundamentals:

  • MI Spirit
  • Open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (OARS)
  • Four Processes of MI (engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning)
  • Evoking change talk/reducing sustain talk strategies

*Please be prepared to be on camera and mic throughout the training.

Sessions will be held on the following Fridays from 10 am - 12 pm ET.

  • Session I – 3/18/22
  • Session II – 3/25/22
  • Session III – 4/1/22
  • Session IV – 4/8/22
  • Session V – 4/22/22
  • Session VI – 4/29/22
  • Session VII –5/6/22
  • Back up dates: and 5/13/22 & 5/20/22

If a session has to be cancelled by the instructors then the series will be extended accordingly making use of the back-up dates. Please plan accordingly.



By the end of the series, participants will:

  • better understand MI as a person-centered, collaborative form of guided dialogue
  • be able to better integrate MI principles and values into their professional practice.
  • be able to better apply fundamental MI technical skills in their client interactions.


  • Dr. Allen Zweben- CSSW Director, Motivational Interviewing Training Program; Professor Emeritus
  • Mary Piepmeier- CSSW Program Coordinator and Trainer, Motivational Interviewing Training Program; Lecturer; and Program Coordinator, Office of Professional Excellence


Please see registration page for ALL event information including how to access the event, CE details, and special accommodations.


Contact Information

Office of Professional Excellence