Advanced Level Motivational Interviewing Training

Thursday, March 4, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010

Training: 8:30am – noon
Lunch: noon – 1:00pm
Training: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Registration fee for two day training: $345

Included in the price are:

Snacks, coffee, tea and boxed lunch

Certificate of Completion

Training Materials

12 Contact Hours available to LCSWs and LPCs ($10)

Major credit cards accepted online via PayPal.

Space is limited to 16 participants. Please note, if you cancel after February 1st your registration fee cannot be refunded.

Featherstone Professional Center
1807 Huguenot Road, Suite 108
Midlothian, VA 23113 Map

Hotels within 3 miles of training venue:

Days Inn (Midlothian)
1301 Huguenot Road
Midlothian, VA 23113
(804) 794-4999

Hampton Inn (Midlothian)
800 Research Road
Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 897-6099

Sheraton Park South
9901 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 323-1144

Holiday Inn Select, Koger Center
1021 Koger Center Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 379-3800

AmeriSuites (Arboretum)
201 Arboretum Place
Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 560-1566

Homestead Studio Suites (Arboretum)
241 Arboretum Place
Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 272-1800

Please note that some hotels have multiple locations, please call the local number listed to make reservations at the correct location.


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based therapeutic approach developed by William R. Miller, Ph.D. and Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D. It is defined as “a person-centered, goal-oriented method of communication for eliciting and strengthening intrinsic motivation for positive change”. Motivational Interviewing creates an environment that is conducive, rather than coercive of change and is considered to be a counseling style, rather than a strict set of techniques. Fundamentally, Motivational Interviewing affirms a person’s right, responsibility and capacity to decide about change, and helps a person develop intrinsic motivation for maintaining positive life changes. Motivational Interviewing has been applied in a variety of contexts with adolescent and adult populations including substance abuse, mental health, health care, domestic violence, HIV prevention, and corrections.


This two-day training is designed for practitioners who have previously attended at least six hours of introductory training in motivational interviewing (MI). The workshop will offer a very brief review of the fundamental spirit, principles and methods of MI, and then focus intensively on clinical skills development. Instruction will involve a series of dynamic large and small group practice exercises intended to help practitioners increase their empathic responsiveness to clients, and sharpen their skills in working with clients to specifically help elicit and strengthen their intrinsic motivation for positive change. The format of the workshop will be interactive and experiential in nature, and participants will be afforded an opportunity to obtain extensive, focused practice and individualized feedback regarding one’s developing MI skills.

Specifically, training participants will:

  • Briefly review the spirit, principles and methods of motivational interviewing.
  • Practice empathic communication skills that are useful in developing trusting and collaborative relationships with clients, and that help increase their interest in making changes.
  • Practice integrating strategies that help individuals
    • Address ambivalence regarding problematic behavior
    • Reduce defensiveness and resistance to change
    • Discover their own reasons for making positive changes
    • Build confidence in their ability to make changes
    • Prepare to change, and begin to take steps towards positive change.
  • Learn how to continue learning motivational interviewing from the clients you serve!

Professionals who have attended our trainings in the past: social workers, psychologist, counselors, physicians,
nurses, nutritionists, professors, health educators, and dietitians.


Cecilia van Zyl-Knab, MSW, LCSW

Cecilia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been in the substance abuse field since 2002. Until recently Cecilia has worked in the Counseling & Student Development Center at James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, VA, where she provided brief interventions for substance abuse, mood disorders, anxiety, eating disorders, grief, and PTSD and conducted group therapy. Cecilia provided consultation to JMU faculty Counseling Center clinicians, teaching faculty, and Judicial Affairs and Health Center staff. In addition Cecilia provided clinical supervising and consulting to graduate counseling and pre-doctoral students who worked with substance abusing clients. After 5 years in a university setting Cecilia has moved to working as a psychotherapist in private practice.

Cecilia has been trained to provide MI supervision and is Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) trained. She has been reviewing DVDs, coding graduate students’ MI work, and providing them with regular feedback concerning their progress and growth areas using MI. Cecilia provided tailored trainings to the George Washington University Counseling Center, a local Harrisonburg Counseling Center, and Virginia State Universities Prevention and Intervention faculty. In addition she has conducted national MI trainings on several occasions for social workers, psychologist, psychiatrists, counselors, physicians, nurses, nutritionists, professors, parole officers, community services board staff, health educators, and dietitians. Cecilia has also presented at APPLE Conferences for the University of Virginia Center for Alcohol and Substance Education both in Charlottesville, VA and Phoenix, AZ, and at an Alcohol Beverage Control Conference in Virginia.

Until 2004 Cecilia worked at the Medical College of Virginia Commonwealth University for the Department of Addiction Psychiatry as a clinical graduate assistant providing MI to HIV substance abusing clients and participated in research studies for smoking cessation and HIV medication adherence.

Cecilia has been providing MI interventions for the past eight years and particular likes to work with resistant clients and those who feel stuck. She has taught a class on Substance Abuse Interventions with Diverse Populations, as well as a Practicum Counseling Class at JMU. She has been an active member of MINT since 2006.