Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Two Day Intensive Training

Thursday, March 18, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010

Training: 8:30am – noon
Lunch (on your own):
noon – 1:00pm
Training: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Registration fee for two day training: $285

Certificate of Completion Provided
Training Materials Provided

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

Space is limited to 22 participants. Please note, if you cancel after February 17th, 2010, your registration fee cannot be refunded.

Westin Peachtree Plaza
210 Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA 30303 Map

This introductory workshop will offer a basic level of information on the fundamental spirit, principles and methods of Motivational Interviewing (MI). Instruction will include demonstration of applying MI in working with adolescents and adults with mental health or substance use concerns, as well as co-occurring disorders. The format of the workshop will be interactive in nature, and participants will be afforded an opportunity to directly observe, experience, and practice basic MI skills.

Specifically, participants will:

  • Become familiar with the spirit, principles and methods of Motivational Interviewing.
  • Be informed of the normal processes involved in behavioral change and the role of motivation, ambivalence, and stages of change.
  • Learn and practice communication skills that are useful in developing trusting and collaborative relationships with clients, and that help increase their interest in making changes.
  • Learn strategies that help individuals
    • Address ambivalence regarding problematic behavior
    • Discover their own reasons for making positive changes
    • Build confidence in their ability to make changes
    • Reduce defensiveness and resistance to change
    • Prepare to change, and begin to take steps towards positive change.
  • Learn how to learn Motivational Interviewing from the clients you serve!

Professionals who have attended our trainings in the past:
community services board staff, counselors, dietitians, health educators, nurses, nutritionists, parole officers, physicians, professors, psychiatrists, psychologist, and social workers.


Cecilia van Zyl-Knab, MSW, LCSW

Cecilia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been in the substance abuse and mental health 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 her own private practice.

Cecilia has conducted close to 40 Motivational Interviewing events, from university faculty/staff and conference talks to one, two and three day trainings. She consistently receives positive feedback; many of her introductory training participants return to one of her advanced level trainings. Cecilia has been trained to provide MI supervision and is Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) trained. She has been reviewing recorded sessions, 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 (MCV) 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.