Motivational Interviewing

December 21, 2021 to December 22, 2021

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a well-established, evidence-based, efficient method for promoting positive behavioral change. MI works across settings, populations and problems and is particularly useful when “front-loaded” into services. Yet like any complex skill such as learning a musical instrument, bowling or ballroom dancing, MI requires more than one-shot training to demonstrate competency in the method.

This two-day course provides an initial introduction to the research, theoretical and practice bases of the method and features experiential exercises, small group work, structured discussion, demonstration with coding and small group practice.


Tuesday, December 21st: 8:30am-noon

Wednesday, December 22nd: 8:30am-noon

Target Audience

Service professionals, counselors, youth workers, social workers, human service supervisors and others who assess and provide counsel to clients.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify MI as an evidence-based method.
  • Learn the basic practice elements of the method and contrast it with other methods.
  • Gain initial experience and practice.
  • Consider ways to integrate MI into your current practice and develop a plan for learning more.
Course summary
Course opens: 
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Event starts: 
12/21/2021 - 8:30am CST
Event ends: 
12/22/2021 - 12:00pm CST
  • Welcome, introduction, goals and limitations of the workshop
  • What is MI and overview to the base of evidence
  • Introduction to MI spirit and skills (OARS) with emphasis on reflective listening
  • Continue MI skills, demonstration with coding
  • What is change talk: recognizing, eliciting, responding
  • What is sustain talk: rolling with resistance
  • Check out and evaluation


  • Review highlights for first half
  • Continue OARS skills practice
  • Introduction to MI tool kit
  • Continue MI practice
  • Strategize MI integration into practice; identify methods and formats for continuing learning
  • Check out and evaluation

Artis Landon


Artis Landon has been the division administrator of the Community and Reintegration services since 2015 and has worked at WCS since 2011. Artis started his career at the agency providing direct employment services in the Windows to Work program, which targeted adults returning to the community from the Wisconsin Prison System. He then transferred to the WCS Milwaukee Day Reporting Center, where he was a lead case manager, helping adults address their criminogenic risks and needs for their successful reintegration from the HOC back into the community.

Accreditation and Credit Designation is provided by the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee School of Continuing Education. UW-Milwaukee is a regionally accredited university.


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