Motivational Interviewing Training

Motivational Interviewing Training

A five-week online training series for weight-inclusive providers

When your clients become disillusioned with the traditional weight paradigm and seek alternatives to diet culture, they often show up with ambivalence.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centered, guiding method of communication and counseling designed to elicit and strengthen intrinsic motivation for change.

This online training with Dana Sturtevant gives you the tools for having powerful conversations with your clients that unleash the innate change process within.


5 Sessions will be held on Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. PDT July 24 – August 21

Facts About Motivational Interviewing

MI is taught in over 43 different languages around the world.

There are over 200 clinical trials demonstrating the efficacy of MI.

There are over 1200 published studies on MI.

In a study, enrollment specialists trained in MI quadrupled patient engagement rates.

MI can be effective in brief encounters.

MI’s effect is not related to the counselor’s educational background.

Session topics

Each session is 2.5 hours
CEUs Available (11 NASW, 11 CDR)

Session 1: MI Spirit, Theories & Principles

Session 2: The Art of Listening Well

Session 3: Eliciting Change Talk

Session 4: Eliciting Change Talk continued

Session 5: Putting It All Together

All sessions will be recorded and available for one year.

Experiment with key concepts and practice core skills between sessions, and then share successes and challenges and receive support from a group of like-minded clinicians.

This training taught me to drop my agenda, and really get curious about my clients, and their stories. I’m listening with all my senses now, and with more presence than ever before. It has changed the way I approach conversations with everyone in my life.” ~CS

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What to expect

A common-sense approach for supporting people in making meaningful, lasting changes in their lives.

Lively discussions to deepen understanding of the paradox of change and the spirit of Motivational Interviewing.

Practice activities for skill-building using breakout rooms.

A combination of principles, skills, and strategies to help strengthen people’s commitment to change and increase the likelihood of change.

A note about accessibility

Automated closed captions available. Transcripts upon request.

Please reach out to us with any additional accessibility needs or questions.



Or $300 with one 50-minute Individual Coaching Session with Dana

For people with marginalized identities and those in need; limited to 25% of registrants

Standard Pricing

Or $550 with one 50-minute Individual Coaching Session with Dana

For those who have sufficient resources and can cover themselves

Standard Plus pricing

Or $625 with one 50-minute Individual Coaching Session with Dana

For those who have enough resources to cover themselves and donate to increase access for marginalized folks and those in need

 We believe people should not be turned away for lack of funds. If none of the prices in our three-tiered pricing structure work, you can request additional equity pricing here. Learn more about our pricing structure here.

“This training has not only helped my patients stay through the plan of care, see value in physical therapy and their own efforts, but it has improved my provider experience and decreased my sensations of burnout by ensuring the patient takes ownership in care.” ~MP

About Dana Sturtevant

Dana has been incorporating Motivational Interviewing (MI) into her clinical practice for 23 years.

She has received training and mentorship from some of the best trainers in the field including Stephen Rollnick, Denise Earnst, and Steve Berg-Smith.

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