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Fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing:
Understanding the Mechanisms of Creating Lasting Change

Live Real-Time Interactive Webinar

Change is hard. Helping someone else to change is even harder...

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based approach that is designed to empower clients to find internal motivation to make positive behavioral changes. Motivational Interviewing can be combined with other Therapy models and can be used to treat a wide variety of presenting issues.


This flexible two-day training program will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively integrate motivational interviewing techniques into your therapy practice. Whether you are new to motivational interviewing or looking to refine your existing skills, this course has something for everyone. The first day of the training will provide a foundational understanding of motivational interviewing, including the theory and principles behind it. Day 2 will take a deeper dive into the application of these techniques in therapy practice, including advanced skills and strategies as well as practice opportunities.


Attendees have the option to attend either day separately or both days together for a comprehensive learning experience. This course will enhance your skills as a mental health professional and empower you to help your clients achieve meaningful and sustainable change. 

Day 1 Overview

Day 1 (Fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing: Understanding the Mechanisms of Creating Lasting Change) of the training targets clinicians seeking an introductory to intermediate level of training in Motivational Interviewing. The workshop introduces learners to the four processes of Motivational Interviewing with an emphasis on differentiating interventions within the identified process. Client ambivalence is examined through a humanistic lens, while considering the application of Motivational Interviewing to a wide variety behavioral and lifestyle changes a client might be considering. Foundational, client-centered concepts are examined in the Spirit of Motivational Interviews as well as the directional elements associated with change and sustain talk.

Two-Day discount is available when registering for both training sessions together. Learn more about Day 2 of this training HERE.


About the Course

Nov 2, 2023

Thursday Session - Day 1

Live Real-Time Interactive Webinar

8:30AM-4:00PM ET

Credit Hours - Details Below

6.0 Live Interactive CE Credit Hours


$139 Day 1 or Day 2/$249 Both Days through 10/20/23

$159 Day 1 or Day 2/$269 Both Days after 10/20/23

$119 Day 1 or Day 2/$229 Both Days/person for Groups 3+

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Target Audience

Mental Health Professionals including Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, other mental health professionals

Course Level


Course Instructor

Dr. Bernard Showers, DSW, LCSW

Dr. Bernard Showers, DSW, LCSW
Dr. Bernard Showers, DSW, LCSW

Dr. Bernard Showers, DSW, LCSW, earned his MSW at Shippensburg University in 2010. He is currently employed as an Adjunct Professor with several universities, including the University of Kentucky, the University of Maryland, and Simmons University. Bernard has over ten years of experience as a licensed social worker. He provides therapy for various ages and presenting problems; however, he specializes in treating substance use disorders, Co-Occurring Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. He employs an eclectic approach to therapy utilizing various evidence-based practices, including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

He is currently one of approximately 1,500 Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) members worldwide. Mr. Showers has trained aspiring and active independent practitioners at many colleges, universities, governmental agencies, and companies around the United States. In addition to Motivational Interviewing, Mr. Showers has developed, presented, and published several continuing education workshops on family involvement in substance use treatment, ASAM criteria, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and group therapy. The Beck Institute has also trained Mr. Showers in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

Bernard is a graduate of the inaugural class of The University of Kentucky's Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) Program. In July 2021, Bernard Showers was the lead author on the manuscript Medication for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural America: A Review of the Literature published in the APA's Journal of Rural Mental Health. He is passionate about bringing awareness and solutions to enhance social work students' preparedness in meeting the nation's micro, mezzo, and macro-level substance use needs, as examined in his doctoral capstone project titled Substance use education in social work programs: Time for a mandate?

Course Objectives

  • Define motivational interviewing and change talk.

  • Distinguish ‘change talk’ from traditional solution-focused interventions. 

  • Illustrate the use of tangible skills to elicit change talk. 

  • Examine their righting reflex in the helping relationship.

  • Explain client-centered principles that serve as the foundation of the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing.

  • Describe motivational interviewing interventions used to respond to client discord.

After attending this training, participants will be able to...

Course Agenda

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