Motivational Interviewing

Change is hard and we all struggle at one point or another to achieve our goals. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered communication approach that uses a person’s own motivations to build momentum to change and achieve goals. Over the past 20 years, MI has been used primarily to foster health behavior change and over 200 clinical studies have demonstrated that MI is more effective at helping change behavior than many other approaches. Although initially developed to engage individuals with problem drinking to reduce alcohol use, it has been used to improve engagement in care and service outcomes across broad service areas, including drug use and mental health treatment, healthcare and treatment adherence, and improving parole outcomes. Over the past 10 years, it has become clear that MI is helpful in any situation where behavior change is a goal, and a new focus of this approach has been its use in leadership and organizations to improve leadership skills and facilitate organizational change. 

Ivan Balan is an internationally recognized expert in MI.  During the past 20 years, he has developed numerous MI-based interventions for studies conducted by National institutes of Health and served as the MI expert consultant in many other studies. He has conducted MI trainings throughout the world as well as over 100 trainings in the U.S.  He has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2006 and has twice been selected as part of the training teams for MINT’s  Train-New-Trainers program.      

Depending on your needs, MI workshops can range from brief (2 hours) orientations that introduce individuals to MI to intensive (2-3 days) plus ongoing MI coaching that is aimed at ensuring that you are able to deliver MI consistently and proficiently in your work.