Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Motivational Interviewing Workshop

Motivational Interviewing Workshop

Motivational Interviewing Workshop

Oct 8, 2015, 8:30am - Oct 9, 2015, 4:30pm
Radisson Hotel Admiral Toronto- Harbourfront
249 Queen's Quay West
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This workshop is a two-day program designed for nurses and other healthcare professionals working with clients who are considering change in their lives to improve their health. This may include those with chronic health issues that require behaviour or lifestyle changes, or those experiencing substance use disorders.

Motivational interviewing is a directive, client-centred counselling style for eliciting behaviour change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. This approach can be utilized in various practice settings and with a wide range of clients. It seeks to understand the individual's frame of reference, particularly via reflective listening, expressing acceptance, and monitoring the client's degree of readiness to change, while affirming the individual's freedom of choice and self-direction.

This workshop focuses on the transtheoretical model of change and the evidence-base for motivational interviewing. It will provide you with the knowledge and the opportunity to practice skills to facilitate the integration of this effective approach into your daily clinical practice. RNAO is proud to bring you this innovative workshop so you can continue to build your confidence, knowledge and capacity as a health care professional.

Course Objectives

During this course, participants will learn how to:

  • Utilize theoretical considerations including the role of the transtheoretical model of change in motivational interviewing
  • Understand the evidence base for motivational interviewing practice across a range of applications
  • Counsel using micro-skills - OARS
  • Recognize, elicit and respond to change talk
  • Assess readiness and steps to change
  • Demonstrate the use of motivational interviewing strategies across a variety of chronic health problems


  • Opportunities for interaction with faculty and other participants from across the continuum of care
  • Inclusion of current evidence to support practice
  • Integration of supervised practice leading to skill development
  • Benefits

    • Interactive learning experience
    • New skills can be immediately applied in clinical practice.

Cost for Members: 
$372.90 CAD
Cost for non-Members: 
$497.20 CAD