Debra Neal, founder of Pathways to Empowerment provides counseling in a private, confidential, and comfortable setting.Counseling Using a collaborative, solution focused approach and proven best practices for helping others to change, Pathways to Empowerment offers services for couples, individuals, and families.

  • Couples and Relationships
  • Problem Gambling, Trading, Fantasy Sports, Gaming
  • Compulsive Behaviors and Substance Misuse
  • Stress, Anxiety, and Mood

Motivational Interviewing

Enhancing Engagement and Retention

“A highly provocative evidenced-based method for increasing outcomes”

Motivational interviewing is one of the most effective therapeutic approaches used today to enhance client engagement and client retention in substance abuse, mental health, and healthcare settings. It is especially effective in working with addictive disorders.

Longitudinal research data show Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a particularly effective intervention method for working with “change-resistant” clients.  The interpersonal techniques of MI used strategically to evoke change talk, explore and reduce ambivalence, and elicit change behaviors.

Goal-oriented and highly focused, MI is a subtle but powerful balance between the directive and client-centered therapeutic interaction.


Sessions Outcomes

  1. Learn key benefits of Motivational Interviewing
  2. Learn underlying principles of MI
  3. Gain effective strategies for examining and resolving ambivalence
  4. Practice MI intervention methods and gain skills for implementation
  5. Understand the differences between MI and other techniques


1 & 2-day programs available

Training Levels


Types of Motivational Interviewing Training

Awareness building: The educational events are typically brief (1 to 3 hours) introductions to MI concepts. They provide some knowledge about the approach but should not be considered skill training.

Knowledge-focused training: Longer events (6-10 hours) that provide a solid knowledge base in MI and may include some skill training, often in the form of demonstrations and brief practice or discussion activities.

Skills-based training: Training that spans two days or more (often 14-16 hours) and covers MI principles, the style of MI, description and demonstration of MI methods, and skill building practice. This kind of program can be offered as a multiple day workshops or as part of a longer course spread over a number of weeks or months, like a
college course or continuing-education series.

Abilities training: Training in the effective use of MI is best done in an ongoing fashion. This could mean using MI in counseling with the assistance of a clinical supervisor/mentor, and/or taping sessions and receiving feedback and coaching from an MI trainer. A third option Is to have access to technical assistance from one or
several consultants with advanced MI skills.

The most effective training and supervisory methods will include lecture presentations, group discussion, video demonstrations, modeling of specific skills, practice exercises, role-playing, review of MI manuals, reading references and homework assignments.

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Call Debra @(816) 892-5406