FEBRUARY 18, 2022




Introduction to Motivational Interviewing


This 2-hour overview of Motivational Interviewing will include a brief history of the method, a breakdown of the principles and skills, viewing and debriefing a demonstration video, and time for Q&A to explore application of the skills and moving forward.

Learners will:

  • Gain an understanding of the origins and principles of Motivational Interviewing.
  • See MI in action (via video) and explore the degree to which the principles are in place.

Who should attend: All staff of family resource centers (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other child and family-serving organizations.

Important Registration Information:

  1. This is an interactive training. Please be prepared to participate in activities such as group discussion and and breakout rooms.
  2. Registered participants will be provided with access to a recording of this training.
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Before the Training: Suggested Reading


Motivational Interviewing: A Primer for Child Welfare Professionals. Children’s Bureau Fact Sheet, December 2017 (6 pp)

Liz Barnett, MSW, PhD


Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Barnett is a lecturer in the California State University system, teaching research methods and statistics. Since becoming a member of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 2005, she has trained and coached nurse practitioners, nurse case managers, registered dieticians, pharmacists, social workers, health educators, counselors, and the occasional physician. She has published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles on the application of MI with adolescent substance users, co-authored two book chapters, one on the use of MI in Obesity and one on MI in Social Work, produced two sets of specialized training videos. She also developed the MI Companion, online MI practice modules which have been adopted into multiple academic programs. She recently initiated the MI Skills Lab, which provides standardized clients for mock interviews so that trainees can easily practice their skills and receive feedback. She received her Master’s of Social Work from Boston University and her PhD from the University of Southern California’s Department of Preventive Medicine’s Institute for Prevention Research.