Promoting Healthy Behavior with Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing

Friday, May 4, 2018

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a 40-year old, evidence-based strategy used to help patients resolve their ambivalence about change. As a dental professional, you want your patients to move away from unhealthy behaviors toward lifelong healthy choices that will dramatically impact their oral and overall physical health.

We believe our patients want to move in positive directions. We also understand that positive, healthy changes often compete with easy decisions, wants, and needs.

Join us for this thought-provoking session on motivational interviewing. You will leave ready to implement a new set of strategies to move your patients toward healthy decisions and long-standing oral and overall health.  

Learn How To

  • Differentiate MI from traditional styles of patient communications
  • Apply the fundamentals of MI during patient interactions
  • Define the four processes of MI
  • Discuss the benefits of MI
  • Review research and documentation supporting the use of MI
  • Discuss and experience the MI spirit as a strategy for making healthy change
  • Observe and practice fundamental skills of active listening and reflection
  • Observe and practice using affirmation and statements of autonomy and collaboration
  • Share information using an MI-adherent style
  • Examine additional opportunities to integrate MI into your practice

Training Methods

Didactic discussion, “real-plays”, small and large group exercises, video, and introspection

Meet Our Expert

Laura A. Saunders, MSSW, is with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she has also served as an independent consultant. Since 2001, Laura has designed, facilitated, and delivered MI training and coaching in person, online, and via distance learning to hundreds of professionals. Laura’s online courses are taught through Brown University and the University of Wisconsin. She is a dedicated member of the internal Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.


  • Final registration will begin at 8:00 AM.
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration.
  • The program will run from 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM.
  • There will be 15-minute refreshment breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Lunch is included.

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Course details

What to wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature.

Refund policy

A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least one week (five working days) before the program. If you cancel less than one week prior to the program, a $50 processing fee will be deducted from your refund. For registrations charged to your credit card the refund will be credited to your account. No cash refunds will be issued on charged registrations.

Directions and parking


Free, onsite parking is available at Silverwood Park.

Directions & map

Link to an interactive Google Map.


$305 dentist

$175 senior citizen dentist, dental therapist, dental hygienist, dental assistant, office team member

$155 second and each additional dental therapist, hygienist, assistant or office team member


6 hours

Minnesota Credits
6 core (Patient Communication)


8:30 AM to 3:45 PM


Continuing Education & Conference Center
Room 135
St. Paul Campus

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