Motivational Interviewing: Empowering Clients to Cultivate Change

Presented by: Bill Matulich, PhD

Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation
Friday, March 6 | 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Registration begins at 8 a.m.


Motivational interviewing (MI) uses simple but powerful techniques that help to quickly establish a productive, working relationship with clients, allowing them to explore their own motivation, ambivalence and resistance to change and to efficiently guide them toward more desirable behavior. The effectiveness of MI has been demonstrated in a variety of settings with many different types of clients in several different countries.

In this workshop, you will get the opportunity to explore and practice evidence-based strategies to elicit change talk, effective interventions and strategies for six stages of change and six key elements of effective feedback to enhance client motivation.

Learning Objectives

  • Relate the Spirit, Processes, and Skills of MI to the Stages of Change.
  • Demonstrate the use of the OARS skills in a directive and strategic manner.
  • Recognize and be able to reinforce “change talk.”
  • List and demonstrate several different strategies for eliciting client motivation.
  • Describe the similarities and differences in using MI in various scenarios.
  • Demonstrate the ability to consolidate client commitment and develop a change plan.
  • Be able to support client autonomy and end a session productively.

Registration Fee

$100 (Deadline to register: March 2) Registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch, CEUs and training materials. Memorial Health System employees can register in HealthStream.

Speaker Bio

Bill Matulich, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in San Diego, California. He has over 20 years' experience as a teacher, researcher and clinician working with clients in a variety of settings including mental health clinics, hospitals, private practice and homeless shelters. Dr. Matulich worked for the United States Navy, the Veterans Administration, prison systems and lectured at several universities. He is a member of the international network of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and has taught Motivational Interviewing workshops and classes to teachers, counselors, case managers, correctional staff, psychologists, interns, substance abuse counselors, nurses and other professionals. Dr. Matulich received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara; a master of arts degree from California State University, San Diego; and a PhD from California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego.