Advancing Skills in Motivational Interviewing: Cultivating Change Talk

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CE Credit: 3

Length: 3 hours

Exam Items: 5

This fast-paced, interactive session will help participants consider the importance of client language within the change process and enhance abilities to soften sustain talk and cultivate change talk. Participants will have an opportunity to practice strategies for recognizing, eliciting and reinforcing client momentum toward behavior change. Original webcast date: Nov. 18, 2016.

Learning Objective 1
Identify the elements of change talk.

Learning Objective 2
Identify at least one strategy for eliciting change talk.

Learning Objective 3
Identify at least one skill for reinforcing change talk.

Presenter: Ali Hall, JD

Ali Hall (JD) is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and an independent consultant and trainer. She has designed and facilitated more than one thousand Motivational Interviewing workshops for homeless services providers, health care practitioners, behavioral health clinicians, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and criminal/juvenile justice professionals, and provides training for trainers in evidence-based practices. She provides MI coding and skill development coaching, and provides consultation to systems for effective MI implementation. She also serves as a reviewer for the National Registry for Evidence-Based Practices and Programs (NREPP). She spent her undergraduate years at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and completed her graduate studies in organizational behavior at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University as well as her J.D. at the Cornell University School of Law. For additional information, please visit

Ali Hall

Supplementary Materials

  • Advancing Skills in Motivational Interviewing
  • Change Talk Quiz
  • Observer Tracking Workshop: Change Talk
  • Branching Exercise Directions
  • Branching Exercise Example, Completed
  • Branching Exercise Template
  • Examples of Solution Focused Questions