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Motivational Interviewing Training

with Teresa Donegan, PhD



One of the greatest challenges of helping  people to make a change is addressing  the resistance and ambivalence that comes with the process. Motivational interviewing (MI) offers powerful tools to help providers address these barriers by eliciting from patients/clients their own good reasons and action plans for change. Presentations and trainings are tailored to the needs of the client. Available options include brief overviews, 3 - 6 hour presentations with practice to full trainings (12 hour) with or without follow-up coaching. Those who desire a level of proficiency typically l select the 12-hour training which involves engagement and practice of the skills and techniques of MI.  At the end of this training, participants will be prepared to build MI into their ongoing practice, and make it part of your own continuing development as a practitioner.   

Available Services


Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Advanced Motivational Interviewing

MITI 4.2 Coding & Coaching

1 on 1/Group MI Coaching


Motivational Interviewing is perfect for those trying to help others navigate change including  providers in health and human services, life and health coaches, personal trainers and consultants. Over the past twelve years, I have been recruited by professional organizations, accreditors, health agencies and major insurance providers to give presentations and trainings in MI. Inclusion of MI training has proven to positively impact patient engagement.  Past participants in my trainings include dietitians, nurses, nurse practitioners, case managers, physicians, physical therapists, counselors, social workers, chiropractors, pharmacists, and health coaches. MI also has a place in training students in both health and mental health professional programs. Outside of my work with students in pharmacy, I have been a regular guest lecturer in programs including dietetics, chiropractic care, nursing, and physical therapy programs. 


From 1995 to 2005 I taught a course called "The Psychology of Identity Development and Fulfillment." The class focused on the big questions of "Who am I?" and "How does one live a meaningful life?". We looked at offerings from existential and social psychologists as well as popular  literature.  The class was well-received by both younger students and older non-traditional students. I loved teaching the course and it has been the source of inspiration for my writing. I am currently working on two books; one for younger adults who are in the first throes of the identity struggle and one for women who are looking to recreate themselves (late 30's, 40's, 50's and beyond.)   


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"I have worked with Teresa Donegan as a trainer for over 4 years.  She is an amazing mentor and teacher.  Not only is she extremely knowledgeable in Motivational Interviewing (MI), but she is also inspiring to work with.  She has a way of making everyone at ease and comfortable to dive into her MI trainings and try a new way of working with people. She tailors her trainings to the group she is working with so trainees can seamlessly and successfully apply what they’ve learned to their job and conversations. She is encouraging, approachable, and welcomes questions and active participation in the trainings.  I found using MI with my clients and patients to have the best results of any approach and I have Teresa Donegan to thank for each of those success stories."

Amanda Everitt, DC, BS


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