What Is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational Interviewing, while originally developed as an addiction treatment, is a collaborative way of having conversations about change, so it’s used in fields like teaching, medicine, personnel management, personal training/coaching, and many others. If you are trying to help people make changes, MI training will help you do it.

What Will The Course Be Like?

We’ll meet for eight weekly, 90-minute classes. The first week will be an academic overview of MI, and the remaining seven focus entirely on practicing MI, getting feedback, and providing feedback to other students. To maintain a high amount of student-teacher contact, enrollment is limited to ten people.

When Will It Meet?

The course will run for 8 weekly 90-minute sessions on Wednesdays, beginning on April 10, 2024. The current plan is that the class will meet at 11AM in San Francisco, which is 2PM in New York and 8PM in Berlin. (If you’re in East Asia or ANZ, this class time won’t be very convenient, but we’ll try to do one that works for you in the future).

Is There Homework?

Yes, but not a lot. You’ll need to read a portion of the Motivational Interviewing textbook (either the third or fourth edition) before the first class, there will be a few videos to watch after the second class, and you’ll do two hour-long MI sessions after classes 4 and 6.

What’s the teacher’s background in MI?

Dr. Tucker Peck is a clinical psychologist, and MI is one of the main techniques he has used in his work for over a decade. He did a yearlong MI postdoc with the late Dr. Hal Arkowitz, one of the MI creators (Hal was PhD advisor to Dr. William Miller, first author of the MI textbook). He has taught this eight-week course numerous times.

How Do I Register?

Contact Tucker to let him know you’re interested. If he lets you know there’s still space in the class, Venmo the registration fee of $450 to tucker-peck (or contact him if your money isn’t in USD or you don’t have Venmo). If you would like to join and the cost is an obstacle, please let Tucker know, as some scholarships are available. The registration fee is nonrefundable unless the class sells out and your spot is taken by someone on the waitlist, in which case it is 80% refundable.