Motivational Interviewing and Behaviour Change

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a humanistic, client centered, communication and counselling approach. MI is useful for working with students (and parents) who may benefit from changing a behaviour. This workshop will teach you the basic principles and techniques of MI, as well as some level 2.0 strategies. We will look at how to respond to resistance and ways to normalize ambivalence around changing (we all have it!). We will discuss and review the theory, principles, and techniques of MI, watch some video of MI in action and practice some altogether in short sessions in virtual breakout rooms.

Target Audience

Secondary Counsellors


12:15 PM - 3:30 PM

This session is full.




  • Allison Cloth

    Ali Cloth has been a professor in School and Applied Child Psychology at UBC since 2013. Ali's primary research focus and clinical interests are in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and working with students on behaviour change. Ali just became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 2020. Ali’s new line of research is helping School Counsellors use MI with students who do not attend school on a regular basis to improve graduation rates, especially with students from marginalized populations. One aspect of the workshop this year (along with learning and practicing MI) is to assess interest in forming a regional Community of Practice group for school counsellors who would like to use MI to work with youth who are truant, and meet monthly to discuss cases and have supervision using MI.