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Motivational Interviewing: Guiding Patients Towards Positive Change - July 20


  • Describe the underlying spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Identify the language of change (i.e., change talk, sustain talk, discord talk)
  • List the key MI microskills essential for engagement and change talk
  • Describe the key MI microskills to soften patient resistance


Upcoming Dates For This Webinar


This webinar runs from 9am to 4pm Pacific Time.


Course Description

A key to successful therapy and treatment outcomes is to guide patients toward positive change. Yet it often remains unclear as to how this can be achieved. Research shows that trying to convince patients to change is counterproductive, and clinicians are often stymied when they find themselves working harder than the patient. Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based communication approach for strengthening patient engagement and eliciting/strengthening patients’ intrinsic motivation for behavioral change. This webinar provides an essential primer for behavioral health clinicians who wish to learn more skillful approaches for: cultivating patient engagement, guiding patients towards positive change, and softening discord in the patient-clinician relationship.

Pricing: $199 (Early Registration), $219 (Regular Registration)
6.0 Credits


Valerie Hoover Ph.D.

is a licensed clinical psychologist in California, adjunct clinical instructor at Stanford University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and a MINT Certified Motivational Interviewing trainer. Dr. Hoover completed her BA in Psychology at Temple University in 2004, and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida, Department of Public Health and Health Professions in 2014, where her research focused on behavioral interventions for maintaining long-term weight loss. She then completed a clinical internship at Rush University in Chicago with a focus on Clinical Health Psychology, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Primary Care Psychology at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. After completing her post-doctoral fellowship, she accepted a clinical faculty position at Stanford University, School of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, where she was involved in clinical, research, and educational responsibilities from 2015 to 2022. Since 2022 Dr. Hoover has been serving as an adjunct clinical instructor at Stanford University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. In addition to her private practice and adjunct clinical faculty involvement at Stanford, Dr. Hoover is also the owner of VJH Training & Consulting LLC, under which she provides training and consulting services to medical and behavioral health organizations seeking to train their healthcare workforce in Motivational Interviewing and related approaches.


About This Webinar

The webinar is a live, interactive class. You will view the webinar in real time from your home or office on a computer, tablet (e.g., iPad) or phone. You will be able see the speaker and the slides, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and respond to polls. You will have access to the handouts, which you can view on your computer or download and print.

You will need to show up on time to receive credit, just like at an in-person class, but you can wear whatever you’d like! The class will run from 9am to 4pm Pacific Time. There will be a morning and afternoon break and a break for lunch. At the end of the class you will need to take a post-test and receive a score of 75% or above to pass. You have up to three attempts to pass the post-test. Most people pass on their first attempt. After two attempts to pass the post-test you will need to contact our office and you will be provided with one more attempt to pass the post-test. The post-test will only be available at the end of the class. Once you pass the post-test, you will complete an evaluation online and then you will receive your Certificate of Attendance online, which you can view and print.

Registration Information

The course fee is determined by the date of payment in relation to the course date:

  • Early Registration: If payment is received 3 weeks prior to the webinar date.
  • Regular Registration: For payments received less than 3 weeks prior to the webinar date.

Cancellation Policy

There is a $35.00 processing fee, per seminar, for refunds requested by the Wednesday prior to the weekend of the webinar. After that time, there will be no refunds. If a course must be cancelled due to an unforeseen event (e.g., natural disaster, instructor illness), the webinar will be rescheduled. Participants will be credited to take the rescheduled course or another PPS webinar. No refunds will be given.

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