MI in Higher Education


STUDENT LIFE PROFESSIONALS: are critical links to first conversations, identification and referral of students due to concerns about substance use, behavior, or other lifestyle impediments to academic success.  Research indicates that strong MI techniques can diffuse defensiveness and increase positive outcomes.

Core MI training components include:

  • 5 key skills for effectively engaging with students and making connections to campus resources
  • 3 major roadblocks and how to avoid them
  • Diffusing defensiveness: What does research tell us? (especially important in conduct conversations)
  • Interactive practice opportunities to try it all out!

Wellness, Alcohol/Drug Education Professional Staff: MI is the foundation of evidence-based brief motivational interventions related to alcohol (sometimes called BASICS), marijuana and other drugs. These topics will be added to the core concepts:

  • Effectiveness of Brief Motivational Interventions  (BMI)
  • Adapting the research to implementation of brief interventions on your campus
  • Using the “change ruler” to evoke interest in change
  • “I’m good”: talking with the high-risk student with a low interest in change
  • Talking about marijuana: adaptations that work
  • Interactive practice opportunities

Check-out the training schedule or contact Ms. Rogan to discuss your training needs


Intervention defensiveness as a moderator of drinking outcome among heavy-drinking mandated college students, Palmer RS1Kilmer JRBall SALarimer ME.

College AIM (alcohol intervention matrix): Individual Level Strategies

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS): SAMHSA evidence-based best practice legacy program