Services and Trainings

MI learning is best done in chunks. About 16 hours of MI training are necessary to “learn how to learn MI,” , understand the spirit, methods and get some practical experience in trying it out.

Contact Mary Jane Rogan to discuss custom trainings or personal MI skills coaching.


Due to Covid, I am scheduling workshops as requested (face-to-face or using the Zoom platform).

 Training Descriptions

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Level 1.
A great MI start for anyone who has minimal or no prior MI training. Training will be useful to professionals in higher education, healthcare, social work, counseling or secondary education.   Includes updated concepts from the 3rd edition of Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change (Miller and Rollnick)

  • Spirit of MI: what, why and how.
  • 4 key skills for effectively engaging with students/patients (OARS)
  • 4 major roadblocks and how to avoid them (RULES)
  • Diffusing “defensiveness”: What does research tell us?
  • Leading them to water: how to evoke interest in change
  • Interactive practice opportunities to try it all out, using examples from health care, higher education and brief conversations about lifestyle.

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Level 2. Build on level 1 skills with this experiential workshop which includes updated concepts from the 3rd edition of Motivational Interviewing, Helping People Change (Miller and Rollnick)

  • The 4 processes: Using core skills to engage, focus, evoke and plan
  • Enhancing the spirit of MI
  • Listening and responding to change talk and sustain talk
  • Reflections: moving from simple to complex
  • Structuring feedback and advice the MI way
  • Experiential opportunities to try it all out

Motivational Interviewing in Brief Interventions for Alcohol (BASICS) and Marijuana.
A second level training for participants who have had at least 5 hours of prior MI training and want to enhance their skills to support BASICS or brief motivational interventions (BMI) for alcohol and marijuana use.

  • What is the evidence? Effectiveness of brief interventions
  • No judgment! Using MI for a collaborative conversation
  • Evoking interest and importance
  • Guiding the student through computer generated feedback
  • Creating feedback in the office together 
  • Using the change ruler to evoke interest in change
  • “I’m good”: how to work with the high-risk student with a low interest in change
  • Talking about marijuana: adaptations that work
  • Interactive practice opportunities
  • Fidelity to the BASICS model: implementation on your campus

Past Trainings (Partial List)

Motivational Interviewing: Using the Science of MI in Educational Settings
PA Community Prevention Alliance (CPA) Pre-conference Workshop
June 2019

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Interviewing in Brief Interventions for Alcohol (BASICS) and Marijuana, A 2-day Intensive
Central Penn College, April 2019
Catholic University of America, July 2019
Temple University, August 2019

Motivational Interviewing: Introduction Intensive
(Co-trainer through Drexel Behavioral Health)
Merakey, Sharon Hill, Spring 2019

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: A 2-day Intensive
Well Woman Program, Montgomery County Health Department, April 2019
Montgomery, Alabama

Motivational Interviewing in Brief Interventions for Alcohol (BASICS) and Marijuana
Rosemont College, Bryn Mawr, PA, September 2018
West Chester University, West Chester PA, August 2018

Motivational Interviewing in Primary Care
PA Free Clinics Association
June and October 2016