Motivational Interviewing
for Healthcare Organizations

What Is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a research-based communication approach for evoking patients’ internal motivation for behavior change.

Ambivalence often lies at the heart of behavioral change. While patients may recognize the benefits of making a change, they may also be faced with the drawbacks to change. If they are unable to resolve this ambivalence, they remain stuck—no forward progress.

MI provides a toolbox for healthcare professionals to effectively help patients resolve ambivalence and move towards change.

Research on Motivational Interviewing suggests it is an effective approach for catalyzing change related to lifestyle behaviors, substance use, patient self-monitoring, and attendance at medical appointments, as well as downstream effects on health outcomes.1

Research also suggests that an MI approach is significantly more effective than traditional advice-giving in clinical encounters.2

Training Experience

Dr. Hoover is a Certified MI Trainer and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. She has provided online and in-person MI training with thousands of healthcare professionals and students including RNs and APPs, dietitians, social workers, physicians, therapists, and medical and nursing students. 

Dr. Hoover has trained healthcare professionals that work in a variety of environments, including hospitals, ambulatory settings, community-based treatment settings, the pharmaceutical industry, and academic medical centers.

In addition to MI Training and clinical work, Dr. Hoover has also taught graduate level coursework in MI and conducted MI dissemination research.

MI Training Services

Initial Training

Dr. Hoover provides dedicated MI training to healthcare organizations. In designing each training Dr. Hoover includes a combination of didactics, live demonstration of MI skills, videos, and individual and small group exercises and skills practice. This dynamic approach keeps learners engaged and improves skill uptake.

Based on the needs of your organization, Dr. Hoover tailors each training to meet the specific challenges of your healthcare workforce and the patients they serve.

Advanced Learning Support

Dr. Hoover is currently developing an online learning platform to provide continuing, interactive MI training and support for learners after they complete initial MI training. The platform will include advanced opportunities for practicing MI skills and receiving constructive feedback. Estimated Release: Summer 2023.


Schedule a Free Consultation

To schedule a free 30-minute consultation to discuss MI training options for your organization, please book a time (below) with Dr. Hoover, or reach out directly at (650) 642-3297 or