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ext: 22170

Health Leadership & Learning Network,
Faculty of Health

019 HNES Building
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Training in Motivational Interviewing

Get at resistance - replacing it with lasting motivation and behavior change’


  “As a health coach I found this course very useful since it provided me with tools and techniques that I can use in one-on-one coaching. I found it very helpful to learn about techniques to use with clients who are resistant to change. The facilitator was excellent; dynamic, passionate and inspiring.”

- Melina Ladoceur, Cancer Coach, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation


How will this workshop help you and your clients?

  • Open the door to more effective ways to negotiate change, increase positive outcomes and reduce frustration for your patients/clients and yourself
  • “Unstick” clients/patients and build lasting motivation for self-improvement
  • Empower clients/patients to accomplish their goals – no matter how challenging they appear
  • Be more effective in reducing resistance and building motivation with your colleagues, family and especially yourself!
  • Assess organizational needs and improve your programs/practice to support behaviour change


What you will learn

This workshop is an intensive introduction to Motivational Interviewing with movement to an advanced level of competency in understanding how to implement and sustain Health Behaviour Change for your clients, your programs, and overall practice.

  • Achieve competency in Motivational Interviewing principles and Self-Determination Theory
  • Master Skills – demonstrations and role-play with feedback to master techniques and support the use of the tools when you return to your practice
  • Assess and improve your Organizational Capacities and Practice to help practitioners and clients/patients sustain behavior change.


This workshop will get at the core of resistance and motivation for sustainable Behaviour Change



Who should take this workshop

  • Health Coaches and others working with clients for behaviour change
  • Healthcare, Public Health, and Allied Health Professionals
  • Health promotion practitioners
  • Program leads and program staff
  • Non-Profits using behaviour change methods for the people they serve




  • Workshop Day 1, full day, on campus
  • 2 weeks of “in-practice” time to work with and practice the tools
  • Workshop Day 2, full day, on campus


Instructor:  Michael J. Coons, PhD

Program Session Dates:


October 10 & 24, 2014

Day 1 - 8:30am --  4:30pm

Day 2 –9:00am --  1:00pm

2 day program with 2 weeks “in practice” time:


Registration Information

Price: $ 450.00 plus 13% HST tax for a total of $508.50

Fee includes the workshop, snacks and refreshments.

To Register:

  • Complete the Registration form and
  • Fax: (416) 736-5078  or
  • Email:   or
  • Mail:  registration form to:

Health Leadership & Learning Network 

Room 019 HNES Building

York University,

4700 Keele Street

Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Please call:  416-736-2100 x22170 for more information about the program or  Group Rates


Keele Campus, York University


Allied Health professionals taking this Workshop may be eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $1500 from the Allied Health Professional Development Fund offered through HealthForce Ontario. Please visit the HealthForce Ontario website for more details