Motivational Interviewing (MI) Training for Professionals

Ambivalence means feeling two ways about something.  It's also often the norm when making life changes.

Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based approach for helping clients/patients resolve their ambivalence, and move forward in a direction of positive behavior change.

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Valerie Hoover, PhD - Trainer

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY 27563) in California and and a member of the clinical faculty at Stanford University, School of Medicine.  I am also a member of the  Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. I adapt my trainings to meet the unique professional challenges and skill levels of learners in each training group. My training style strikes a balance between didactics and experiential exercises to best help learners incorporate the new skills and techniques into their current practice.


What will I learn?

I offer different levels of training (beginner, intermediate or advanced), lengths (1-hr introductory talks up to 1-3 day trainings) and modalities (group-based training and/or individual coaching).  Some of the specific skills that may be covered in training include:

  • Underlying spirit of MI and relation to patient-centered communication
  • When to apply MI (hint: it's not suited for every patient encounter)
  • Identifying client/patient motivation for change (i.e., "change talk" vs. "sustain talk")
  • Cultivating client/patient motivation for change
  • How to skillfully respond to client/patient resistance
  • How to provide advice/information without eliciting defensiveness
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To discuss options for group training or individual coaching, please contact me by email at or by phone at (650) 642-3297.