Indigenized Motivational Interviewing: What is MI, & Why Use it with Native Clients?​ 2-Day Virtual Training

9:00am - November 3, 2021 thru 4:00pm - November 4, 2021 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Northwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: November 3, 2021
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This is for professionals working in Native communities in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon or Washington.

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This training is limited to 40 people and is only for providers in HHS Region 10: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Participants are expected to attend both days in full.

Deadline for applying is October 11, 2021; accepted applicants will be notified by email by October 22, 2021.

Offered in collaboration with Partnerships for Native Health at Washington State University.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the fundamental aspects of the way of being with relatives/clients that is the Motivational Interviewing (MI).
  • Learn to recognize change talk and sustain talk and how to respond to each in a good way.
  • Utilize open ended questions to develop discrepancy between ideal self and current behaviors in a way that encourages movement toward integrity.


Day 1

  • Introduction to the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) 
  • Why MI for Native Communities 
  • Introduction to the Tools of MI 
  • Skill-building Exercises

Day 2

  • Review & Discussion of Day 1 
  • Skill‐building Exercises 
  • Deeper into Change Talk 
  • Rolling with Resistance 
  • Avoiding Traps 
  • Real-world application


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Lonnie Nelson, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor, Partnerships for Native Health, Eastern band Cherokee (AniKituwah)

Dr. Lonnie Nelson (descendant of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology at University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center. In 2012, he returned to the field of Native health disparities through the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Career Development Award (K12) at the University of Washington School of Public Health. 
Dr. Nelson joined the Washington State University College of Nursing in 2015. His work aims to address health disparities experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native communities through multiple avenues. His current research interests focus on the elimination of health disparities in urban dwelling and other Native populations through the application of culturally adapted evidence-based interventions and other patient centered approaches to changing health behaviors, such as indigenized motivational interviewing and harm reduction treatments. Outside of work, he enjoys making and using traditional Native archery gear and spending time with his 3-year-old daughter, Amelia.